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Mike Butler, Morrison Construction

Mike Butler has been appointed as regional manager for Morrison's niche business in the Falkland Islands.

For the last 20 years Butler, 58, has worked for Morrison's joint venture with Earth Tech on AMP4 projects for Yorkshire Water. He joined the company as a managing quantity surveyor and his current position is scheme manager for waste water projects in the Leeds area.

When he takes up the new post on 6 March, his journey to work will have been 8,000 miles. He flies out on a Ministry of Defence service from RAF Brize Norton via Ascension Island.

Butler will lead a 40-strong team involved in a variety of building and civil engineering projects for the Falkland Islands Government. Extensions to the police station and abattoir are to start in April. There are also plans to construct jetties for a new roll on roll off ferry service between West and East Falkland.

"The planning and logistics of construction are the biggest challenge out there," says Butler. "All structures are designed to UK specifications using UK materials which take around six weeks to be delivered. There's no nipping down to the local builder's merchant if you're short of something!"

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