Roger Robinson has been appointed chairman of Fusion, the new company formed by Ferrovial, BAM and Morgan Sindall for the high speed rail project.
Last week saw the deadline pass for would-be bidders to submit their initial expressions of interest in bidding for the Phase 1 civils works contracts on HS2. Fusion, which has set up headquarters in Birmingham, was among the many groups to respond to this.
Roger Robinson was head of Laing O'Rourke's European operations from 2009 until March 2014. Before that, he was an executive director of Carillion for 10 years and part of the team that led the demerger from Tarmac.
Mr Robinson is also chairman of construction contractor Dawnus and is an adviser to EDF on project delivery for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Of his new role, he said: “To be involved in HS2 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and Fusion is ready to make it a reality. The amalgamation of our portfolios and the pool of talent available in our people and supply chain is extraordinary. We are uniquely placed to support HS2 in connecting communities across the UK to new opportunities and growth, and to take the construction industry to the next level in terms of collaborative delivery of significant infrastructure.
“We are committed to realising HS2’s potential in harmony with the communities along the route, and in collaboration with the many other organisations that will form the HS2 team.”