Sir Robert McAlpine appoints world renowned Head of Façade Engineering @WeAreMcAlpine

Building and civil engineering company, Sir Robert McAlpine, has appointed Simone Starnini as Head of Façade Engineering. In the course of a prestigious career, which spans more than twenty years, Simone has established himself as an internationally respected figure in his field across the industry. Having worked on some of London’s most iconic buildings, Simone brings a wealth of expertise to lead Sir Robert McAlpine’s award-winning Façade team.

Simone Starnini began his career in academia at the College of Engineering of the University of Bologna. In 1998, he joined Focchi, an Italian curtain walling specialist contractor operating internationally. Working across a range of senior positions in the firm, he delivered a number of large and prestigious schemes in London, including the London Stock Exchange Building in Paternoster Square; a city block on 30 Gresham Street; and the RBS building in Devonshire Square.

In 2005, Simone joined Laing O’Rourke to introduce and run the Façade Engineering Department. He was responsible for delivering the envelope for world class projects, including One Hyde Park, The Leadenhall Building, the Francis Crick Institute, and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital.

Simone Starnini commented: “I’m very excited to start this new adventure with Sir Robert McAlpine, a company I have admired since my sub-contracting days. I’ve been impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of their senior management and I’m eager to settle within the organisation and to start contributing to win and successfully deliver projects.”

Boyd McFee, Director of Engineering and Technical Services: “I am delighted to welcome Simone Starnini to Sir Robert McAlpine. Throughout his prestigious career, Simone has delivered world-class projects and demonstrated the commitment to engineering excellence that typically underpins our values. He will be a tremendous asset to our Façade department and our clients.”