Steve Durdant-Hollamby will head up Polypipe Civils, part of the FTSE 250-listed multinational Polypipe Group, the UK’s leading developer of Green Infrastructure and SuDS solutions to the built environment sector.
The 45-year-old, of Cambridgeshire, will also play a major role in the company’s commitment to creating innovative solutions to help to meet the challenges of climate change, a population growth and sustainable urbanisation.
Durdant-Hollamby, who has 26 years’ experience in the water management industry, said he was instantly drawn to the “great manufacturing company with a renowned brand.”
“The Polypipe brand is synonymous with quality,” he said. “The Civils division has enviable manufacturing capabilities, incredible sector expertise, an excellent workforce and, of course, market-leading ranges of products.
“I am very much looking forward to a successful future as part of the Polypipe family and feel confident I can continue to add to the impressive performance achieved by the company over the years.”
The former MD of the water management division at building products manufacturer Alumasc, who took the helm in January, also laid out his vision for the future of the business.
He said: “We have great ambition to expand further using new techniques and entering new markets. Our goal is to realise unique end-to-end solutions that will inspire the next generation of engineers, architects and planners.”
The Loughborough-based division, which employs nearly 500 staff, is among the UK’s leading manufacturers of water management solutions, having played a key role in projects such as tennis mecca Wimbledon’s new £7m facelift, the £150m Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh, and a £5.7m social housing development in Yorkshire over the last 12 months.
It has also developed the UK’s first passive Green Infrastructure system capable of creating and sustaining green spaces in almost any environment, including densely populated cities.
Polypipe Group chief operating officer, Glen Sabin, said Durdant-Hollamby’s vast sector experience and expertise would enable the civils division to “further strengthen its market position as the go-to water management systems specialist.”
“Steve brings with him a wealth of senior management and directorial experience,” he said. “His entire career has been centred around water management, and the building and construction industries.
“I am confident that the team, complemented by Steve’s experience and leadership, is capable of continuing the development and growth of the civils business in both the core infrastructure and water management solutions market.”