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British firm seeks Brisbane work

British owned consultant and project manager Turner & Townsend said this week it was pressing hard to win clean-up work in flood stricken Brisbane.

Turner & Townsend has its Australian HQ in Brisbane and its staff have already been given time off work to help with the immediate clean up effort.

A huge flood relief effort is underway as the flood waters recede in Brisbane, following one of Australia’s worst natural disasters.

Water and mud from the Brisbane River swamped 30,000 homes and businesses in the city.

The cost of the disaster is expected to run to billions of pounds after the torrent of water flooded mines, washed away railway tracks and closed factories.

The firm itself has strong expertise in flood clear up work.

It was heavily involved in the clear up following the UK floods in 2007.

It worked primarily for Yorkshire Water, which suffered significant flooding to various sewage assets.

During that clear up operation the firm drove the £70M programme of emergency works to get the affected sites back to operational status as soon as possible, finding £24M of savings through scope reductions and efficiencies.

“There has got to be work for us in the clear up,” chief executive Vince Clancy told NCE. “In the UK three years ago we got involved, helping to get schools up and running and working with British Waterways.

“Our staff in Brisbane have already been given time off to help with the immediate clean up operation.”

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