URETEK, an international contractor specialising in geopolymer technology for ground engineering, has appointed Richard Holmes as managing director of its UK operations.
Mr Holmes joins URETEK from Keller Geotechnique where he was managing director and brings with him over 30 years of geotechnical experience, having worked around the globe in various construction, tunnelling and mining roles.
He said: ‘URETEK is an exciting and innovative company with ambitious growth plans for the UK. My primary role will be to provide direction and strategy for this growth, whilst also building strong relationships with existing and new customers. The potential of the UK market is enormous and one of my goals is to ensure it is in the best position possible, with the right people, products and services to capitalise on these opportunities.’
Mr Holmes, a chartered engineer, has worked with companies such as Keller, Van Elle and Halcrow, as well as a period of self-employed consultancy. URETEK said this equips him with the experience, understanding and industry connections to support it as it continues to develop the UK geotechnical market.
It added that with a portfolio of prestigious projects under his belt, including the Channel Tunnel, the Victoria Station upgrade, M1 widening – Jcts 25-28, the Jubilee Line, Heathrow; the Ribblehead Viaduct Restoration; and the Millennium Dome, Mr Holmes has a good understanding of where URETEK needs to be to secure similar large-scale projects.
Uretek UK is a wholly owned contracting subsidiary of Uretek Worldwide, which has licensed contractors operating in over 50 countries worldwide.
Key market sectors where its geopolymer technology has been applied include residential; commercial and public buildings; airport runways; industrial floor slabs; heritage buildings; roads; railways and other types of infrastructures.