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Broadgate champ elected

PETER ROGERS, one of the most influential civil engineers in the building sector during the late eighties boom, will become an ICE vice president in November.

Rogers, 53, brother of architect Lord Richard Rogers, is renowned for playing a leading role in popularising construction management techniques in the UK and focusing attention on industry efficiency in a way later taken up by Sir John Egan.

For the last half of the 1980s, Rogers led the construction of innovative office buildings worth over £1bn. His crowning achievement was the Broadgate complex built around London's Liverpool Street Station.

It was on Broadgate that Rogers fully developed a method of working which promoted a no-blame culture and a willingness to learn from mistakes while keeping up with deadlines of unprecedented fierceness.

Although Stanhope ran into problems when the property market crashed, Rogers kept busy during the 1990s advising on a series of London art-related projects such as the development of the Royal Opera House, the Tate Museum at Bankside and the new Sadlers Wells theatre.

Rogers' fellow VP Professor Adrian Long is currently dean of the faculty of engineering at Queen's University and has a lengthy history of involvement in the ICE.

He was on Council from 1989 to 1992 and was a member of JBM, the ET&M committee.

He has been a recipient of some of the ICE's major prizes including the Miller Prize, the Telford Premium and Baker Medal.

Long graduated in the first place from Queen's himself, in 1963, with a first class degree in civil engineering he collected a Phd in structural engineering four years later.

He worked as a bridge designer and oil rig designer in Canada before joining the academic world.

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