UKTI runs Green Construction mission to North America
‘Landscape and Urban Design is a vitally important part of the redevelopment in any modern city and we feel there are opportunities for innovative UK companies to partner with their US and Canadian counterparts and develop new collaborations in a time when our own investment programmes are slowing,’ says UKTI’s Mike Rundle.
There is a distinct appetite in the US and Canada, he adds, for British companies with expertise in blending heritage with renewal, ‘and these skills are in demand’.
The mission will offer UK companies the chance to investigate the market opportunities within the structure of a group visit, with access to leading state and city officials responsible for these projects.
The New York programme includes round-table discussions with the US Green Building Council and state officials involved in the infrastructure investment projects taking place in the New York region, meetings with key construction groups and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Alongside presentations from architectural practices such as FXFOWLE, UKTI will have the opportunity for a site visit and meetings with leading construction companies such as McGraw Hill, which will present its Green Building Report. ‘Our official reception at the consulate will be attended by key decision makers and influencers in the New York City and State area,’ says Rundle.
Moving on to Boston, UKTI is arranging a design build session with MIT, the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Mission participants will have the opportunity to network with representatives of leading organisations such as Fraunhoefer CSE as well as meeting representatives from the local design and build communities at an official reception held at the Consulate.
From Boston the mission heads to Toronto, the largest city in Canada, where UKTI has partnered with the Canada Green Building Council to host a one-day conference with the leading companies in the state of Ontario, where mission participants will have the chance to meet with and present to an audience of key decision makers and influencers in the Greenbuild community.
Mission participants can join or leave the itinerary at any point and can apply to UKTI for grant support towards the cost of travel and accommodation.