International consultancy and construction company Mace provides integrated services across the lifecycle of a property or infrastructure project, including project and programme management, construction management and cost management. The company’s head office is in London, supported by five strategic hubs with 4,000 staff, in over 70 countries around the world.
Mace has an impressive portfolio of projects, including Heathrow Terminal 5; the new Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh; and the Venetian Resort in Macau, China. The company helped to prepare London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and went on to be one of three members of the CLM consortium, the delivery partner to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). CLM was responsible for creating the infrastructure and venues for the Games, managing key issues including costs, design, sustainability, equality and diversity, and legacy transformation. Within the consortium, Mace had responsibility for the overall programme delivery. The company has since continued its association with London 2012 and is now working with the London Legacy Development Corporation, advising on the programme management of the legacy and transformation of the Olympic Park and venues.
“From the preparation of a bid to the delivery of the event, we provide a strategic outlook,” says Jason Millett, Chief Operating Officer for Major Programmes and Infrastructure at Mace. “Our experts see the big picture and have the know-how to produce programmes and projects to get the best outcome for the client. This gives our clients a competitive advantage right from the start and ensures that they create a valuable, long-lasting legacy of buildings and facilities.”
In May 2012, a joint venture between Mace and EC Harris was appointed by Qatar’s public works authority, Ashghal, to deliver a major programme of social infrastructure building projects across the country. The contract will last for five years, with the option to extend by a further two years.
For several years, Mace has worked with UKTI to get involved in major international projects. For example, in March 2013 the company took part in the Explore Asia Campaign, meeting delegates from Vietnam hosted by UKTI to discuss ways in which it could help with the Asian Games.
“UKTI gets us in front of people we might not have access to otherwise,” says Jason. “Even where we already have a presence in a country, our association with UKTI is beneficial, and shows that we are aligned with the UK Government. For example, we have worked with French energy giant, EDF, for some time, supporting their planning application for the power station at Hinkley Point. But supporting them by attending a reception hosted by UKTI at the Ambassador’s Residence in Paris really helped to strengthen the relationship between us. UKTI has also helped us to identify high value opportunities such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.”
Gutenborg residential development
Mace has had a presence in Russia since 2007, when it was invited by the Organising Committee of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi to provide programme management and preconstruction expertise. On its arrival in St Petersburg, the company got in touch with the British Consulate General and representatives of the local UKTI team, the start of a crucial relationship.
UKTI has provided ongoing support to Mace, both with getting established at a corporate level and through formal and informal networking opportunities. Indeed, UKTI introduced the company to a logistics firm that is helping with the planning of how materials will be moved in and around Russia and local developers with whom it is building a pipeline of business.
Mace’s business in Russia was given a huge boost in early 2013 when it was awarded a £1 billion contract to deliver the Gutenborg project in St Petersburg with local partner, SPb Renovation. This residential project will involve the design and construction of over 780,000 square metres of residential space, creating some 15,600 apartments, with schools, kindergartens, a polyclinic and all supporting roads, transport and utilities infrastructure required for a development housing 25,000 people.
“UKTI empowers us in moving our business forward,” says Rob Ewen, Director of Mace and Project Director for the Gutenborg project. “Our association with them gives us credibility when dealing with locals who don’t know us or the way we work. For example, the interplay between SPb Renovation, UKTI and ourselves helped to build confidence between us, reinforcing our developing relationship. Gutenborg is a challenging and significant project that will inspire change in the residential infrastructure of St Petersburg and set a new standard for large residential developments. We will be building on the programme management systems and procedures that we used on the London Games, an experience which stands us in good stead to continue to grow our international business.”
Countries: Qatar and Russia