Gary joined Careys in 2011 with a quantity surveying background in civil engineering. He brings more than 30 years’ experience within the sector and it is this experience that is shown in the methodology, costings and tender preparation of ION Environmental's submissions.
Gary's key responsibilities include leading the outline design and methodology and deconstruction sequencing for projects, with a focus on applying programme and costs for temporary works.
We are a very close-knit team of professionals. Most of us have worked with each other at one point or another and we really get on with each other well. For us in the senior leadership team we recognise that a large part of this comes from the on-boarding process, which plays a key part in ensuring everyone is properly embedded in the business and aware of their colleague’s skills and capabilities.
Personally, I encourage our team to be honest and open in the way they engage with each other and our clients. We’ve got some really diverse experience within the team, so the team can gain a lot from reaching out to each other for advice and support which is a key part of our success in the mark.
I always start with trying to understand what the concerns and drivers are for our clients. Every project we do is slightly different but as we progress through the tender process, I try to unpick what it is that the client is trying to achieve and focus in on it when we’re putting together a programme of works.
A big favourite for me has been the Selfridges project which was won through a highly competitive tender process. The project has quadrupled in value for us which is a real testament to our ability to adapt to what the client has needed and to provide high-quality reconfiguration work on a store without disrupting the important retail experience for their customers.
Selfridges’ Oxford Street store is one of the most recognised and admired retail locations in the world, but not many people know the structural history of the building which presented a real challenge for our client when trying to design the new layout. Add in the millions of pounds spent every day in the store and the need to maintain the right atmosphere and it becomes a job that not many contractors could undertake, let alone be awarded multiple additional contracts of work as the project progresses.