15 SEP 2016

Design and engineering firm appoints new Director for Aviation

Multidisciplinary design and engineering company, BakerHicks, formerly Morgan Sindall Professional Services, has appointed Rob Billingham to the role of director for aviation.

Rob, who was previously a senior project manager within the company’s aviation team, brings 30 years of experience to the role, including ten years’ dedicated aviation experience.

Rob has worked on a number of key projects principally at Heathrow and Gatwick. He played an integral part in the delivery of a sophisticated new baggage-handling system for Heathrow Terminal 3, overseeing the project from initial concept through to final delivery, and making maximum use of the latest BIM and 3D modelling techniques. Prior to focusing on the aviation sector Rob worked on a number of process engineering projects within the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries.

His new role will primarily involve business development and operations management for a range of projects being undertaken by Bakerhicks’ dedicated aviation team. He will report to BakerHicks’ Managing Director, Martin Lubieniecki.

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said:

"I'm delighted to be taking on this role at such an exciting time for the aviation industry. More people are flying than ever before, global competition is driving innovation in infrastructure design and passenger expectations are ever increasing. All of this is creating a need for more capacity and world leading airport design to allow the UK to succeed in a competitive global market. This is opening up numerous opportunities within the sector and I look forward to working with our team of specialists to build on BakerHicks’ excellent reputation in this area."

Martin Lubieniecki added:

"In today’s connected society where we expect to be able to travel and move goods between continents with ease and speed, it’s crucial to have the right people delivering the infrastructure that supports this. I’m thrilled to welcome Rob to the role of director for aviation. He brings extensive experience and a proven track record in delivering top quality, innovative solutions from concept to final delivery. I’m looking forward to working with him to deliver the excellent service our clients expect and take our business forward."

BakerHicks delivers a range of complex design consultancy services, landside and airside, for an airport’s road, infrastructure and building needs, from the car park through to baggage reclaim and every point in between. It plays a key part in improving the customer journey and passenger experience, regularly working for a range of different stakeholders including the airport owners and operators, airlines, main contractors and architects to bring their ideas to life.  

As well as having proven capability within the major international airports in the UK, BakerHicks is also on the framework agreement for the Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports (AGS) consortium and has recently completed a feasibility project for Sydney Airport in Australia. It has a specialist aviation team of more than 40, with offices across the UK, including Heathrow.