Sir Brian Hill was knighted for services to construction in 1989

Industry veteran and the former boss of contractor Higgs & Hill Sir Brian Hill has died aged 84.

Hill, who was knighted for his services to the construction industry in 1989, joined the firm in 1957 and was appointed managing director in 1972, followed by chief executive and chairman before retiring from the firm in 1992.

Construction projects carried out during his 35-year tenure there included the BBC Television Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Hayward Gallery, South Bank Television Centre and the Mound Stand at Lord’s cricket ground.

He held a number of positions within the UK construction industry. He was national president of the Building Employers’ Confederation, president of the Chartered Institute of Building, a main board member of the Property Services Agency and director of the London Docklands Development Corporation.

Hill also advised on the extension to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, becoming a director in 1984. He was appointed chairman of the board in 1992 and then chairman of the trust board before stepping down in 1997.#

Higgs & Hill was bought by HBG in 1996 becoming known for a while as HBG Higgs & Hill.