London Bridge Associates
Robert (Bob) Ibell commenced his career in 1967, in Nuclear Power, working on the construction of the Wylfa, Hartlepool and Trawsfynydd power stations. He had brief involvements with highways, coastal defence and heavy civil construction at London Heathrow Central station before getting involved in tunnelling on the Tyne & Wear Metro in 1976.
He has remained involved with tunnelling for the 42 years following that introduction and has been involved in most of the major tunnelling projects in the UK including the Channel Tunnel, the Jubilee Line Extension, and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link(CTRL), then more recently Tideway and HS2 Section 1.
For most of his career he was with a contractor (Taylor Woodrow) but he and eight colleagues formed London Bridge Associates Ltd the construction management consultancy in 2000 where he took up the role of Managing Director. He was Project Director for the Costain Skanska Bachy Joint Venture on Contract 240 part of the London Tunnels of the CTRL (now HS1) where had a key role in the London Tunnels Alliance and is a past BTS Chairman.
Other involvements have included Chairman of the National Working Group for Tunnelling NVQs, Chairman of Construction Skills Network Technical Reference Group, Chairman of Tunnelskills, and BTS champion for the Construction Management Module of the Tunnelling and Underground Space MSc course run at Warwick University.
He always seeks improvement and change for the better and is a strong believer in the power of collaboration, teamwork, coming together as an industry, to improve our performance and productivity so as to deliver our infrastructure in a more economic and efficient manner.