Howard Shiplee CBE
The recipient of this year’s B&ES Gold Award has recently handed over one of the largest and most prestigious projects in UK construction history.
As construction director for the London 2012 Olympic Games, he has been responsible for over £9bn-worth of project value, made up of 75,000 separate work packages handled by a supply chain consisting of hundreds of firms.
At its peak, the project involved 4,000 workers operating across a 650-acre site.
He was responsible for development, best practice, budgeting and - above all - ensuring that the least flexible deadline any project manager has ever faced was met in full.
Appointed by the Olympic Delivery Authority in June 2006, he set about creating venues the whole country could be proud of within the parameters of the ODA’s underpinning values of accessibility, equality and inclusion, health, safety and security, sustainability and legacy.
The last of these involved delivering world-class venues that would continue to fulfil useful roles long after the athletes had gone home. This involved ground-breaking, flexible and robust engineering design.
He also ensured the ODA operated as an ‘intelligent’ client by maintaining close links with supply chain partners.
Howard Shiplee is a former director of construction consultancy High Point Rendel, where he led the ambitious refurbishment of Ascot racecourse.
He received a further royal seal of approval earlier this year when he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his services to construction.
His outstanding achievement in relation to the London Olympics project is succinctly summed up in his own words: “We are now a beacon of hope, demonstrating on a world stage what our industry can do.”
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