01 October 2008 | Paul Snell
David Orr, the president of the Institute of Civil Engineers, has been hired to provide procurement advice to the Crossrail railway project.
A spokeswoman for Cross London Rail Links (CLRL), the body in charge of the project, said Orr had been approached to provide support drawing on his past experience as director of central procurement for the Northern Ireland government.
Crossrail is a new £16 billion railway that will stretch across London and the South East. It is expected to be the biggest construction project in Europe employing up to 14,000 people.
Orr, currently corporate service director at the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel, will work alongside a procurement panel that will oversee the construction of the project and ensure procurement policy is open and transparent. Details of the panel's chairman and membership have not yet been announced.
CLRL has also started the search for a new head of procurement to lead its purchasing strategy and team. The initial purchasing on the project, including selecting the short list of suppliers for major projects, was handled by Steve Rowsell in a consulting role.
"Now that we are in the delivery phase we need a permanent and full-time member of the team in this post," said the spokeswoman. "However, we intend to review Rowsell's role and our procurement department's requirements once the new appointment has been made."