Amie Westlake, Assistant Construction Manager, Como
Emerging Talent

Amie Westlake

Assistant Construction Manager

Fit out, UK

Amie’s career with Como began in 2012 when she spent a year on industry placement as part of her construction management degree. After finishing university, Amie was offered a graduate trainee position. Within a year she was promoted to Assistant Construction Manager and is concurrently working towards a Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) qualification.

How did you get into what you do?

I’ve always been interested in construction but at first I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. After doing work experience with a project management construction consultancy company when I was 16, I knew straight away that I wanted to be on site and have a hands on role.

When I was looking for a company for my placement year I instantly thought of Mace as its people had been at a careers fair at my university. I did my research and realised that Mace had an impressive reputation, both in London and globally. I decided to apply and was lucky enough to be selected. Now I really enjoy working for Como, Mace's fit out subsidiary.

What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
I love being on site. Every day is different and it’s really fast paced. I can’t keep still – even at weekends – so having a job that keeps me on my toes and constantly challenged is perfect for me. I love the daily interaction I have with the entire project team and the fact that I get to transform an empty shell into something that gives the client a lot of satisfaction. Being able to stand back at the end of a project and see the physical results of all the hard work is really rewarding.
What’s your proudest achievement at Mace?

A commercial fit out I did in Canary Wharf. It was tough because we were working in a live building and the location meant that the logistics around material delivery and site access were really challenging.

For the first time I managed my own areas. They included the plant rooms, which was a bit daunting as knowledge of mechanical and electrical works was my weakest area. But I had really good support and it helped me to see what I’m capable of. I’d feel really confident doing another one.

Amie Westlake, Assistant Construction Manager, Como

“There are so many jobs involved in construction, but until you try them out you don’t really know what will suit your skills or personality.”

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
To get practical experience as early as possible. There are so many jobs involved in construction, but until you try them out or see them first hand you don’t really know what will suit your skills or personality. I used to want to be a quantity surveyor until I shadowed a construction manager. Now I wouldn’t change.
What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
I think we’ll see an increase in the use of sustainable materials and more creative ways of using energy efficient methods. More clients are now buying in to achieving a BREEAM rating, and as it’s an area that interests me so I hope they continue to value it.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
Shopping, travel and spending time with my family. I’ve also recently bought a house that I’m renovating, so right now I live, sleep and breathe construction and fit out. Luckily for me I enjoy it!