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Rab Brown joins Capita Crossrail team

Tunnelling and major projects guru Rab Brown has quit his role at CH2M Hill to join Capita Symonds’ bid to win Crossrail’s delivery partner contract.

Brown left CH2M Hill, where he was working on Abu Dhabi’s Masdar eco city, before Christmas and is now a key part of Capita Symonds/Northcroft team. He joins former Highways Agency chief executive Archie Robertson, High Speed 1 London tunnels and Stratford International project director Terry McDonald, Swiss Maglev Rail and Alp Transit Gotthard campaigner Nik Koenig and ex-Network Rail programme controls director Alistair Kirk in the Capita/Northcroft squad.

Brown played a leading role on the Channel Tunnel and then on the High Speed 1 railway between London and the Channel Tunnel before heading Halcrow’s Iraq reconstruction team. He then played a pivotal role in the bid that won CH2M Hill, Mace and Laing O’Rourke the job of Olympic delivery partner.

Final interviews for the £400M Crossrail delivery partner role take place in early February. Capita/Northcroft’s bid will compete with a Bechtel/Halcrow/Systra joint venture, a Laing O’Rourke/Atkins bid and Balfour Beatty/Parsons Brinckerhoff/Davis Langdon bid.

  • Former High Speed 1 client Rob Holden is still odds on favourite to become Crossrail chief executive. An announcement on who is filling the post and on the hotly contested programme partner contract is expected by the end of this month.

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