As it seeks to increase its work volume in this sector, Kier Construction hired John Sisk & Son’s life sciences manager as its new role of science director.
Since May 2021, Lee Sturdy was the sector leader at Sisk for advanced manufacturing and life sciences.
Kier stated that the selection reflected its strong commitment to the UK’s research, science and technology sectors.
Recent science and technology wins by Kier include the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s research-and-development building. Culham Science CentreAnd Many lots are available in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Science-Estate Framework Animal and Plant Health Agency.
Sturdy will be working with clients from both the public and the private sectors to set the direction of life-sciences research.
He is a chartered engineer and has over 30 years of experience in science and engineering. His expertise includes main contractor, consulting, specialist mechanical and electric services, for companies such as Waterman Group or SES Engineering Services.
Louisa Finlay, Kier’s managing director for clients and markets said that the science and technology industry is the place where private and public investment meet. This makes it an important focus area for Kier. Lee’s knowledge will prove crucial in delivering this kind of specialty construction to our clients, as it is a rapidly growing sector.
He succeeds Kier. Recruitment of the new sustainability head in December.
Mace, however, has been increasing its presence in science in recent months. Exclusive interview with Construction NewsGareth Lewis, chief executive of Mace Construct described four big jobs secured in Mace Construct’s first year as an “unheard-of” feat. He said that Mace Construct’s success has placed it well to continue its work in building battery-production plants.