Ben joined Mace in 2014 on the Graduate Development Programme. He is part of the major programmes and infrastructure team working as an energy manager on a number of high-profile projects. Ben's drive and determination to do his level best for the client, community and environment has seen him perform an energy management role in a short space of time.
- How did you get into what you do?
I’ve always been passionate about sustainability and climate change. The opportunity to work with a project management construction and consultancy company was the perfect platform for me to make a real difference.
I was impressed with Mace’s reputation in sustainability, both in the UK and internationally, particularly with their work to minimise the financial, environmental and social impacts. When I realised they were ranked as one of the best companies in the UK for graduates to work for, I applied straight away and I'm proud to be where I am today.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
- It has to be the people and having the ability to implement change. Every day or week is different on site and it’s the interaction with everyone on the project where I get the most satisfaction. Each project brings new challenges wherever I go that allow me to push myself and offer new ways of thinking.
- What’s been your favourite piece of work at Mace?
The experience I had of working on a huge campus development. It was a steep learning curve and I was constantly challenged, but it helped me to develop. I worked with the client team and trade contractors to minimise energy consumption. We installed 1,500 photovoltaic panels on the roof and reduced out-of-hours light energy consumption with daylight sensors.
Walking out on site to see and hear the positive impact the project had on the end users was one of my proudest moments. To do all this in my first two years of the Graduate Development Programme was excellent.
- What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
- For me, it’s about creating better, and more engaging, working environments, and improving the wellbeing of occupants who use the buildings we construct. Using the concept of smart cities, future developments will be smarter, better connected and built from materials that improve workforce wellbeing.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- Sports and travelling. I’m quite outgoing and like to mix different sports with discovering new places across the world.
“I was impressed with Mace’s reputation in sustainability, both in the UK and internationally.”