07 July 2009 | Jake Kanter
London's Crossrail project has appointed Martin Buck as commercial director.
Buck (pictured) will be responsible for developing and implementing the programme's procurement strategies and will head up negotiations on all Crossrail's major construction contracts.
Buck took up the position full time yesterday. He was previously on secondment to Crossrail as commercial director between 2005 and 2008.
He worked on the programme during his time as project director at Partnerships UK and has participated in many of the largest and most complex transport sector construction schemes.
Rob Holden, chief executive of Crossrail said in a statement: "Martin will play a crucial role in helping deliver Europe's largest construction project to time and to budget."
Buck added: "Having been so closely involved in the development of Crossrail, I am very pleased to be re-joining the team to this project further forward into its construction programme."
The £16 billion scheme to build a new railway stretching across London and the south east should be open in 2017.
Steve Rowsell, who SM interviewed earlier this year about his work on the Crossrail project, is staying on as interim procurement director. He will report to Buck.