• Cook 'to go the extra mile' at GRAHAM


    GRAHAM has appointed Rob Cook as its new highways framework director as its civil engineering division continues to secure contracts across the UK.

    The family-run firm said Mr Cook will be responsible for continuing GRAHAM’s strong start to 2017 – which includes a significant collaborative delivery framework (CDF) contract on the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth – and preparing CDF bids.


    Mr Cook has 18 years’ experience in the industry. His career until now includes working for various civil engineering firms across the country. Having worked closely with Highways England in previous roles various roles, he will aim to build on his good relationship with the Government-owned company.

    Mr Cook said: ‘I am delighted to have joined GRAHAM, a business that has maintained its traditional skills and values over many years. Coming from my own family’s construction firm, GRAHAM’s ethos matches my own values – forging strong relationships with our customers and completing projects to the highest standards.

    ‘We will continue to integrate ourselves into every project, going the extra mile for our customers and working closely with communities in an open and honest manner during all of the work we complete.

    ‘It is through this integrated approach that we continue to see our customers coming back to us again and again – further strengthening our relationships and creating strong partnerships.’

    Mr Cook has worked on projects across the UK, including civil engineering works completed for the London 2012 Olympics, as well as significant contracts along the River Thames and for Westminster Abbey. Rob has also worked on various highways, waste water and water infrastructure projects, as well as bridge maintenance and concrete works.

    GRAHAM said it continues to recruit across the country as its civil engineering division continues to grow substantially.


    Channel: Highways

    keywords: Road Construction

  • Leon Daniels to step down from TfL


    Leon Daniels is to leave his role as Transport for London’s (TfL) managing director of surface transport after delaying his retirement two years ago.

    After nearly seven years in the job, Mr Daniels will step down towards the end of the year.

    Leon Daniels, TfL's managing director of surface transport

    Mike Brown, London's Transport Commissioner, said: `Leon had intended to retire in 2015 but agreed to stay on after my appointment as Commissioner. He has made a very significant contribution to TfL and London and has done this critical job for longer than any of his predecessors.

    ‘Our progress under his leadership has been considerable. This includes building a bus service that is the envy of all world cities, laying firm foundations for radical change in walking and cycling and helping focus us on improving road safety and air quality to help secure our city's future.

    He added: `Leon led our Surface teams through the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games and, as head of our resilience functions, has provided leadership and support at difficult times. I am very grateful for the advice and support he has given me, and we will all be wishing him the very best for the future.'

    Mr Daniels' responsibilities include the safe and efficient running of London's roads, bus services, taxis, cycle hire, river services, London Overground, DLR, Emirates Air Line and Trams.

    He joined TfL in April 2011 after a career in Government, shipping, tourism and public transport, including 13 years at FirstGroup.


    Channel: Transportation

    keywords: Buses | Transport Planning

  • New chair for NEC Users' Group


    NEC, which produces model contracts for engineering and construction projects, has announced that Dr David Hancock of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has joined its users’ group as chair.

    Dr Hancock is construction director for the IPA, which reports to the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.


    He said: ‘I am excited to share government perspectives on the NEC Contracts with the wider NEC Users’ Group.

    ‘The use of NEC4 on public sector projects will help improve central government’s capability as a construction client, increase productivity in the sector and get good quality projects and better value for money for the taxpayer.’

    Rekha Thawrani, general manager for NEC, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. David Hancock to the Users’ Group. We feel very privileged to have him taking up the role as our chair.

    ‘David will succeed Beth West as chair and we would like to offer our deepest thanks to Beth who has provided valuable input to the Users’ Group throughout her time in this role.’

    Dr Hancock has experience working in the private, public and voluntary sectors having been head of risk for Transport for London, with responsibility for risk and project services across its £15bn capital portfolio.

    He was also director of risk and assurance for two London mayors and executive director for Halcrow (now CH2M).


    Channel: Infrastructure

    keywords: Business

  • GRAHAM appoints new director for Highways England work


    GRAHAM has appointed former Kier boss Dave Brown as its new contracts director for highways projects, leading on the delivery of the Highways England Collaborative Delivery Framework.

    Mr Brown has experience across marine, rail, tram, highways and power and worked for Kier Infrastructure as a project director of the Wakefield Waste PFI Contract, a £100m scheme involving the construction of a complex waste handling facility.

    Dave Brown contracts director at GRAHAM

    Recently he has been involved in a multi-billion-pound bid for the Highways England framework.

    In his current role, he is a key presenter in the Highways England Highways Strategic Alignment Review Tool (StART) process, which can be crucial to winning work with the government-owned company.

    Mr Brown commented: 'I am delighted to be taking on this role within GRAHAM, and I hope that with my extensive experience of multidisciplinary projects and my collaborative and forward-thinking approach to working, I can help the business achieve its operational goals and vision to be a £1bn turnover business by 2021.

    'Our civil engineering division has been involved in some very prestigious projects nationwide in recent years, and I am excited at the prospect of leading on the Highways England Collaborative Delivery Framework.'

    Mr Brown has always worked on high profile projects, leading Structures teams in the M40 and M1 widening, along with the Sheffield Supertram project, both of which were award-winning.


    Channel: Highways


  • New director for LCVT


    Steve Elwell has been appointed as sales and marketing director of recently formed Light Commercial Vehicle Technology Ltd (LCVT).

    Peterborough-based LCVT was initially formed to design and manufacture bespoke racing car transporters and exhibition units, which required a new type of chassis conversion.

    James Varney (right) welcomes Steve Elswell to LCTV

    LCVT developed this in conjunction with a leading European manufacturer to meet the demands of intensively operated commercial vehicles, rather than the leisure market.

    LCVT founder and operations director Jamie Varney comments, 'Using our unique, specially developed, low-height chassis conversion LCVT is in the process of developing a wide range of specialist light commercial vehicle bodywork. Steve Elwell’s long experience in this field will enable LCVT to rapidly grow its business in these specialist sectors.'

    Mr Elwell said:'LCVT is a forward thinking company backed by a unique range of design and engineering expertise. In addition to the vehicles already being readied for production we have other projects close to fruition, including race car transporters and exhibition units.

    'LCVT is also looking to partner other commercial body builders who have a need for a low floor chassis platform for specific projects, which we can work with to design solutions.'

    LCTV Chassis Conversion

    In a statement on the chassis conversion, LCVT said: 'The conversion naturally lends itself to a cone deployment vehicle, or for use to deliver to site, temporary traffic light systems and signage. Available as either a 3,500kg or 4,500kg gross vehicle, the proven design offers an attractive alternative to the current options in the market.'

    The LCVT low-height chassis conversion is available for the following vehicles - Citroen Relay Fiat Ducato Nissan NV400 Peugeot Boxer Renault Master Vauxhall Movano.


    Channel: Highways