London Build

London Build

London Build 2018

Harbinder Birdi

Harbinder Birdi

Partner, Head of Infrastructure and Transport Sector, Hawkins\Brown

LOGOHarbinder is considered an industry expert in major engineering-led civic projects. In his role as a RIBA chartered Architect and Senior Partner, he heads up the Hawkins\Brown Infrastructure and Transport team, providing design leadership on all projects within the sector. Harbinder is a previous winner of '40 under 40'; a prestigious UK design award recognising the best young architects under 40.

Currently, Harbinder is delivering the architectural designs for two of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects currently underway; Thames Tideway and three new stations at Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Liverpool Street for Crossrail 1 The Elizabeth Line. He recently led the design for a £500 million upgrade of Tottenham Court Road station for London Underground and, working in collaboration with Croydon Council, Harbinder developed the innovative design for East Croydon station bridge; known as the first structure launched across an operational railway.

Harbinder also has extensive experience of working with artists. At Tottenham Court Road station he is currently responsible for integrating the greatest number of in-situ artworks within a London underground station, collaborating with noted contemporary artists Daniel Buren, Douglas Gordon, and Richard Wright.

Bringing his infrastructure and transport expertise to a broader audience, Harbinder is a member of the HS2 independent design review panel and sits on the Croydon Place Review Panel; providing guidance on major infrastructure projects and public realm schemes. He is also a member of London Chamber of Commerce Transport Committee, lobbying UK government to invest and develop much needed skills within the sector. In collaboration with Professor Nick Dunn of Imagination - an exploratory design-led research lab at Lancaster University - Harbinder is currently undertaking research on the how our infrastructure affects the way we sense our cities.

Within the cultural sector Harbinder delivered the New Art Exchange in Nottingham the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to a culturally diverse contemporary arts programme. Harbinder is also a trustee and architectural advisor to Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery; a Grade 1 listed building designed by Sir John Soane, it is one of London’s major cultural destinations.

Harbinder lectures in the UK and internationally on professional practice, architecture and the delivery and construction of major infrastructure projects. He is a visiting critic and examiner at Imperial College, UCL, the Royal College of Art and Manchester School of Architecture. He is a trustee and leads a think tank research unit at the London School of Architecture exploring innovation in the construction industry.

Harbinder is also a member of the RIBA Education Committee, which works with universities to shape how architecture will be taught. He is a RIBA Part III Professional Examiner and on the RIBA Validation Panel. Harbinder is part of the ‘Speakers for Schools’ initiative; encouraging children from state schools to join the design and construction industries.

At Hawkins\Brown, Harbinder leads the mentoring professional development and training programme for architectural graduates, which is recognised as one of the best in the industry.


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​​​​​​​