Spearhead Director, Hospitals, UK
Contact Neil Harvey
T: +44 7768 750 984
“Quality and delivery is at the heart of what we do.”
Neil set up and now leads the Birmingham office, which offers the full range of engineering services, with expertise in education, healthcare, energy from waste and historic buildings. Neil's responsibilities include overseeing staff, raising the company's profile across central England, business development, financial performance and ensuring quality delivery of projects. In addition Neil is the Ramboll UK Healthcare Sector Leader.
As well as establishing the Birmingham office, Neil also set up the (former) Gifford office in Dubai, and has had spells working in Kosovo and Pakistan. Neil draws on this varied experience of different projects, design approaches and construction techniques to inform his current work.
Building and maintaining strong working relationships is important to Neil. With a degree in architectural engineering, it is perhaps not surprising that Neil loves working closely with high-calibre architects to help fulfil their aspirations. Equally he has spent a lot of time supervising projects on site and appreciates the need to be pragmatic when working with contractors. When mentoring his people, Neil emphasises that they should take a collaborative approach and aim to help everyone on the project achieve their goals.
Neil wants work to be fun, believing that makes the team more productive and he is also keen to be at the forefront of new ideas and developments. The Birmingham office is embracing the changes that Building Information Modelling brings and is increasingly focused on delivering more sustainable design solutions.
Neil is currently working on projects in the energy from waste, higher education, commercial, historic building and healthcare sectors.
Paradise Circus is being transformed into a vibrant mixed use development of commercial, retail, leisure and hotel spaces; providing major improvements to pedestrian access and greatly enhanced public realm befitting the setting close to Birmingham Town Hall and the Museum & Art Gallery.
New North Zealand Hospital
In March 2014, and following a 12 month intensive international design competition, the Architectural consortium of Herzog & de Meuron/Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter was awarded the contract to design the New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, Denmark, with Ramboll named as the engineering services consultant for the project.
University of Leicester Centre for Medicine
The University of Leicester’s new George Davies Centre (formerly the Centre for Medicine) is the UK’s largest Passivhaus building and brings together academics, researchers, clinicians and students who were once spread across multiple university sites.
Birmingham Post & Mail Redevelopment
The Post & Mail development regenerated a decommissioned newspaper production and distribution building in the centre of Birmingham, converting it into a new 23-storey mixed-use building including a 6-storey basement car park.
Our engineers and consultants provided structural, infrastructure, building services and geotechnical engineering for Bournville College's new campus complex on the former car plant site at Longbridge in Birmingham. It's a flagship project that forms a key part of the redevelopment of the area, governed by the Longbridge Area Action Plan.
Bournville College — home of further education, higher education and vocational teaching — is now accommodated in a central concrete frame spine building housing teaching spaces, accompanied by anxillary structures such as a conference centre, a learning resource centre, and restaurants. The spine building provides a dramatic skyline for travellers along the nearby A38 arterial road.
The main building rises to six storeys high and fe ...