Civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has won
its first international contracts with appointments on a major highway scheme
and building project in Kurdistan. 
The company has secured work in the area as part of a major
infrastructure development programme in the region. 
BSP has been appointed by the Ministry of Culture as
checking engineer for a new theatre in the capital, Erbil. Work is due to get
underway on site on the Holi Gel theatre project shortly. 
The firm has also been appointed to provide project
management services on a road scheme in the
region’s second city, Slemani. Work on the 40 km dual carriageway, between the
towns of Dukan and Chwarqurna, features a number of bridges and is expected to
take two years. 
BSP, which has its headquarters at Oxford Street,
Nottingham, and branches in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, now has two
engineers in Kurdistan who are overseeing the work. 
“For a while we have been looking at opportunities in the
Middle East in places like Abu Dhabi and more
recently Kurdistan, and we are very pleased to have secured these two
contracts,” said BSP managing director David Sumner. 
“The downturn in the UK construction sector gave us the
chance to fully explore areas overseas that were looking for British expertise.
Our investment in this over the past few years is now coming to fruition, and
we hope that further opportunities will be forthcoming.” 
Representatives from BSP have travelled to the Middle East
on a number of occasions for a series of meetings and trade exhibitions ahead
of securing the work.The contracts mark the first overseas developments
undertaken by BSP.
“Since forming almost 15 years ago, we have gradually expanded
as a company and we now cover the whole of the UK. The recently won work in Kurdistan is our first international
development, however,” added David. 
As an oil-rich region, Kurdistan is investing heavily in
infrastructure, including roads, hospitals, schools, housing and cultural
amenities. The Kurdistan Regional Government has a large spending programme
underway which involves major public schemes.
BSP is now registered to operate in the region, which is
part of Iraq, and hopes to be involved in additional projects in the future,
said David. 
The company provides a comprehensive range of consultancy
services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental
engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project
managers and contractors to developers and estate agents.

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