UK tunnel sector mourns Alan Gimbert

17 July 2020

The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) is saddened to announce the recent passing of Alan Gimbert, who died peacefully at home, aged 79 following a 10-month battle with cancer.

A statement from the BTS read:

‘Alan was a chartered structural engineer. He began his career as an apprentice draughtsman with British Reinforced Concrete in Stafford and worked in the concrete industry all his life. He joined Lytag in 1968, and between 1977 and 1987 worked with construction company Laing in sales and production management. In 1987 he joined Charcon Tunnels as sales manager and finished his career as managing director, during which he was involved in numerous UK tunnel projects. He diversified Charcon’s interests overseas, working on tunnel projects in Brazil, Iran and in Italy. He held numerous patents within the concrete industry for his technical innovations.

‘Many in the tunnelling fraternity will have had the pleasure of joining Alan on his annual Charcon golf days at Coxmoor Golf Club, Mansfield. He loved golf and played even with the onset of illness: despite being unable to barely walk or stand he continued to play golf regardless. He had the audacity to get a rare hole-in-one in his mid-seventies, something most golfers never achieve in their lifetime. He was an extremely talented artist and was also a highly-skilled woodworker.

‘Alan is survived by his lovely wife Helen, daughter Luissa, son in law Mike and adorable granddaughter Lexi. One of life’s true gentlemen, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.’