A KEY figure on the Chek Lap Kok airport project has won a prestigious award for his role in the design of the $12 billion passenger terminal. Robin Whalley, a senior director at Mott MacDonald, has become the 1995 Individual British Consultant of the Year for his work as project director of the Mott Connell/Foster Asia/BAA design team. The award is sponsored by The Times newspaper of London and given by the British Consultants Bureau. Mr Whalley took the title for leading a 200-strong group which completed the design of the 1.2-kilometre-long terminal on time, inside budget and 'with the consummate flair it had promised'. His contribution 'was characterised by a drive for quality, efficiency and innovative thinking', according to Mott MacDonald. He was responsible for meeting an intensely demanding specification within a very tight time-scale under a fixed price contract. The Mott Consortium had just two years to plan and engineer the 490,000-square-metre terminal after the Provisional Airport Authority awarded the contract in March 1992. Construction of the terminal started last year with a $465 million contract awarded to Gammon/Nishimatsu for the foundations.