Earlier this month Graham Stanley was appointed director of Taylor Woodrow's infrastructure division after 31 years working for the firm. He talks to Alasdair Reisner about his hopes and expectations.
What experience are you bringing to your new role, and where do you think the business will be concentrating its resources?
My skills now deal with leadership, not just individual projects. I am now working with an entire division of Taylor Woodrow employees. In terms of where I want to go with the business, we will be focusing on areas where we're already active and have longstanding customers. Specifically that means rail, airports and energy, which includes both nuclear and LNG.
The nuclear sector is a political hot potato at the moment but surely we are years away from seeing power stations being built?
We are extremely interested in the nuclear industry but, yes, we are a long way away from any major building work. Even if the energy review confirms the need for new nuclear power stations, we are still many years off construction of new plants once you consider all the planning issues you have to go through. But in the meantime there is still a large waste problem to deal with. We have been looking closely at how we can deal with nuclear waste containment.
When do you expect to star t seeing this k ind of work coming through?
A lot of work is being done by the client organisation in nuclear waste but not a lot is coming into the marketplace.
We have done a lot of prequalifications and supposedly we might see some work coming out some time this year. Everything is just taking a little while to sort out, what with all the changes that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has gone through.
How big do you think the market could be for LNG related work?
Any new LNG terminal would be right for us because we are one of the few companies that have the skills. At the moment we have it as a watching brief.
There are three facilities under construction, of which we are working on the biggest. There are two more at the feasibility study stage that we may be interested in.
You are just finishing up your work on the ticket halls at Kings Cross. What's next for you in the rail sector?
There is a huge amount of work to be done in London.
We are tracking some major opportunities in the capital at the minute. Kings Cross has been a mainstay for us in recent years and as it comes to an end we will be looking for at least one more station job so we can continue to use our team.
What do you see as the challenges you face if you do win such work?
In London there is so much work coming up in the next few years that there is going to be a problem with a skills shortage. We are in the process of growing our team and looking to develop them as well as bringing new people in.