David Donaldson


It is with great sadness that we regret to inform you of the death of David Donaldson on Thursday 8th March. David passed away peacefully with his family.

David was passionate about tunnelling and spent over 40 years of his career in the tunnelling industry after leaving the Merchant Navy. David worked for various contractors including Monks, Buchan and Miller Buckley on various tunnelling projects throughout the UK. In 1987 David set up Donaldson Associates which grew into one of the leading independently owned businesses in the UK prior to its acquisition by COWI in 2014 when David retired. David grew the business from just "himself at the kitchen table" as he often put it, to a company that undertook the design on many major tunnelling projects in the UK and overseas.

David was also Chairman of the BTS from 1987 to 1989. At the BTS on 18th May 2017, David was presented with a distinguished service certificate from British Standards in recognition of his valuable input to BS6164 and the CEN working groups.

David is survived by his wife Linda and his three daughters Fiona, Laura and Helen. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.