Designing the DREAMBUILDING
Kier Construction Southern is undertaking the Design and Build contract for our new Hospice. Here, Design Manager Tony Russell describes his role and what it means to him to be working on this project.
As Design Manager with Kier, my main role is to coordinate and manage the Team which produces detailed versions of designs of the various elements that make up the building as a whole.
I manage the production of drawings and specifications by the architects and engineers; coordinate sub-contractors’ fabrication drawings; liaise with the Project Managers and the Hospice itself, whilst assisting the Kier site teams in the successful incorporation of each design element into the overall building.
A Wide-Ranging Role
I have many key areas of responsibility; in particular I am involved in the release of planning conditions, ensuring the works conform to current Building Regulations and relevant British & European Standards and national codes of practice. I act as the link between the Employer, the designers, the fabricators, and the tradesmen on site, which requires an appreciation both of basic traditional building techniques and practices, as well as delicate, high end finishes.
Having joined the Kier Hospice Design Team just as the steel frame was being erected on site, my biggest challenge was getting up to speed with the detail of the build rather quickly; but I was ably assisted by the expertise, professionalism, and good will from the whole of the team at the Hospice, Kier and all other parties involved.
Getting a Buzz From the Build
Having previously worked on various high-end projects in the leisure, healthcare, exhibition, sport, laboratory and residential sectors, I particularly enjoy the investigative work and problem solving that goes with challenging, highly technical projects such as the new Hospice. I get my biggest buzz from watching a ‘good plan come together’. I love the nuts and bolts of construction, which I blame on being given a Meccano set as a present for my 8th birthday! That and being lousy at maths and really good at art!
Having spent 25 years in London, I now live in a small hamlet of 14 houses surrounded by serene fields and distant ghostly woods, and spend most weekends taming the garden, riding motorcycles, or trying to be a lumberjack!