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Peter Head

OBE FREng –Director of ARUP



Peter is a champion for developing global practice that demonstrates that the way we invest public and private money in the built environment could be made very much more effective if the public and private sector adopted sustainable development principles.


 He is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities.  He has won many awards for his work, including the Royal Academy Silver Medal, Award of Merit of IABSE and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.


He joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead their planning and integrated urbanism team.  He was appointed in 2002 by the Mayor of London as an independent Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission and leads the planning and development sub-group of the Commission.  He is also a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Waste Management Board.


Peter is project director for the planning and development of the Dongtan Eco-city on Chongming Island in Shanghai and other city developments in China for the client Shanghai Industrial Investment Co and is a sustainability advisor for the London Olympics development project. He has recently been asked by Ken Livingstone to support the development of a Zero Carbon housing project in Thames Gateway.  Peter has also advised the Cathedral Group’s successful bid for the Circus St development in Brighton which is another zero carbon urban regeneration project.


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