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HS2 engineering director quits for Mott MacDonald

High Speed 2 (HS2) engineering director Chris Dulake has quit the project to take up a senior role at Mott MacDonald.

Dulake only joined HS2 Ltd in May last year, having moved from the role of chief engineer for the Crossrail project.

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Chris Dulake

Dulake has quit High Speed 2 to join Mott MacDonald

On HS2 Dulake was providing functional leadership to all Phase 1 engineers and was lead engineer for the project.

On Crossrail he performed a similar role, acting as the engineering technical authority providing technical leadership for the programme.

In this role he was instrumental in establishing the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy, developing the contract procurement strategy, and delivering safety through innovation and design.

He particularly focused on finding ways to improve the efficiency of sprayed concrete lining (SCL). By effectively creating a laboratory in a section of SCL tunnel at Liverpool Street Station through intensive use of instrumentation and monitoring, he has shown that lining thicknesses can be reduced around cross-passages – an area that is traditionally treated conservatively.

This work will now be carried over onto Crossrail 2.

Dulake has previously held positions with Arup and Aecom, leading tunnelling and underground construction divisions. He has been a project director a number of international and UK major metro projects including the King’s Cross Tube station redevelopment, the Marmaray Crossing in Istanbul and Second Avenue Subway in New York.

Mott MacDonald has now snared Dulake to become its major projects portfolio director. He will join the firm in May and will play a leading role engaging with customers and positioning Mott MacDonald for major United Kingdom and international infrastructure projects.

Said Mott MacDonald Group board director Mike Haigh: ”Chris is a fantastic appointment for us as he has great insight into the priorities for clients undertaking major infrastructure projects. He will be a hugely valuable resource for our staff due to his vast experience and our clients can only benefit from his knowledge to help realise their project ambitions.”

However Mott MacDonald has confirmed to HS2 Ltd that Dulake will not get involved in HS2’s current procurement processes.

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