Construction Enquirer News Shaun Pidcock takes project director role on UK’s longest road tunnel

Highways England’s Smart motorways chief Shaun Pidcock is changing jobs to take over at the £6.8bn Lower Thames Crossing project.

Pidcock becomes projects director of the vast project to construct the UK longest road tunnel and link it into the motorway network.

He joined Highways England from Transport for London just over four years ago and has been working as programme director for the country’s Smart motorways plan.

Pidcock drove the overhaul of Smart motorways delivery, which had been suffering from significant cost-overruns on several projects.

He instigated the shift towards the new alliancing delivery to try to curb cost increases.

This saw responsibility for delivery of the future £7bn programme handed to just three partner contractors: Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall/Morgan Sindall joint venture and Costain.

He joins the vast Lower Thames Crossing project as its gears up to start procurement.

The first major project tender is due to be advertised this week for an integration partner to deliver project and programme management services as well as manage interfaces on the planned three main works contracts.

Highways England’s decision to appoint a key integration partner role superseded initial plans for an Early Works Delivery Manager for the project.

After the next tender to be invited will be a £40m package of enabling works due to be awarded in March 2021.

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