FORMER CROSSRAIL boss Norman Haste confirmed this week that he is going to Dubai to run Laing O'Rourke's Middle East business.
'Some people may ask why I am choosing to work overseas at my time in life but I am still very excited by a challenge, ' Haste told NCE.
'I have worked overseas in the past, and my roots are in contracting, working with large teams on major projects. There are tremendous opportunities.' Industry insiders speculated that former Cross London Rail Links chief executive Haste was lining himself up for a job on the biggest project of all, the Olympics, a move he did not rule out.
'Would I work on the Olympics?
I couldn't possibly answer that but I am used to working in a business where you never know what is around the corner. It depends what else is going on, ' he said.
Laing is currently involved with one of four consortia short listed to become project managers for the Olympic park. It is bidding with CH2MHill and Mace.
Dubai, India and Australia are the main international centres for Laing. Haste said he anticipates working in the Middle East and on the trans-harbour project in Mumbai.