Sir John Armitt

Sir John Armitt is arguably the most successful British civil engineer alive today. 

Sir John Armitt (born 1946)
Sir John Armitt (born 1946)

He has made a significant contribution to Britain’s infrastructure and led the team responsible for constructing venues, facilities and transport systems for the London 2012 Olympics.

As Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), Armitt played a major role in the success of London 2012, ensuring the Olympic Park was completed on time and under budget.

The design and construction of the park was a huge, six-year project which involved 80,000 workers. It was built on contaminated land in a deprived area of East London and had to overcome many obstacles. The complex included the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velopark, media centre and athletes’ village.

Armitt joined John Laing Construction as a graduate, and worked on various projects, including the Sizewell B nuclear power station. He was later appointed Chairman of the Laing International and Civil Engineering Divisions.

Armitt has a strong background in railway engineering and has been Chief Executive at Union Railways (responsible for developing the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link), Railtrack and Network Rail (Railtrack's successor), which runs the UK’s railway system.

In 1997 Armitt was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his contribution to the rail industry and, five years later, he received a knighthood for services to engineering and construction.

Armitt is well recognised within the civil engineering community for his achievements – he is a fellow of both ICE and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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