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With more than 35 years’ engineering experience, Lawrence was appointed as Transport Scotland’s Head of Rail Projects and Technical Services in 2017, following 11 years as Project Manager for the iconic £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing. He has overall responsibility for the development and delivery of all rail projects in Scotland including the £120m Queen Street station redevelopment, the upgrade of the East Kilbride line, reopening of the Levenmouth branch, new station at Kintore and the multi £bn delivery of the Plan to Decarbonise all passenger services in Scotland by 2035.
Lawrence has extensive experience of project design, maintenance and construction, delivering many projects through management positions in Transport Scotland’s network management and construction divisions. In his early career Lawrence was a project manager with Thorburn Colquhoun, now AECOM, where he worked extensively on the £multi million, 45 mile long A14 M1-A1 link road.
Lawrence was Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland in 2017/18, having been Chair of Glasgow & West of Scotland branch in 2014/15. He is a Fellow of ICE and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and is also Transport Scotland’s Supervising Civil Engineer responsible for the training of ICE graduates.