Grace Hornsby is a project manager with Fairhome Property Developments LTD. Grace has been involved with numerous projects for Fairhome, including Haden House, St Julian’s Farm Road, the Yeovil Portfolio, Northons Lane, Oakfield Road, Ripponden Road, Cask Court and the Gleadless Portfolio, helping to create ‘whole life’ homes for vulnerable members of society.
How long have you been working as a project manager for Fairhome Property Developments LTD and what does your role entail?
“I’ve been working as a project manager for the past 18 months. Within my role, I am involved in the construction works, from estimating through to handover. I communicate with various teams within the department, including contractors, care providers and registered providers, to ensure that refurbishment works run smoothly and the needs of each person are reflected in the scope of our works and plans. I regularly visit sites across the country to ensure that everything is operating safely, on time and within budget.”
How did you first become involved with the construction industry?
“After school, I studied building surveying at Liverpool John Moores University. I have remained within the construction and property industry ever since.”
What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I really like the fact that no two projects are ever the same. The requirements of each person differ from development to development and that keeps my work interesting.
“I also enjoy working with all the various people within the construction industry. Seeing everyone work together to create properties that are suitable for both the care providers and the people who will be living in each home is great!”
Images: St Julian’s Farm Road (left) and Northons Lane (right) – two homes Grace has project managed.
What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
“The most challenging aspect of working as a project manager within the care environment is making considerations that might not arise in other projects. The needs of the people who will live in our homes are complex, therefore we must always put extra thought into accessibility, health and safety and even the way in which staff will operate and how space will be used within each home.”
What other challenges arise?
“When we are dealing with existing properties it can always be challenging, as we are temporarily moving people out of their homes whilst the works are underway. However, it is always very rewarding when they come back, and we can see how happy they are with their new homes.”
What has been one of your greatest triumphs?
“St Julian’s Farm Road was a real triumph for us. After the project had started on site the needs of the care provider changed, so we had to devise the most efficient and effective solutions based on their specific requirements to meet those needs – which we did!”
What does it mean to you to be involved in the construction of ‘whole life’ homes?
“It is a rewarding and enjoyable role; especially when you help to improve people’s lives.”
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.