Paul Heather joined McLaren from Sir Robert McAlpine on Monday 14 March in the new role of Group Managing Director for McLaren Construction’s UK business.
As London Managing Director at Sir Robert McAlpine since 2017, Paul developed and implemented a 5-year business plan to successfully pursue growth sectors in commercial offices, residential, hotels, heritage and healthcare. His tenure saw McAlpine’s London region back in profit and double in size.
Notable project successes include Bloomberg London, 100 Liverpool Street, Peninsula Hotel, Cleveland Clinic, the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), Wimbledon No.1 Court and Battersea Power Station Phase 3.
Prior to joining Sir Robert McAlpine, Paul had been with Skanska since 2000, latterly as Managing Director of the London and South construction business, navigating them through the recession which led to growth as markets recovered. While there, he oversaw work on Heron Tower, The Walbrook, St Botolph Building, 2 Kingdom Street, 52 Lime Street (The Scalpel) and Battersea Phase 2 early works.
The new role of UK Managing Director creates a new layer of management immediately under chairman Kevin Taylor and co-shareholder Phil Pringle to lead on increasing productivity, profitability and growth in target sectors while developing high-performing teams. This role also takes responsibility for digital and data innovation, sustainability, inclusion and diversity, as well as aligning with the new Building Safety Bill. Paul will work with his new colleagues in McLaren Property to integrate McLaren’s construction and development offering across the UK.
McLaren chairman Kevin Taylor comments, “We welcome Paul wholeheartedly to McLaren. Paul is proven in his abilities and achievements, delivering outstanding projects across the UK. He has navigated businesses through difficult times and his experience will be invaluable now as the industry manages inflation and skills shortages. Paul’s abilities will complement our existing management team as we look forward to McLaren continuing to grow and develop under his leadership.”
Phil Pringle, Group Executive Director also adds “This is a very important appointment for McLaren to drive us forward. As construction emerges from a challenging period in recent years, Paul has the tools to expand our existing markets, grow into new ones and to lead the drive for sustainability and digital integration across all our construction operations.”