Former Atkins MD Ian Redmayne appointed partner at Buro Happold

Redmayne will be based out of Riyadh, KSA and will focus on driving growth across the consultancy’s business in the Kingdom

Ian Redmayne, the former managing director of Atkins, has been appointed partner at Buro Happold, the global engineering, consultancy and advisory practice, and will be based out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as he looks to drive growth across the consultancy’s business in the Kingdom.

In a statement, Buro Happold said that Redmayne brings more than 30 years of global and regional experience to his new role, including spending the last decade in the Middle East, predominantly in Saudi Arabia, where he has led the delivery of a number of world-class projects such as King Abdulaziz International Airport and Riyadh Metro Package 3.

As Partner, Redmayne will manage existing clients and develop Buro Happold’s operations across the Kingdom by fostering new relationships, the statement added.

James Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, Buro Happold, added, “We’re incredibly proud of our legacy in Saudi Arabia. Since our Riyadh office first opened in 1983, we have delivered some truly transformative and inspirational projects across the country that demonstrates the extraordinary talent of our experts. Having an exceptional leader like Ian join the team is a real privilege. We are delighted to have him on board as we further expand our global offering.”

In early 2021, Bruce unveiled plans to see Buro Happold’s business double from 2,000 to 4,000 employees in six years through acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships in key regions across the globe.

Redmayne’s skills and experience will translate well towards these targets as during his time at Atkins, he established the Riyadh Academy to train and develop Saudi nationals in Engineering and Project Management. He stated that he intends to build upon this foundation and draw in local talent to further strengthen Buro Happold’s expert team.

Buro Happold has a fantastic reputation in Saudi Arabia, which is what has attracted me to become a Partner. I’m excited to be working alongside world-class experts with such a passion for innovative, sustainable design. I’ve witnessed a huge transformation in KSA over the last decade, and I feel honoured to be able to continue to be part of the country’s journey to deliver its Vision 2030,” he said.

Buro Happold has been involved in the delivery of a number of high-profile projects across Saudi Arabia, including the Haramain High-Speed Rail, Samba Bank HQ and King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture.


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