Paul Creasey, Project Manager, Construction
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Paul Creasey

Senior Project Manager

Fit out, UK

Paul has been a senior project manager with Como since 2007, working across a range of sectors, from offices for commercial banks, legal firms and government departments, to retail projects for world–renowned brands. Starting out his career as a site engineer, Paul has been working in the industry for over 35 years.

How did you get into what you do?
I was first interested in construction because my grandfather worked in the industry as a site agent. At college I did a sandwich course with a construction company. I really enjoyed the variety of the work and the fact that I had a regular change of scenery. I started my career as a site engineer and then began assisting projects before working my way up to leading them. I made the move from construction into fit out 24 years ago; it was a natural progression.
What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
The good atmosphere on site with my team, as well as with the client and suppliers. I really enjoyed working on the Mary Rose Museum project because we had a very good team spirit. It wasn't an easy job, especially when we had to remove the old roof structure without letting any dust or other objects fall on the ship directly below it. The project ran smoothly because everyone was totally committed to working safely and carefully. It was clear that everyone really cared and had the same goal.
What has been your favourite piece of work at Mace?

It's got to be the same project - the Mary Rose Museum. It was a complete one-off, refitting the museum around a historical monument. There was a lot of specialist conservation work to do that hadn't been done before - not your average refurbishment project! Keeping the conditions around the ship controlled at all times was complicated – it was a bit like working in an operating theatre!

Around the ship was a 'hot box', which was similar to a large, insulated greenhouse. We had to replace it with a new structural glazing and walls at the same time as maintaining the temperature, atmosphere and humidity. It was like taking a fishbowl apart without letting the water out. I managed the programming and very detailed daily schedules to coordinate all the different work taking place at the same time in very close proximity to the ship. Logistically it was very challenging too, but we worked hard to manage the programme and ensure that all the work was completed to a very high standard. The client was delighted with the end result and the Museum reopened to the world's press on time.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
You've got to have passion and enthusiasm to succeed because in this industry, even when you plan something, unexpected things can come up. You have to be able and willing to adapt what you're doing so you don't miss your deadlines.
What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
The main changes that have been trending for the last 15 years have been advances in technology. Projects are being delivered much faster with readily available electronic information. From concept and design to completion, projects probably take half the time they did ten years ago. I'm sure this trend will continue.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
My family, golf, and gardening. And of course I enjoy holidays! My wife and I work hard so we enjoy good holidays, especially skiing trips.
Paul Creasey, Project Manager, Construction

“You've got to have passion and enthusiasm to succeed because in this industry, even when you plan something, unexpected things can come up. ”