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Tom Gent and Jon Harris join Mace from Laing O'Rourke and Sisk

Mace has appointed a former Laing O’Rourke leader to lead its off-site approach to construction in a newly-created role.

Tom Gent, former architectural leader for Laing O’Rourke’s Engineering Excellence group, has been appointed to the role of head of innovation at Mace.

He will be tasked with driving Mace’s use of prefabrication in construction.

Laing O’Rourke is widely acknowledged to have led the way on off-site construction through its Design for Manufacture and Assembly approach.

Mace said he had produced “exceptional and appropriate design solutions for projects such as the 2012 Olympic Sailing Venue at Portland Marina” as well as working on the Euston Station redevelopment.  

Mr Gent was also formerly a director at Aedas and Atkins.

He said: “I look forward to working with teams across Mace to support enhanced client value through a culture of innovation excellence, defining Mace as the partner of first choice for our clients.”

Jon Harris has joined Mace from Sisk as head of BIM.

He replaces David Philp, who Construction News revealed in December had left Mace to join Aecom.

Mr Harris said: “Mace has a great culture for using technology to support and improve its delivery, and I’m excited to work with our teams, clients and supply chain to maximise the value of BIM across our projects.”

Gareth Lewis, Mace chief operating officer for construction, said: “Mace has consistently looked to innovative new building techniques to make our projects a success.

“We are constantly striving to pursue a better way of delivering for our clients and I believe that both Tom and Jon will help give real impetus to this philosophy for our construction and consultancy businesses.”

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