Unlocking Growth through Transport: Old Oak Common and Park Royal, in association with Robert Bird Group, London

22 March, 2016 | 18:30 - 20:00

Unlocking Growth through Transport: Old Oak Common and Park Royal, in association with Robert Bird Group, London

About this event

Under proposed plans, the site will be become a transport “superhub” connected to the Midlands, Leeds and Manchester through a High Speed Two link, to the East and West through Crossrail and internationally, through the Great Western Mainline link to Heathrow. It will also have access to London through nearby Underground and Overground stations.

In April 2015, the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) was set up to manage the scheme as the local planning authority and to bring together key stakeholders in realising the site’s connectivity potential. Victoria Hills was appointed the Chief Executive Officer, tasked with overseeing the 2.8-acre scheme, with work set to start in late 2017, for completion by the end of 2030.

Ahead of the launch of ICE’s Urbanisation and Resilience Campaign, Unlocking Growth through Transport: Old Oak Common and Park Royal will explore how the various transport providers involved in the scheme are working with the OPDC to develop the infrastructure required. The event will bring together representatives from each organisation to discuss how they are collaborating on the scheme, their plans for the future of the site and what they are doing to realise Old Oak Common and Park Royal’s potential.


This event is kindly sponsored by Robert Bird Group, a global consultancy specialising in Structural, Civil and Construction engineering, established in Brisbane in 1982.

The company has offices in London, the United Arab Emirates, South East Asia and additional locations in Australia. RBG's approach to engineering is holistic at heart, integrating construction methodology into permanent works design to produce a 'Design for Delivery'.

Robert Bird Group



Mark Hansford, Editor, New Civil Engineer

Mark is the Editor of New Civil Engineer and responsible for driving content across all activities and the development of new digital and event products. He has over 20 years’ civil engineering industry experience, first as practicing qualified engineer and then as award winning journalist. New Civil Engineer is the leading publication for the civil engineering industry, helping professional engineers become better engineers by providing thought-provoking and inspiring content around future technologies and technical excellence.


Terry Dobbins, Robert Bird Group - Director – Head of Building Structures UK

Terry Dobbins
Terry Dobbins

Terry graduated in 1989 with a First Class Honours degree in Civil engineering from the University of East London and the worked as a Contractor for Edmund Nuttall for 6 years working on major Civil Engineering projects such as the Isle of Grain Container Terminal, The Medway Immersed Tube Tunnel and the A406 Lea Valley Viaduct project.

In 1995, Terry joined Whitby and Bird where he saw the company grow from 80 to 1000 people over a 12 year period. In 1997, Whitby and Bird were taken over by Ramboll and Terry continued working with the new combined business culminating in a role of Head of Buildings, overseeing 500 staff in the Structural, MEP and Specialist Engineering disciplines. In April 2015, Terry joined the Robert Bird Group to help drive the UK business and head up the Building Structures division. His current role primarily utilises his experience of working in the Residential, Retail and Commercial Office sectors.

Victoria Hills, Chief Executive Officer, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Victoria Hills
Victoria Hills

Victoria is a chartered town planner with 20 years post-graduate experience, working in local government (Wycombe District Council), consultancy (Steer Davies Gleave) and most latterly at the Greater London Authority. Working for the Mayor of London, Victoria spent seven years working in the Mayor’s Transport Team, and then a further three years in the Mayor’s 2012 City Operations Team, as Head of Programme, before returning to the GLA’s Transport Team as Head of Transport in autumn 2012 to drive forward delivery of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, Infrastructure Plan and transport manifesto commitments.

In autumn 2014 Victoria was seconded to set up the Mayor’s second Mayoral Development Corporation, Old Oak and Park Royal (OPDC) where in April 2015 she took up the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer, and was permanently appointed in June 2015. This exciting role sees Victoria utilising her planning, transport and programme management expertise to drive forward the transformation of Old Oak and Park Royal, London’s largest opportunity area and what will become the UK’s largest regeneration project. Her brief includes seeking to maximise the benefits of the significant rail investment at Old Oak, most notably the High Speed 2, Great West Coast Main Line and Crossrail super-hub stations, to oversee development of an exemplary masterplan for a world-class place and to drive forward the preparation of a comprehensive and coordinated delivery and growth strategy for Old Oak and Park Royal.

Alex Williams, Director of Borough Planning at Transport for London.

Alex Williams
Alex Williams

This Directorate is within the TfL Group Planning area and he is responsible for:

  • Land Use Planning for applications that are referable to the Mayor;
  • Managing the relationship with the boroughs, including all of the sub regional panels;
  • Obtaining consents for all operational improvements as well as primary consents for future transport schemes promoted by TfL, including associated environmental impact assessments;
  • Working with TfL, the GLA, the London boroughs and external consultants to provide specialist transport and urban design advice.

Alex has been in the post since July 2007.

Prior to starting at TfL he worked for 18 years in the London boroughs, including as Assistant Director of the Culture & Environment Directorate at the London Borough of Camden from 2003 to 2007 and Director of Transport & Planning Policy at the London Borough of Ealing from 2000 to 2003.


Stuart Westgate, Programme Development Director, HS2

Alex Williams, Director of Borough Planning and OPDC Ambassador, Transport for London

Rob Naybour, Partner, Weston Williamson and Partners