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Cemex grants Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter Head

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Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. has announced that the winner of the 2016 Lorenzo Zambrano Lifetime Achievement Award is British civil, structural, highway, and environmental engineer, Peter Head CBE.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cemex Building Award, the company proudly recognises Head for his pioneering vision and remarkable efforts and achievements in sustainable urban development.

Peter Head is recognised for developing global practices that demonstrate the effectiveness of sustainable construction. He has promoted the use of concrete, steel, and composite materials for sustainable construction, as reflected in the Second Severn Crossing Bridge in England, the Docklands Light Railway Bridge in London, and the Kap Shui Mun Bridge in Hong Kong, as well as metros in Bangkok, Copenhagen, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, among other vast works.

Head has won many honours and awards during his prestigious career, including Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to civil engineering and the environment, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering Award of Merit, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal, and an Order of the British Empire for services to bridge engineering. In 2008, he was named by The Guardian Newspaper as one of the 50 people that could save the planet, and was cited by Time magazine as one of 30 global eco-heroes. In 2012, he was one of 100 engineers and scientists selected to have his life story recorded in the aural history of Britain at the British Library.

From 2004 to 2011, Head created and directed the global planning and integrated urbanism practice of Arup group, where he led several projects including the Dongtan Eco City in China. Arup is internationally renowned for participating in buildings like the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Torre Reforma in Mexico, and more recently, the Singapore Sports Hub.

Since 2011, Head has actively worked at his organisation, Ecological Sequestration Trust, which gathers renowned scientists, engineers, economists, financiers, and specialists worldwide to help regions and communities in developing urban design plans using inclusive models that face global warming challenges and resource scarcity.

Since 2000 and as part of the Cemex Building Award, the Lorenzo H. Zambrano Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to a renowned personality within the construction industry, whose body of work has made significant contributions to the well-being of communities worldwide, and whose legacy will continue to foster sustainable building practices. This Award honours the memory of Cemex’s former Chairman and Chief Executive, Mr. Lorenzo H. Zambrano, an industrialist and business leader who not only was instrumental in transforming Cemex from a local cement producer into a leading global company, but also was known for his passionate commitment to nature conservancy and sustainability.

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