London Build

London Build

London Build 2018

David Speight

David Speight

Off Airport Project Delivery Director for Heathrow Expansion, Heathrow

A life long career as a Civil Engineer that started in 1982 as an apprentice aged 16 in a drawing office coming to terms with reinforcement drawings and bending schedules.

Quickly moving into a long period of contracting in both the UK and a 10 year period overseas. David's most notable projects are CTRL (HS1) M20 M25, M2 widening, Dover, Tilbury and Sheerness docks, Gatwick, Birmingham and City airports. Al Reem Island, Sheikh Zayed University, Paris Sorbonne University.

Then in 2010, David moved into the client side, joining the Athletes Village team at the London 2012 Olympics, helping to hand over a fully working and operating village to LOCOG on time for  3500 athletes to take up residence.

David joined the HPC project in 2012 and set up the pre-construction organisation then became Head of Construction 2 years later. He left in 2019, with the project having completed 18M hours and a spend of £6B on schedule to deliver the first new reactor building to be built in the UK in a generation.

David is now the Off Airport Project Delivery Director for Heathrow expansion preparing to deliver the new runway and all associated infrastructure a value circa £14B.

Notably, David became a fellow of the institution civil engineers 2017.Heathrow logo



What the UK's construction industry is saying about London Build..

  • It was our first time as an exhibitor and London Build Expo did not disappoint. It proved to be both exciting and productive. Looking forward to next year.
    Kash Ansari
    Marketing Manager, Nexans
  • Certainly the best Expo I’ve been to with regards to meeting the desired audience!
    Ryan Johnson
    Commercial Manager, Architectural Fabrications Limited
  • London Build 2018 was our first year as exhibitors & we thoroughly enjoyed it. The show had plenty of interaction and interest!
    Free Falcon
  • London Build is a busy and vibrant expo bringing together large to small players in architecture, interior design, building, construction and refurbishment. I would recommend it as both an exhibitor and as a visitor.
    Sarah Hodgkins
    Owner and Artist, Charlotte Designs
  • We attended as a visitor for the first time last year and were impressed enough to rebook for this year. The standard of visitors that came to the stand was really good and the variety of roles from MD’s to electricians was excellent and some meaningful conversations took place, we met people that we would not have been able to access during a normal working week. It was a well organised event, very easy for the exhibitor and a really good atmosphere throughout, I would recommend that anyone who visited with a view to taking stand space in 2019 should go for it.
    Tim Brown
    Technical and Specification Manager, Unitrunk
  • I would wholeheartedly recommend exhibiting at London Build.
    Adam Martin
    Area Sales Advisor, Indigo Industrial Supplies
  • We had a great time exhibiting at this year’s show. We met a real mix of individuals and companies, collected some valuable leads and found it an excellent platform to showcase our new fire safe building wrap material to the market.
    Brett Rigby
    Business Development Manager, Service Graphics​​​​​​​
  • London Build is THE construction show for London. A must attend
    Stuart Goddard
    Sales Director, The CPD Service
  • A very well organised exhibition. From the initial booking of our stand, design, social media coverage and logistics; London Build 2018 was a breeze to organise and exhibit at. The layout of the floorplan was very clear and enabled exhibitors to find stands they were interested in and engage with exhibitors. We certainly made a lot of new contacts and would recommend London Build!
    Suzie Davies
    Managing Director, Marquee Contracting Limited
  • The London Build Expo was a well organised and attended event. The quality of the speakers and the discussion was high and there was a progressive development of new products and materials on show.
    Mark Hopkins
    Associate Director - Project Management, The Portman Estate​​​​​​​
  • London Build Expo was a wonderful event. I particularly enjoyed the balance of like-minded professions and stimulating debate. There was never a moment without something of interest to see
    Chris Hildrey
    Architect, Director, Hildrey Studio​​​​​​​
  • London Build Expo was a great experience bringing together all facets of building construction and operation. Highly recommended!
    Richard McElligott
    Director, Future Decisions​​​​​​​