Julian Bates, Operations Director, Construction
Mace People

Julian Bates

Operations Director

Construction, UK

Julian brought over 15 years of experience with him when he joined Mace as a project director in 2011. He has considerable experience in the hotel, residential and offices sectors, and is currently overseeing the construction of a high profile, mixed-use development in the heart of London.
How did you get into what you do?
The idea of being in an office all day has never appealed to me - I've always been an outdoors kind of person, and I guess that's what first attracted me to construction. I joined Bovis straight out of university and worked there for 15 years. I then came to Mace and have never been happier, it's challenging work, but it's what I enjoy.
What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?

Working for Mace is great as we're given so many opportunities to take part in the construction of some monumental buildings. Mace has had a hand in building London's skyline - being part of that is great.

I also enjoy the satisfaction of seeing a project through from start to finish. Starting from scratch to galvanise and create a team for the project, working on site, and then finally handing over a high-quality finished project to a happy client - it's a great feeling.

What’s your proudest achievement at Mace?
It would have to be the first job I worked on at 240 Blackfriars - a challenging office development. Winning your first job is an indescribable feeling, and difficult to top. Looking back I was so proud to win it, but also immensely proud to deliver it to the client.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
Be patient - things don't always come straight away. If it feels like it's taking longer to get to where you want to be, don't worry, you will progress up the career ladder over time. Make sure you have confidence in your own ability, that's how others will learn to have confidence in you too.
What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
I think the recruitment of skilled and enthusiastic young people in construction is becoming more and more difficult. Mace is ahead of the game on this, but I really think it will become a priority for all companies to encourage younger generations into this fantastic line of work.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
Family is key for me, as is sport. I believe that it's essential to get away from the stresses of work at the weekend, and I make sure I spend time with friends and family.
Julian Bates, Operations Director, Construction

“Mace has had a hand in building London’s skyline - being part of that is great.”