Harrison Taylor is a project manager with Fairhome Property Developments LTD. Harrison has managed multiple projects for Fairhome, including Norrison Avenue, The Elms, The Bungalow, College Grove Road and the Beach Road Portfolio.
How long have you been working as a project manager for Fairhome Property Developments LTD and what does your role entail?
“In August 2015, I began a 12-month Project Management Industrial Placement, which then led to a further 12 months as an assistant project manager. I became a full-time project manager in May 2018.”
What does your role entail?
“As a project manager, my role is to co-ordinate a multi-disciplinary project team to deliver ‘whole-life’ homes within the supported living sector. This involves defining our support providers’ specific requirements, communicating these through construction drawings and the scope of works created by the architects and estimators, and then managing the works through our trusted contractors on our supply chain.
“My aim is to ensure the project arrives on budget, on time and to the desired specification, quality and expectations. This involves a lot of time on site, reporting on progress, health and safety, and holding project team meetings to keep everything running smoothly and safely.”
Images: The Elms in Cheshire – a home Harrison project managed.
How did you first become involved with the construction industry?
“Throughout school I was involved with construction-related subjects and followed this through into college, undertaking a Level 3 BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment. This confirmed my interest in the construction industry.
“At university I continued to hone my project management and construction knowledge, completing a BSc (Hons) Project Management Degree with First Class Honours. The knowledge I collected from university and the experience I picked up from Fairhome Property Developments propelled me into the role I have today.
“I look forward to a long career in the construction industry, continuously developing my project management skills.”
What do you enjoy most about your job?
“The teamwork, the process and the result – these are all things I enjoy about my job.
“The teamwork within a multidisciplinary team keeps everything exciting and means there are constant opportunities to learn and develop my knowledge of the intricacies of each job role within the department.
“The process of developing the designs and adding detail, so our support providers can deliver the best level of care, is vital. This is then translated into the physical form, with the backing of the multidisciplinary project team.
“Finally, this leads onto the result – providing ‘whole life’ homes for vulnerable adults, which is a very rewarding feeling.”
What is the most challenging aspect of being a project manager and what are your greatest triumphs?
“Managing expectations and coordinating what can sometimes be a very large interdisciplinary team to achieve the planned outcomes are the biggest challenges. The greatest triumphs are achieving some of the best key performance indicators (KPI) for the project managers.”
What does it mean to you to be involved in the construction of ‘whole life’ homes?
“Itmeans that I can be part of tackling what is a significant nationwide economical problem of there not being enough supported and sheltered housing. Being a part of this process is very humbling and exciting and makes me very proud of what I do for a living.”