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Michael Glover OBE

By This is Kent  |  Posted: January 09, 2009

HONOURED: Michael Glover, of Sevenoaks

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A SEVENOAKS engineer responsible for the design, creation and management of St Pancras Station and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link has been awarded an OBE.

Michael Glover, of Marlborough Crescent, Montreal Park, began his career in 1969 when he joined Ove Arup and Partners after completing a degree in engineering at Surrey University.

He has never moved from the company.

The 63-year-old has worked on a wide variety of projects including the Sydney Opera House, the HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong and London's Millennium Bridge.

He also won plaudits for the redevelopment of St Pancras Station and the creation of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, which, as technical director, he held responsibility for from its conception to completion.

Mr Glover, a father-of- three, said: "That's one of the most rewarding things I have had out of my career.

"The best one was many years ago which was the Hong Kong Shanghai building for HSBC. It's achieving things for the good of society and they are fantastic things to leave behind."

He added: "Engineering is intoxicating. You feel you really have contributed something and made a difference."

As well as the OBE, Mr Glover has been awarded the Sir Frank Whittle Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Structural Engineering's gold medal for his work on, among other things, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and design of St Pancras Station.

"Not many engineers get recognised in our society unfortunately," Mr Glover said. "I have been recognised for this but I have had some fantastic teachers and it was the teams and their families.

"That's how you run big things."

Mr Glover is currently working on the new Forth Bridge, which will complement other bridges which span the Firth of Forth River in Edinburgh.

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