ACCOLADES AND AWARDS Tunnelling Fellows at Royal Academy 29 Jul 2013
Shani Wallis, TunnelTalk
- Three prominent members of the tunnelling industry in the UK are among 60 new Fellows elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering for 2013.
- Martin Knights FREng FICE MCIHT, is Global Head of Tunnelling and Earth Engineering and Sciences at the CH2M Hill Halcrow Group in London and is known to many in the UK and the international tunnelling industry.
- As well as a member of the BTS, British Tunnelling Society, Knights served as President of the ITA, International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 2007 to 2010. A civil engineering graduate, he has worked in tunnelling for more than 40 years and was presented with the BTS James Clark Medal in recognition of his contribution to international tunnelling.
- Among many infrastructure schemes in the UK and overseas, he has been involved with planning, design and construction of more than 100km of high voltage cable-carrying tunnels under London's metropolitan area; the underground works for the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva; underground hydro schemes below the Drakensberg Mountains on the Kwa Zulu-Lesotho border and in Thika, Kenya, and, currently, is acting as an expert panel member for underground works on London's Crossrail project; is a visiting Engineer for hydro power tunnel and caverns in the Himalayas in Kashmir; and an adviser on plans for both metro and high-speed rail projects in Brazil.
- Knights is also a Trustee of the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe which commemorates the world's first sub aqueous tunnel built under The Thames built by Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Trustees and Volunteers of the Museum were collectively awarded the MBE for the Queens Award for Voluntary Services in 2010.
Andrew Wolstenholme OBE
- Andrew Wolstenholme OBE FREng FICE FRICS is a specialist in delivering large-scale and prestigious construction projects. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Europe's largest construction project, the Crossrail scheme, that is driving a new fast metro link through central London, joining the rail transport systems to the east and the west of the city. A civil engineering graduate and former Army officer, Wolstenholme has led some of the UK's largest and most prestigious projects. He was Construction Director for the Heathrow Express fast rail link to London's airport and Programme Director for construction of Terminal Five at Heathrow.
- In business, Wolstenholme has worked for Arup and the US contractor group Schal on bridges and skyscrapers. He also worked in Hong Kong on the development of the new airport and the mass transit system. Before his current post he was Director of Innovation and Strategic Capability for Balfour Beatty.
- He is author of Never Waste a Good Crisis, the 2009 report on the UK Construction Industry. He was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry in June 2009.
- Peter Hansford FREng FICE FAPM has been Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government since December 2012. He has been involved in many tunnelling infrastructure projects in the UK including as Project Manager for the Docklands Light Railway from 1989 to 1992 at the time when major expansion of the network was underway. Later he was Executive Director of the Strategic Rail Authority and he has been influential in the development of integrated transport systems in London, with studies that led to the incorporation of the former East London Line into the overground network and to the realisation of Crossrail.
- As Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government, he reports to Ministers in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office and he chairs the Government Construction Board which has the remit of reducing construction costs by an average of 15-20%. Part of his Government responsibility is to work with industry and official bodies to deliver low-carbon construction, and he was chairman of the profession's input to the Government's Low-Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team (IGT).
- Hansford is a former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, is a former Executive Director of the Nichols Group, and is Chairman of the charity Engineers Without Borders.
- Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the UK. The fellowship, comprising eminent engineers, mainly from the UK but also from overseas, provides the leadership and expertise for the Academy's activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national institution, the Academy provides independent and impartial advice to Government; works to secure the next generation of engineers; and provides a voice for Britain's engineering community.
- In welcoming the new Fellows, Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Academy said: "With the expertise, knowledge and vision of the new Fellows we will continue to strengthen our ambition of providing authoritative, impartial, and expert engineering advice to government, and to develop the Academy's growing impact and influence on a global stage."
- Visit the Royal Academy of Engineering website to know of other Fellows elected for 2013 and more about the Academy and its activities.
Preparing for the 36th ITA General Assembly - TunnelTalk, April 2010
New ITA President takes the helm - TunnelCast, May 2010
Martin Knights honoured with BTS award - TunnelTalk, June 2010
Spectacular excavations for physics research - TunnelTalk, August 2001
Special TBM needed for Himalayan drive - TunnelTalk, March 2010
Scheduling for success at Crossrail - TunnelTalk, April 2011
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