A STALWART of Britain’s construction industry and long-time resident of Park Avenue in Solihull has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
David Bucknall, one of the ‘godfathers’ of collaboration in construction, has been awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry.
Bucknall is currently Quantity Surveying & Construction Professional Group chairman at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and also chairman of the Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation.
Last year he retired from the helm at Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB), a position he had filled for over 50 years. He has retained a role in RLB’s Protégé graduate recruitment scheme that he launched seven years ago.
He is the son of Charles Bucknall, who founded Bucknall Austin in 1947. David joined the firm in 1961 and took it from a small local QS practice to flotation on the London Stock Exchange. He led the firm for 50 years bar a short period while it was under the ownership of Citex.
Following Citex’s demise, he returned in 2003 to lead a management buyout from administration, then played the pivotal role in the 2007 merger which created the global firm Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB), bringing together Australian firm Rider Hunt, Hong Kong-based Levett and Bailey and Bucknall Austin. RLB now employs 2,700 people in 120 countries.
Bucknall project managed the construction of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, International Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena. He also cost managed the restoration of Windsor Castle after the 1992 fire and project managed the building of the Telecom Tower in Kuala Lumpur.
Bucknall said: “My passion and enthusiasm for the profession is undiminished. There is a great opportunity for the quantity surveying and project management sector to take the lead in delivering better value across the whole life of buildings. So this OBE is a great honour and due recognition for the collaborative approach which I embrace.”