FCIOB gets Balfour project director role on HS2 super-hub

HS2 Old Oak Common station CGI | image: HS2
HS2 Old Oak Common station CGI (image: HS2).

Balfour Beatty has appointed Steve O’Sullivan FCIOB as project director for the HS2 Old Oak Common station project.

O’Sullivan’s career spans over four decades. He joined Balfour Beatty as an electrical engineering apprentice in 1980 and since then he he has been involved in the delivery of some of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas.

These include the Nam Cheong Station West Rail interchange in Hong Kong and Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2B and Terminal 5.

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Steve O’Sullivan FCIOB (image: Balfour Beatty).

He was also responsible senior project director of the Whitechapel Elizabeth Line station, a Balfour Beatty joint venture project with Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction. More recently, he was Balfour Beatty’s senior representative on the Sizewell C Nuclear power station project.

O’Sullivan replaces Nigel Russell, who was promoted to chief executive officer of Balfour Beatty’s HS2 major projects business in January 2024.

Russell said: “Steve’s detailed knowledge and understanding of the market, combined with his wealth of experience, makes him perfectly placed to perform this role and lead the delivery of the UK’s best-connected and largest new railway station.”

O’Sullivan said: "It is an honour to be leading the 2,000 employees who are already working tirelessly at Old Oak Common to ensure its success and be part of the regeneration of the area in which I grew up.”

HS2 appointed the Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra joint venture the construction management contract for the Old Oak Common station project in 2019. The JV has responsibility for the final design, construction and commissioning of the station and delivering six underground platforms as well as up to eight platforms on the adjacent Great Western Main Line.

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