At Careys, we’re proud to deliver an extensive range of engineering, build and construction services across multiple sectors. To do this, we need to ensure we attract, train and develop the best people, one of whom is our BDL Dry Lining Construction Director, Tom. This week, we caught up with him about his role, responsibilities and career highlights at our unique washroom fit-out factory in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

My role and responsibilities

I oversee the design, procurement, off-site manufacturing, site works and handover of our washroom fit- out projects.

Knowing a career in construction was for me

I knew I wanted a career in construction from a very early age. My dad was a labourer and all my uncles, cousins and surrounding family members growing up were ground workers and general builders. All this great exposure made it clear construction was the career path I wanted to pursue; it’s all I’ve ever known.

Developing my career

I’ve had a passion for working with wood since high school and was fortunate to undertake a joinery apprenticeship with a small family-run business in Glasgow. Not long after I was employed as a working foreman, then a site manager, and subsequently a project manager. I then went into off-site manufacturing, specialising in modular wall sections for commercial projects – including shower rooms and en-suite pods for residential projects.

What I enjoy most about my role

I really enjoy taking a project from the early stages of an architect’s design brief and developing this through the various phases, ensuring we deliver exceptional projects.

Working with the talented people across BDL Dry Lining is also great. They are genuinely nice, friendly and hardworking individuals who really care about the company. I work with people from every continent in the world and we work together as a team and socialise, for me, this is the best part of my job!

Our passionate team

We have dry liners, ames tapers, decorators, joiners and plumbers to name but a few and they’re all hard working and deliver an amazing job, led by committed and passionate site management teams.

Our teams are very passionate about the quality of their workmanship. It’s the quality and quantity of work that our teams produce in our off-site manufacturing facility that gives us our edge in the marketplace. The accolades that our clients feed-back to us about our factory is testament to this.

My favourite project to date

Finsbury Circus was the first project where we delivered off-site manufacturing from our own Milton Keynes factory. We hit the ground running, and fast, and the team manufactured a fantastic job which was then installed expertly on site. The relationships that we built and maintained with the client, architect and principal contractor on that project have since proven to be vital in our growth.

Having said all of that, I’m proud of every one of our jobs especially when everyone gets Safe Home Every Day.

My advice to anyone looking to start a similar career

Spend a few years working out on site before undertaking a theoretical qualification or construction management role. It’s vital to gain an understanding of how site operatives think, behave, and the daily challenges they face. This includes from the moment that they arrive on a site in the morning, to getting their PPE and tools out, starting their work, and having to work in cold and wet weather.

I believe that by experiencing and being able to see things from their perspective, it will put you in a better position to understand your teams’ needs, to effectively manage them, and to ensure they are safe at all times, whilst working productively and efficiently.

What our culture at Careys means to me

I was brought up in a family where a culture of respect, integrity, honesty and loyalty are our key family values, the same values which I apply to my own children now. The culture is exactly the same in BDL Dry Lining and across the Carey Group.

It’s amazing how a company of this size, with thousands of employees, covering several geographical regions has maintained a strong family business feel about it - people genuinely care!

An interesting or unusual fact about the washroom fit out factory

Not long after opening our Milton Keynes factory, we had to double our manufacturing and production space due to an increase in projects. We’re improving and getting stronger all the time.

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