Gary joined Scudder Demolition in 2011 with a quantity surveying background in civil engineering. He brings more than 30 years’ experience within the demolition sector and it is this experience that is shown in the methodology, costings and tender preparation of Scudder’s submissions.
Gary's key responsibilities include leading the outline design and methodology and deconstruction sequencing for demolition projects, with a focus on applying programme and costs for temporary works.
Scudder Demolition is 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 market.
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.
Take for example our work at Lots Road Power Station where our client essentially wanted ‘an empty box’ after demolition works had concluded. We kept that at the forefront of our methodology, focusing on how to remove the steelwork inside the façade without causing damage, enabling our client to make the most of the structure without needing to worry about unwanted structural elements.
The demolition industry isn’t always considered the most progressive. Many of the big developers have moved forward in their expectations, but demolition companies haven’t always moved forward with them. A few years ago clients started amalgamating multiple packages which caught a lot of companies unprepared. Luckily, the Carey Group has always been big on being a ‘one-stop shop’ and by being able to offer different services under a single roof we became the preferred contractor on a number of large projects.
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.