A Murphy spokesman said that Peter’s appointment was part of a number of changes within the company for the next phase of development.

Darren Ramsay, MD for London and South commented: "I am very pleased to welcome Peter to Murphy. He joins the company at a time of transition and growth – and his diverse and extensive experience in major projects management and people leadership will be instrumental in helping drive growth in these key sectors.

"Peter will be focused on the safe and sustainable development of these businesses in line with the company’s future growth plans. His role will also be key in driving innovation forward, strengthening collaboration with clients, and leading our operations in line with our never harm culture."

Peter Walsh said: "I am delighted to join one of the UK’s leading infrastructure companies. Murphy has an impressive civil engineering legacy and core strengths in the UK fuelled by its customer focus, ongoing innovation, and value engineering.

"The capability and talent that exists within Murphy makes the company ideally positioned to capitalise on the growing opportunities in our industry today.

"My immediate focus will be on developing plans for sustainable growth in each of the business sectors."

Peter joins Murphy from VINCI where he has held a number of senior positions during the last 17 years. He has a wide-ranging experience in major rail and infrastructure operations and his expertise includes leadership, management and work winning in the London region.