Chris Plummer – Managing Director
The last 12 months have been momentous for Hilson Moran. In January, we annouced having completed a management buyout (MBO), returning the company to independence at one of the most challenging times for the industry in our 35-year history. The personal commitment and investment of our directors and our enhanced ability to respond quickly and directly to the needs of the market following the MBO, has given us greater strength as a business. We are proud that we continue to attract some of the most talented people within the industry work for the company and at our recent successful three-year review by Investors in People the assessor described us as “a professional organisation at an exciting point in its journey. People employed in the business speak warmly about the people with whom they work, and are clearly committed to its future success.”
Nigel Clark – Technical Director
We have continued to invest significantly in BIM collaborative technology throughout 2012 and applied this in a number of our projects such as 20 Fenchurch Street, 25 Churchill Place, 240 Blackfriars Road and 100 Bishopsgate. We have fully involved our Clients with embracing this technology to ensure they gain the maximum benefits on their projects. This investment and skill has resulted in improved collaboration, higher levels of coordination, improved space utilisation and programme reduction, all of which have been major benefits to the project. We continue to work with industry bodies such as the CIBSE BIM Working Group discussing the implementation and development of BIM now and in the future and we fully intend to continue to lead the engineering industry in championing BIM in 2013.
John Deasy – UK Commercial Director
We are very pleased to be playing a central role in many of the towers and large developments that will define the future skyline of London, including 20 Fenchurch Street, Principal Place,100 Bishopsgate,BP4 and Elizabeth House amongst others. Most importantly, we are striving to ensure that our projects represent a new generation of environmentally responsible buildings, through the use of passive design, new technologies and, above all, ultra-efficient engineering systems. We shared our vision for London in 2050 earlier this year at The Developing City Exhibition, which was seen by over 9,000 visitors and see 2013 as taking one step closer to making that vision a reality. Also this year we are pleased to have won the HVR Consultant of the year, and been shortlisted for the 2013 CIBSE Building Services Consultant of the year which is a testament to our fantastic team.
Simon Ramsden – Divisional Director - Manchester
During 2012 our Manchester activities have gone from strength-to-strength, working on an extensive list of projects including the Grade I listed Royal Liver Building. In 2013 we will continue to grow our regional presence in the North West, kicking the year off with our work with the new Think Money office campus in Trafford Park.
Tony Morris – International Commercial Director
In addition to our established UK position, development internationally continues to advance, particularly within our focus region of the Middle East. In the UAE our office seen strong growth with a diverse range of projects. Our role of from Client advisor through to key design projects has been applied across a series of exciting schemes in masterplan/infrastructure, education, hospitality, retail, commercial and residential sectors. We are excited to have successfully established our second Middle East office in Qatar through our joint venture with His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Thani. Hilson Moran Qatar LLC provides the platform to deliver projects in Qatar, where Matt Kitson has now landed to head up our operations. In 2013 we look forward to continuing to develop our international positioning and have some exciting projects to kick start the year off!
David Orford – Divisional Director - UAE
We are pleased to see our portfolio of high profile projects in the UAE continue to expand across a broad spectrum of sectors through 2012. These have included infrastructure projects such as Al Falah Town Centre; Commercial headquarter buildings such as ADIB and NBAD, work on existing buildings with HCT colleges; and independent Client advisory roles on project such as Etihad Towers. Our expertise in sustainability has been applied through both our design project work as well as our Estidama consultancy projects such as Al Raha Gardens II, where we have been able to guide Clients and design teams through to successful accreditation with the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. The prospects for 2013 look to be just as exciting.
Matt Kitson – Regional Director – Qatar
With our office now operational in Qatar, we have further strengthened our presence in the Middle East are well positioned to provide our expertise on Qatar’s upcoming projects going into 2013. We have already established a strong position in the region, with a focus on well-engineered, functional buildings and master-plans that are sustainable and environmentally progressive which embrace Qatar’s 2030 National Vision.
Chris Cummings – Sustainability Project Director
Farewell 2012 old pal, I have thoroughly enjoyed your company. It was a great year to be a Londoner with lots to be proud of, away from Westminster that is, where our “greenest-government-ever” not so much u-turned as corkscrewed their way through the year. I’d like a chance to sort that lot out in 2013, might there be a vacancy for supreme leader? Zero-carbon is just around the corner now and we have such a terrific pedigree of design and engineering in this country that I’m extremely positive about us all just getting together and building some brilliant things. Roll on ’13.
Dan Jestico – Head of Research and Development
The past twelve months has been a real roller coaster of a year. We’ve had the incredible Olympics, a British winner of the Tour de France and a landmark victories in both cricket and tennis. Away from the sport, the construction market has been wading through treacle, unable to completely free itself from the economic mire of the recession. However, through this we have continued to work on the some of the most pioneering and exciting projects, such as the Pavilion in south east London. I remain confident that in 2013 we can shake off the remnants of the recession and deliver market led green growth by driving innovation in both policy and technology to deliver a truly sustainable built environment.