A-one+ has named Chris Sheppard as the new general manager for its work in Highways England Area 4.
Sheppard was formerly CH2M’s development director for rail, working on the High Speed 2 (HS2) route development from London to Crewe. He ran CH2M’s successful bid to be a HS2 delivery partner.
The A-one+ joint venture of Costain, Colas and CH2M won the five-year asset support contract for Area 4, covering Kent, Surrey and East and West Sussex in June. Its value is up to £165M, combined with the Area 12 Yorkshire and Humberside contract won at the same time.
Sheppard was project director for Docklands Light Railway (DLR) operator Serco during the London Olympics, before moving to CH2M in 2013.
“I enjoy managing teams of people, dealing with customers and the day-to-day surprises of operations and maintenance work so applied for the post as soon as I saw the advertisement,” he said.
“The roads sector was a big attraction because there is new realisation by government of the importance of well-maintained highways to underpin economic development. Alongside that, Highways England is a large, important client so will be interesting to work with.
“Roads have become so much busier and we, as a maintenance contractor, need to be innovative in finding ways of keeping the roads open and our workforce and the driving safe.
“In Area 4 we will be learning all the lessons from other A-one+ regions such as the major success on Area 14 with automated cold in situ recycling, which has the potential to achieve outputs of 2,000t per shift.”