Bristol appoints Arcadis as city-wide strategic partner


Bristol City Council has named Arcadis as its new strategic partner to aid the delivery of new infrastructure, homes and regeneration across the city.

Arcadis will join the local authority in a new long-term capital strategic partnership that aims to accelerate the delivery of a range of infrastructure and building projects and create new jobs across Bristol.

Bristol Bridge at night

It will support the council as it carries out work to meet the city-wide ambitions of the One City Plan, and will itself be supported by Arup and Mott MacDonald. The One City Plan was launched in January 2019 and sets out Bristol’s ambitions by 2050.

Craig Cheney, deputy mayor and cabinet member for finance, governance and performance, said: ‘Bristol is a growing, attractive city for investment, but we know this comes with challenges. As we navigate the city through the crisis, it is vital we work together and collaboratively to make sure our city’s values are at the heart of the recovery.

‘Our new relationship with Arcadis, supported by Arup and Mott MacDonald, means we can leverage the council’s capacity and expertise to better develop infrastructure plans, build homes and deliver for Bristol. With the help of three global professional leaders sharing our ambition, we will grow a healthier, inclusive and more sustainable city.’

Richard Bonner, UK commercial and operations director, Arcadis says: 'As residents of the city over the past 20 years, this is an exciting opportunity to provide Bristol City Council with additional capacity, capability and global expertise to meet ambitions for the city.

'We are confident that this long-term partnership will not only inject pace into the delivering the ambitions of the One City Plan but will also catalyse the city’s economic recovery post-COVID.'

Arcadis said that with Arup and Mott MacDonald it will provide a full range of benefits including:

  • generating more jobs through local employment
  • flexible additional capacity to enable the provision of all resources necessary to deliver quality outcomes;
  • supporting and enabling innovation whilst offering an appropriate balance and management of project risk;
  • helping to develop council internal processes / procedures
  • growing internal competency and support culture change through two-way knowledge transfer and upskilling of the council in-house team
  • driving social value initiatives within the city, including assisting the growth of businesses.

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