After completing a 12 month graduate placement at Mace, Joe officially joined the company in 2012 to help deliver the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) for the British Museum. He is now applying the expertise he gained there on a high-profile refurbishment and extension project in New Oxford Street, London.
- How did you get into what you do?
- I'd always had an enthusiasm for construction and the built environment, so throughout and after leaving school I worked as a labourer. After seeing so many different roles in the industry I decided to challenge myself in a different way, and went to university to study construction management. During the third year of my degree in 2010, I did a 12 month industrial placement with Mace, which I really enjoyed. Mace then offered me a permanent role after my degree, so I returned in 2012 and haven't looked back.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
- The variation; every day is different. I love interacting with different people and I (mostly!) enjoy the challenges and the problem solving. The way the team works is fundamental to the success of the project, so I am passionate about working as part of a team, ensuring we collaborate to achieve our project goals. I also get a real sense of satisfaction when I see something go from inception to completion.
- What’s your proudest achievement at Mace?
- My work on the British Museum. I was there for a very long time and started off not knowing anyone or anything, but ended up developing a really good relationship with the client. I began to feel confident in my ability to manage the construction of a complex build. Towards the end of the project I was there on my own, representing Mace as the job finished. To be given the task of closing out the project and maintaining Mace’s reputation with such a distinguished client was a big responsibility. The WCEC was the biggest investment by the British Museum since the Great Court in 2000. To be there for so long and be so involved was a great privilege, and something I can look back on with pride.
“You have to be ready and willing, and have the confidence to take yourself out of your comfort zone. Push yourself, ask questions, and draw on the experience of those around you.”
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
- Don’t be afraid to take opportunities when they present themselves. You have to be ready and willing and have the confidence to take yourself out of your comfort zone. Push yourself, ask questions, and draw on the experience of those around you. It might seem scary, but actually if you push that door you will invariably find your way.
- What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
- I hope the use of new technologies within construction will continue to flourish. We like to think that we are a forward thinking industry, but we often reinvent the wheel. Mace is trying to generate more consistency and remove some of the bureaucratic barriers, but as a company and an industry, we need to be agile. Things like Building Information Modelling (BIM), 3D printing and prefabrication have got a lot to offer and there is a lot more to come on those things. I think 3D printing in particular could be significant.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- Through my faith I’m involved in a lot of charity work and I'm very much a part of my local church. I enjoy sport, specifically badminton, squash and golf. I love spending time with my family and I enjoy the country life. I live two minutes from the beach - out of the big smoke - and I like the juxtaposition between work in London and life on the east coast of Essex.