The Expanded Group provides a total capability in the early construction phases of major projects, providing an end-to-end solution or a bespoke choice of services, backed by a central technical design and engineering resource.
Boasting a directly employed workforce of almost 1,300 operatives and over 400 staff, we know we can deliver. Working as ‘one team’ we have the ability to design, manufacture and install precast components through our own manufacturing facility; we can supply plant, small tools, accommodation and tower cranes through our partner company Select Plant Hire, and provide stone and stone cladding services from Vetter UK.
Neil Henderson started his career as a civil engineer building roads and bridges across the UK. In 1995 he joined Expanded and focused on concrete structures with a particular interest in foundations and deep basements. As a Project Manager in the London area he was responsible for a number of complex top-down basements including the apartments at One Hyde Park, the Canary Wharf Crossrail station and the new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea on the Northern Line Extension to name but a few.
Whilst his speciality is in basements he has been responsible for the civils element on the ‘Millennium Dome’, the tower blocks on One Hyde Park, the new Ascot grandstand and more recently the tunnels, track and over-ground structures on the Northern Line Extension.
As a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers he is engaged in developing and training graduate engineers and is focused on developing positive and motivated teams on each of his projects. He has earned the respect of the Clients he has worked with, for delivering projects on time whilst maintaining a strong focus on safety and quality.
In his current role as one of the Operation Leaders in Expanded, Neil is responsible for managing teams on a number of live projects and is also working on tenders for future work.
Appointed to lead Expanded’s concrete structures and geotechnical business, Peter has almost 20 years expertise, during which he has acquired an extremely broad skillset gained on a range of large scale projects such as Crossrail, London’s Leadenhall Building and most recently on Newfoundland, an iconic residential scheme on the Canary Wharf skyline.
As a qualified Civil Engineer, known for his ability to rise to complex challenges, he leads teams that focus on both learning, and delivering, efficient and innovative solutions. Known to empower and nurture talent, he fosters a culture on projects where a broad range of skills and competencies are shared, from steel frame, top-down construction, cofferdam construction and the delivery of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) solutions in various sectors.
Martin has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years, delivering projects within the residential, hotel/ leisure, commercial, rail/infrastructure, mixed-use/retail and government sectors. He started his career with Laing O’Rourke Civil Engineering in 1984 as a carpenter and soon progressed through the ranks to construction manager – a role he held for 16 years, working on many of the company’s most prestigious contracts throughout the UK.
In 2002, he was promoted to Operations and Labour Relations Director. During his career, Martin has gained a wealth of knowledge in smart build techniques, including slip form and jump form core construction, bulk earthworks, basement construction (including top-down), facade retention, high- rise structures, sub and superstructure works (post-tension and traditional reinforced) and precast concrete frames.
Strongly committed to staff training and development, he mentors up and coming staff and also leads the company’s Apprentice+ scheme.
Andy is a commercial professional with over 20 years’experience in the industry. He has considerable expertise in reinforced concrete structures, gained through time spent working on site. Andy joined the business as a Quantity Surveyor and progressed to Commercial Manager and Regional Commercial Manager positions. In 2012 he transferred to the Australian business where he spent three years working on highly complex civil engineering projects before returning to the UK business in 2015 and his current role as Commercial Director for Expanded. Throughout his career, Andy has gained invaluable experience in cost control, change management and management accounts reporting.
Andy is an Operations Director with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, specifically relating to reinforced concrete frames. Andy began his career with the business starting with O’Rourke Civil Engineering in London in 1999 and has progressed through the business fulfilling a number of varied roles. Before taking up his current role he worked extensively on a range of projects including city centre retail and commercial offices, residential towers, industrial units and high-rise construction. His particular expertise in the delivery of projects, cost control and productivity management within the RC frame section of the industry informs his ability to provide buildability and cost advice to clients and design teams. In addition to the day-to-day commercial and contractual management of RC frame projects during construction, Andy works alongside both client and design teams from very early in the process – advising on the development of cost plans, assisting in design reviews, providing advice relating to construction issues and value engineering, and ensuring that clients are provided with accurate financial advice at the outset and throughout construction.
Kris joined the business in 1999, where he has gained 20 years’ experience, having been involved in a range of projects across the civil engineering, air and rail, commercial, residential and education sectors. He is thorough and committed and has worked on some of our most challenging and complex projects, particularly within tight city centre locations. Throughout this time, Kris has amassed a great deal of knowledge and experience in all stages of construction from preconstruction, delivery and post construction, delivering concrete sub and superstructure projects using in situ, precast and hybrid solutions. Kris is a proven operations manager with over 11 years’ experience in project management and operational management roles.
Neil joined the business in 1994 upon graduating from university and after a successful industrial placement with the company. He progressed from Site Engineer through the Engineering structure, spending a year seconded to our in house temporary works department, into project management and then into functional technical lead within the Infrastructure business, a role he held for eight years before returning to Expanded as operations manager in 2014, where he is currently responsible for delivering a £120m portfolio of contracts.
Neil brings to the role a wealth of specialist technical knowledge on deep basements and high-rise concrete frames, as well as problem-solving ability developed over 20 years within the construction industry. He is committed to progressing our engineering background and developing the 200 engineers within his function to become members of the Institution of Civil Engineers and also to identify and develop suitable undergraduates through the Laing O’Rourke scholarship scheme.
With over 30 years experience in the construction industry Mitchell has a wide range of experience through residential, hospitality, theme parks / resorts, healthcare, infrastructure and industrial. His experience in deploying and managing both directly employed and subcontracted resources coupled with high quality safe methods of construction leads to well organised motivated delivery.
Mitchell is experienced in leading pre-construction planning and services teams, cost planning and negotiating bids and final accounts. He has a wide range of experience in building methods and solutions that lead to improved safety, build programmes and costing.
Mitchell has a range of operational responsibilities across a number of projects in the UK including high rise residential, industrial, health care and highway infrastructure / bridge construction, utility infrastructure and earthworks together with business development and bidding roles.
Barry leads the estimating teams across our Geotechnical, Structures, Vetter UK and Facades businesses, drawing on 16 years of varied international construction, estimating and cost planning experience. He joined the business in 2007 as an Estimating Leader on the £120m Salford and Wigan BSF programme in Manchester – the first of its kind in the UK, before becoming a member of the CIOB.
Barry spent five years working as a Senior Estimator in our Canadian team, where he established and led the estimating function for the pursuit of major projects in a range of sectors, including education and stadia.
Upon his return to the UK in 2014, he joined Expanded as Estimating Leader, where he has been a key member of the team in securing high profile, complex and challenging projects across the UK.