Our design teams come to Simon for health, safety and CDM advice; he can answer anyone’s query about construction.
As a project manager, Simon has gained knowledge of a wide variety of sectors and building types.
Do you have an interesting fact nobody knows about you?
I am a leading expert in building all-weather race tracks. I started working for a company that does track surfaces and worked on them all over the world. It’s rare for architects to be involved in those types of things.
When the Olympics were on we did some drawings for the show jumping arena and even though we didn’t deliver it, it’s still great to think we were involved.
What is your favourite project to date?
Dundalk race track in Ireland, before I joined Stride Treglown. I went over there once a fortnight, spent time on site and managed the building of the race track.
The job went really well, the client was delighted and overall it was just a great project with fantastic people.
Who is your biggest career influence?
My old boss. He had an incredible work ethic and elements of that rubbed off on me. Unfortunately, he passed away a few years ago, but having known and worked with him for 20 years, he definitely had a huge influence on me.
What is your favourite building?
Royal Albert Hall. From the outside it’s fantastic and when I go for concerts I tend to spend a lot of my time just looking around admiring it. You can’t imagine anyone building anything like it in this day and age. I also went to a tennis match there some years ago – it was absolutely fantastic.
Best networking event you’ve been to?
I attended a corporate event at the British Museum whilst the Hadrian exhibition was on. They closed down everything to the public, and it was so interesting to have a private showing of all the incredible Roman artefacts.