Turner & Townsend joins UK-China Academy

Turner & Townsend’s North West team is partnering with other leading UK and international businesses from the north of the UK, to create an Infrastructure Academy which generates Chinese investment in the UK Infrastructure market.

The Academy is a major initiative, led by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS), for CEOs and senior delegates from Chinese businesses and government.  Two five day modules, covering energy and rail sectors, aim to establish a deep understanding of the benefits of investing in UK infrastructure and the opportunities for joint investment in third party countries.

David Barnsley, Turner & Townsend Associate Director, commented: “I spoke to the first delegation on procurement in the UK construction market, as well as the challenges and constraints of public procurement under EU Directives."


The training programme overall offers practical, applicable knowledge and skills rather than pure academic training.”

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor, The University of Manchester, said:

Our support in delivering this UK-China Infrastructure Academy Programme is another significant development in building on our strong relationship with China.

“I am delighted that we are able to deliver this prestigious joint initiative between the UK and Chinese governments. Alliance Manchester Business School and the University are home to some of the leading experts on business links between our two countries and we have put together a programme for the delegates that will foster relationships, and encourage infrastructure investment.”

The first ,module with a focus on infrastructure took place in February. Delegates heard from a range of speakers including Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Sir Howard Bernstein on what the Northern Powerhouse has to offer. Chinese businesses also visited Manchester City Football Stadium and Drax Power Station. 

The next session will take place in March, focusing on the rail sector.