UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that UK consultant Turner & Townsend has been appointed by the Canadian government to oversee a major refurbishment of part of the Canadian parliamentary complex in Ottawa.
As she flew into Ottawa for talks with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, May announced the £34m deal to manage the refurbishment of the Centre Block, the core component of the Parliament Hill complex in the Canadian capital.
Turner & Townsend has been appointed to provide strategic advisory services in cost, time and risk management. Work is expected to begin in 2018.
May said: "Canada and the United Kingdom have a long-shared history. We have developed the institutions of Westminster democracy, personal rights, and the common law. And we celebrate together our shared monarchy, and close ties of family and friendship."
Neil Bullen, Turner & Townsend’s managing director for Global Business Generation said: "Canada and North America are hugely important to the global success of Turner & Townsend. The Centre Block is one of Canada’s most recognised and iconic buildings and we’re proud to provide British and international expertise to the Canadian government to make it a success."
Image: The Peace Tower dominates the Centre Block structure of the Canadian Parliament buildings (Saffron Blaze/Wikimedia Commons)