Laurence has over 20 years experience in design management, working with national contractors including Kier, Wilmott Dixon, Cowlin and Warings.
As Head of Design Management at Stride Treglown, Laurence is focussed on improving our efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery stages of our projects. He recognises that cultural understanding and alignment with our contractor clients, as well as an increased emphasis on building key relationships, is vital to enhancing our connections and service.
What inspired you to pursue a career in construction?
I come from a family who were and are all in construction, so, I guess it was inevitable. I began as a joiner working for a shopfitting company in Manchester. This experience at an early age made me consider how things are built and gave me a great understanding of construction challenges. I did my degree in Construction Management at Leeds University and then began a career in Design Management with Kier.
Why the move to consultancy?
I see the move from contractor to consultancy as a great opportunity to bring the skills and knowledge I have developed over the years to a forum where they can be used much earlier in the process. This will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our teams and minimise reworking. By understanding the challenges the contractors face on schemes and identifying where unnecessary time or costs are incurred, we can take steps early in the design process to address and resolve these points.
What drives you personally?
I am a ‘fixer’ at heart, I really enjoy problem solving and using the strength of a good team to find the best solution for all parties. It is the projects that are successful for all parties that provide the best results and that I enjoy the most.
What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
Buy shares in Apple!
Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?
I am a bit of an adrenalin junkie. I’ve done over 10 parachute jumps, abseiling, bungee jumping and super car racing, amongst other things. Next on my list is paragliding.
- MCIOB, Member Chartered Institute of Building