CCL operations director Terry Bradley has become the first-ever recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Post-Tensioning Association.
The award was presented to Terry in front of an audience of over 130 guests at the very first PTA awards dinner which took place at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in April.
Terry started his career as a site operative with Swiss firm VSL over 40 years ago. “I knew absolutely nothing about post-tensioning but the job meant working abroad and that appealed to me,” he says.
His desire to travel was soon satisfied, and Terry found himself working in Saudi Arabia. Since then his career has taken him all over the world, working on landmark projects such as the Tarbela Dam in Pakistan, the Victoria Dam in Sri Lanka, the Taipei Expressway and the Second Mactan-Mandaue Crossing in the Philippines.
After VSL, Terry set up his own company, Stresstech. In the 1980s he spent 17 weeks working in Iraq for government agency TECO at the height of the Iran-Iraq War.
In the late 1990s, Terry was appointed operations manager with StrongForce, O’Rourke’s post-tensioning subsidiary. He remained with StrongForce until 2006 when he joined the international CCL group to launch UK subsidiary, CCL GB, with Jon Machin.
During the course of his eventful career, Terry has become a key figure in industry training of PT operatives and has served as chairman of the national working group on post-tensioning for Construction Skills.
But despite humbly accepting his ‘outstanding contribution’ award, Terry is not about to hang up his boots. “CCL has gone from being just two of us in the UK ten years ago to a 15-strong design team and an operations team of about 70 today. I’ve got no intention of retiring yet!” he says. “It’s only been 44 years; the industry’s been good to me, so I’d like to give the industry a good 50 years,” he says.