Jacobs to help transform Edinburgh city centre

By Andrew Woods
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, has beenawarded a contractby the City of Edinburgh Council inScotlandto help develop the strategy, delivery plan and detai...

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, has been awarded a contract by the City of Edinburgh Council in Scotland to help develop the strategy, delivery plan and detailed business case for the transformation of Edinburgh City Centre. The City of Edinburgh Transformation Program is a multi-million-dollar investment to improve community, economic and cultural life of one the most iconic cities in the world.

Jacobs' partners for the project include Big Partnership, Burohappold,Engineering, City Smart, Mofffatt Centre at the Glasgow Caledonian University, Open, Simetrica, Space Syntax, Turely Heritage and WYG.  

Jacobs, supported by its partners, will provide the delivery plan for the historic overhaul of the Scottish capital's streets, public spaces and amenities to ensure it is future-proofed for generations to come. This will include strategies to make the city more accessible for residents, visitors and business, creating better connectivity with sustainable, smart and cleaner transport options, enhancing civic centres, and improving air quality.

"Edinburgh is one of the world's most archetypal cities and this program enables Jacobs to play a role in helping the council make the city the best place to live, work and invest," said Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Europe Senior Vice President and General Manager Donald Morrison. "Our understanding of the city through previous iconic projects, global projects expertise and ability to challenge different ways of thinking will enable us to co-create a plan that ensures a fairer, healthier and thriving capital city fit for the future."

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Transport and Environment Convener, Councilor Lesley Macinnes, said: "This is a deeply ambitious and potentially game-changing opportunity to transform the city center of one of Europe's leading cities, for the benefit of generations to come. As we move forward with the consultation on how a future Edinburgh should look, we're pleased to be working with Jacobs, whose previous projects demonstrate the ability to deliver forward-thinking solutions." 

Jacobs employs over 1,100 staff in Scotland and has played a leading role in delivering some of the largest infrastructure programs in Scotland including the Queensferry Crossing, which links Edinburgh and Fife, and the A9 Improvements Program. Wide-ranging support of sustainable transformation programs for other U.K. cities include Dundee Rail Station (part of the ongoing transformation of Dundee), Birmingham City Council's Snow Hill Growth Strategy and development of a Clean Air Zone, and previously the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jacobs was selected as the preferred bidder after a tender process under the Scotland Excel Framework. The framework covers the delivery of social care, construction, roads, transport, environment, corporate, education and ICT services, and awards contracts designed to encourage innovation, facilitate policy, support local economies and generate social value for communities.

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With $15 billion in fiscal 2017 revenue when combined with full-year CH2M revenues and a talent force of more than 77,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors.


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