Laing O’Rourke chairman and chief executive Ray O’Rourke has confirmed that former Crossrail chairman Douglas Oakervee is to join his firm’s senior management team.
Oakervee is to lead Laing O’Rourke’s business development activities in Hong Kong and the surrounding Chinese provinces. His appointment takes effect from 1 September.
Oakervee has a long history of working in the Far East, and was engineer in charge of the construction of Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport and associated transport infrastructure in the late 1990s.
O’Rourke said: “I am delighted Doug has agreed to bring his wealth of experience, and intimate knowledge of our industry, into our ambitions in Asia Pacific. This is a region where Doug developed his unrivalled reputation for delivering large-scale, complex, infrastructure projects and we are extremely pleased he is joining the team.”
Oakervee, who is a past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “This is an exciting, fresh challenge for me and I look forward immensely to reacquainting myself with the region and becoming part of a team with great energy and ambition.”
His career in the construction industry started with tunnelling contractors Charles Brand, where he trained under the guidance of the late James Rennie. In 1975 he joined the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation and seven years later established his own consultancy, taking on design and project management commissions for a variety of major works throughout the Far East.
In 1991 he was appointed project director for the planning, design and procurement of the reclamation works and airport construction for the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok.
Oakervee enhanced his reputation for firm control of the projects in his charge by bringing home this massive job on time and within budget between 1991 and 1999, working in close collaboration with the Chinese authorities who were taking over governance of the former colony during the period of the contract.
Since his return to the UK in 1999 he has advised on several significant infrastructure projects both in the UK and aboard. As a past chairman for Engineers against Poverty and past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers has helped facilitate better relationships between the Government and industry in various aspects of engineering.