Hipperson, who was tipped to join Skanska by Building two weeks ago, will lead Skanska Integrated Projects, which has been set up to cope with the glut of PFI work won by the contractor. The firm is to start on £550m of hospital PFI work over the next few months in Coventry and Derby.
Hipperson, who had stints at Mace and Carillion, will join the Skanska UK board and report directly to chief executive David Fison. He starts work on Monday.
Fison said the PFI unit would focus on creating integrated teams for PFI projects covering the job from inception and construction to facilities management.
We need separate arms to meet these customers’ differing demands
David Fison, chief executive, Skanska UK
Skanska also announced a replacement for former UK building managing director Andy Sturgess, who in May after Fison was made UK boss. Sturgess will be replaced by Dave Shadwell, director of the firm's major projects and its fit-out operation, Kontor Skanska.
The firm said Shadwell had experience of inner city projects, having spent most of his early career in London.