Andrew first joined Mace in 2005 as an assistant construction manager for Como. After a successful 11 years, he is now an experienced project director leading high value complex projects. During this time he has worked on a wide and varied range of projects including residential, commercial office, retail and more recently complex scientific research laboratories, the Metropolitan Police Operational Centre and a London hospital.
- How did you get into what you do?
- I had an interest in architecture and design but wanted to be ‘hands on’ as well so chose to read construction management at university for which I achieved a first-class BSc honors degree. While studying I worked for a construction company in the holidays and for my year out placement, which was vital in preparing me for my career and for my interview for the Mace Graduate Development Programme.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
I enjoy the wide variety of my role. In the morning I could be making important strategic decisions and spend the afternoon on site agreeing construction details. The best bit though is seeing a project progress from a hole in the ground right through to completion. Each phase of a project has different and interesting challenges which keeps things interesting - there’s never a dull moment!
I was recently fortunate enough to be accepted on to the Mace Developing our Future programme at Imperial Business School which was a great experience. Subsequently I have been given the opportunity to be involved with developing Mace’s wider business systems and procedures which gives me an insight into the entire business.
- What’s been your favourite piece of work at Mace?
My favorite project from a technical point of view was the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford. The building is heavily serviced with specialist medical air, gasses and waters and our works included all of the specialist equipment. Coordinating all of this equipment and the construction of a double basement in wet ground, in a live university campus that could not be disrupted, was a challenge.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
- Get involved with as many aspects of construction as soon as you can. It could be doing work experience in the summer holidays or starting a graduate or apprenticeship scheme. You could always talk to a careers advisor or someone in the industry who can best advise you, taking your skills and areas of interest into account.
- What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
The continuation of prefabrication in the short term and the integration of off site fabrication in conjunction with building information modeling will allow for off site fabrication. The more we can do off site the safer and quicker the works on site should become. Similar to this will be the use of robots to carry out dangerous and repetitive tasks so humans don't have to. We already use remote controlled machines for demolition but this will also become much more prevalent for other types of equipment.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- I have a four-year-old son and one-year-old daughter who keep me pretty busy at weekends! When I do get a free moment I like to keep active by getting out on the bike or heading down to the gym.
“Each phase of a project has different and interesting challenges which keeps things interesting - there’s never a dull moment.”