Gabriel Pierazzini

Technical Director Facades & Cladding


Facades & Cladding


  • Kings College MSc Construction Law
  • MSc Construction Management
  • Fellow of the Society of Facade Engineering

Specialisms / Skills

  • Forensic Engineering
  • Facade
  • Cladding

Gabriel is a globally renowned façade and cladding expert with experience of projects across, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa.

He has worked for leading contractors, developers, consultants and specialist contractors on demanding projects.

His experience ranges from design, construction through to claims and disputes and is used to working with legal teams providing early technical advice.



Language Skills: Italian (Native); English (Fluent); French (Working Knowledge)

Head of Technical – Façades, Kier Limited, UK 2021 – Present
Lead Façade Specialist and pivotal member of the Design and Technical Assurance Group, reporting to the Central Construction Business. Operating across multiple regions, leading the overall façade delivery strategy, and providing specialist input across multiple projects working on the building envelope.

Façade Specialist, Balfour Beatty UK Construction Services Ltd, UK 2020 – 2021
Provided specialist input across a portfolio of projects demonstrating expertise across a wide range of façade types, materials and technologies. Developed project strategies for design and construction stages, and provided technical input to resolve issues, disputes and claims.
• Provided leadership and technical support for the delivery of façade solutions and owned building envelope project aspects from concept to implementation.
• Lead and coordinated consultants and specialist façade contractor design development to ensure designs and solutions met the client’s requirements, industry best standards and statutory regulations.

Project Executive – Building Envelope, Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd, UK 2016 – 2020
Pivotal member of the Southbank Place Construction Executive Team with leadership accountability for the design, procurement and delivery of all façade works at the Southbank Place Development (£1.3b construction value and £140m+ façade works value) which consisted of 2 office buildings, and 5 high-rise residential towers..
• Led and motivated a twelve strong team of Façade Design and Construction Specialists across all elements of the envelope project delivery.
• Provided input across key project stages including feasibility input during architectural design, value engineering and design rationalisation, off-site construction and testing, through to project completion.
• Oversaw the tendering process including selection, negotiation and contract award, and led ongoing commercial management such as variation negotiations, contractual disputes, project valuation and closure of accounts.

Operations Director – Façade Engineering, Mace Ltd, UK 2013 – 2015
Key member of the Mace Construction Technical Group and Lead Building Envelope Specialist. Managed and led across key project phases including pre-construction process, design development, procurement, design/construction strategy, contract finalisation. Regularly seconded to individual projects to support the direct delivery of façade packages for high profile projects.
• Strategic leadership of numerous Project Construction Teams, and empowered teams to deliver challenging objectives.
• Member of Project Bid Teams, developed all building envelope elements of tender proposals, specialising in Design and Build deliveries, and with a working knowledge of Construction Management and Traditional Fixed Price Contracts.
• Developed construction and procurement strategies for envelope packages often with bespoke tendering arrangements.
• Negotiated façade consultant scope of services, assessed suitable façade contractors and finalised appointments.
• Ensured all construction strategies aligned with relevant health and safety, and programming implications.
• Maintained close contact with the international envelope contractors and fabricators market, monitored ongoing performance and identified new suppliers in emerging markets.

UK Sales and Tendering Director, Permasteelisa (UK) Ltd, UK 2008 – 2012
Senior Façade Engineer, Lend Lease, UK 2004 – 2008
Senior Façade Designer, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd, UK 2001 – 2004
Senior Project Manager – Curtain Wall Division, G James Glass & Aluminium Pty Ltd, AUS 2000 – 2001
Design Manager Curtain Wall, G James Glass & Aluminium Pty Ltd, AUS 1996 – 2000
Tender Manager/Cost Planner, G James Glass & Aluminium Pty Ltd, AUS 1994 – 1996
Technical and Commercial Advisor, Self-Employed, Italy 1992 – 1994
Project Manager, Almak SRL, Italy 1989 – 1992
Project Co-Ordinator/Draughtsman, Various, Italy 1984 – 1989





The Forum, Gloucester Head of Technical, Facades
Lewisham Gateway Phase 2 Specialist Support, Façade Principal
Southbank Place, London Project Executive, Façade Lead
Television Centre Re-Development – White City, London Operations Director, Façade Lead
Nova Victoria Development, London Façade Operations Director
The Leadenhall Building, London Façade Design and Project Manager (pre-construction)
Fenchurch Street (Walkie-Talkie), London Bid Director
Manchester Metropolitan University New Business School Bid Director
One New Change, London Façade Design and Project Manager
Kings Waterfront Arena & Conference Centre, Liverpool Façade Design and Project Manager (pre-construction)
Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Spinningfields, Manchester Façade Design and Project Manager (pre-construction)
Paternoster Building 1 – Warwick Court, London Façade Consultant
Herons Quay 1 – 20 Bank Street Canary Wharf, London Façade Consultant
Victorian County Court, Melbourne Project Manager and Lead Façade Designer
Citigroup Centre – 2 Part Street, Sydney Lead Façade Designer and Project Co-ordinator
Haw Par Centre – Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore Lead Façade Designer
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie, Ivory Coast Construction Manager