Andrew Cawley is a project manager with Fairhome Property Developments LTD. Past projects for Andrew have included Coggeshall Road, Bellevue Road, Walter Nash Road, Stanhope Way and Pedmore Walk.
How long have you been working as a project manager and what does your role entail?
“I’ve worked as a project manager for the past six years. My role involves managing the expectations of all key stakeholders throughout the construction process.”
How did you become involved with the construction industry?
“After completing an NVQ Level 2, I started my construction career as a plumber, before progressing onto the role of supervisor and site manager. I then worked my way up to project manager and contracts manager roles, working on schemes within the new build and commercial-to-residential refurbishment sector.”
What other qualifications do you have?
“In between completing a degree and an MSc in Construction Project Management, I am now studying for an NVQ Level 7 and hoping to achieve the position of Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB) in the very near future.”
What have been your greatest triumphs as a project manager?
“I recently completed a project where the resident had planned to be away from the property for two weeks. The plan was to undertake most of the internal works within those two weeks, then follow this up with a further two weeks of work within the live property. However, I realised this would have created disruption to the resident, potentially resulting in stress and anxiety caused from being surrounded by unfamiliar people.
“With careful planning with the contractor, we managed to complete both the internal and external works within the initial two-week timeframe, removing the need for a two-week follow-up. The contractor then helped the resident move back into the property by collecting all her possessions.”
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
“There is a great sense of team work within the department and everyone pulls together when required. I love that no two projects are the same and each has its own challenges when it comes to the design and deliverability of the scheme.
“The most rewarding part of the job is getting out there and seeing the difference we make to the lives of the people living in each property.”
At the Fairhome Group, our aim is to make a difference to people’s lives, by providing ‘whole life’ homes, made to the best possible standard for the individual. Our company consists of four divisions – Fairhome Property Investments LTD, Fairhome Property Developments LTD, Fairhome Construction LTD and Fairhome Asset Management LTD – and we work towards meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people in society.