Experienced People

Mark Hellawell

Project Manager

Construction, UK

From high-end fit out in the office and residential sectors to working for education clients, Mark has enjoyed a varied role since he joined Mace in 2007. He is currently managing construction at 7-10 Hanover Square, one of London's most prestigious addresses.

How did you get into what you do?
I started working for local building companies during school and university holidays. After university I joined a small building company refurbishing buildings in the Cotswolds. After working on a property belonging to a Mace director I was encouraged to get some experience on larger sites and apply to the Mace Graduate Development Programme. From there, my first job at Mace was as a construction manager on a large corporate headquarters and have gained experience on a lot of central London projects since.
What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
The challenge and diversity within the job. Each project is completely unique, and working at Mace means I get to be part of some of the best projects in London. Every day is different and so are the people you meet through the job. The rewarding feeling of seeing an end product that you’ve been building from the start is a real highlight of my job.
What’s your favourite piece of work at Mace?
There are many but if I have to pick one it would be 7-10 Hanover Square. Being given the opportunity to lead the project was a real opportunity. We had to start very quickly after appointment and the programme couldn’t move even when the project scope changed which meant we had to think creatively to meet what the client wants. All the feedback so far has been really good, we've really risen to the challenge.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
Make sure to get as much experience in construction as you can, whether that be managerial or working on a site. It all helps to give an understanding of what the industry is like and if it’s right for you. Always learn from those around you and don’t be ashamed of making mistakes as you will learn from them. You can’t be afraid to get stuck in, so make sure you really go for it.
What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
I think smarter ways of working are coming. Construction is innovative. At the same time, because each project is unique there’s no blanket score that can fit the whole industry. While it is a slow process, it is happening. Clients want quicker, better, more efficient, high-quality work, so the whole industry is having to evolve.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
Family is very important to me and I’m also a real outdoors man. In my downtime I enjoy mountain biking and if I can get to the beach I’ll go windsurfing. If it’s sports related, I’m interested.

“Each project is completely unique, and working at Mace means I get to be part of some of the best projects in London.”