New Head of Built Environment at Sustrans, London

1 April 2019

Our London office is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Head of Built Environment. Giulio Ferrini, MEng, starts his new role on 1 April 2019.

As Head of Built Environment, Giulio will lead an award-winning team of engineers and designers to create environments which enable people to choose walking and cycling as their top transport choices for short journeys. As a member of the senior leadership team, he will also help set the strategic direction of Sustrans in London as well as directing resources to deliver national contracts.

Prior to joining Sustrans as senior engineer, Giulio gained significant experience at JMP Consultants and Systra, designing and delivering a wide range of transport projects for private and public sector clients across London and the south east. In these roles he demonstrated his skills in engineering and engaging with stakeholders, from Transport for London to local authorities, businesses and community groups.

Creating Healthy Streets

Giulio's interest in innovative and creative design to tackle emerging issues led him to conduct independent research into the interaction between active travel, infrastructure and land use planning. In 2017 he was awarded the Transport Planning Society’s Bursary of the Year award for this work.

Growing up in Italy, Indonesia and Canada, Giulio moved to London for his MEng in Environmental Engineering at UCL, gaining First Class Honours in 2014.

Giulio has recently been working as lead designer on the Peckham to Streatham Cycleway, developing proposals in line with the Healthy Streets approach and emerging infrastructure quality criteria.

Giulio takes over the reins from current Head of Built Environment, Zoe Spiliopoulou, who has moved to international firm, Grimshaw Architects.

Transforming lives - putting people at the heart of decisions

Giulio Ferrini said: “I am thrilled and excited to take on this new challenge and am looking forward to the opportunity to work with communities, stakeholders and partners to develop and deliver radical street design that works for people’s everyday lives. People, along with their needs, health and happiness, need to be at the heart of planning decisions. I am passionate about designing infrastructure to create liveable cities where people can choose to travel by bike or on foot, and seeing how this can really transform people’s lives for the better.”

Director of Sustrans in London, Matt Winfield, said: “We are delighted to see Giulio take on this role.  He will build on the great work which Zoe has led up until now and will set about working with partners to deliver bold and ambitious street design that will make major contributions to addressing some of the most pressing issues of the day – cutting air pollution, reducing congestion, improving people’s mental and physical health by creating environments where people can walk and cycle safely and with confidence.” 

He added:“Design is a vital part of what Sustrans offer and the team is likely to grow in the coming year, with opportunities in both London and across the UK.”

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