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Freelance Design Manager London, Greater London, UK

Trade background, followed by 5 years in Site Management working on certain prestigious projects in Central London and involved in the co-ordination of complex Construction Design Packages. 9 further years experience as Design Co-ordinator with 2 Main Contractors, gaining expertise in high rise residential projects (private & affordable). Also experienced in Education, Commercial & Healthcare.

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Hourly Rate / Cost:£35.29 per hour (ex. VAT)
Daily Rate / Cost:£282.35 per day (ex. VAT)
Available From:Now
Candidate ID:322403

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CV (Curriculum Vitae) / Résumé

Commenced career in construction at site level as self employed bricklayer which provided me with a firm foundation and valuable working knowledge of the industry. Undertook HND & HNC courses in Building Studies and, in conjuction, gained full time employment with a Major Contractor, working as a Site/Package Manager on a number of large, prestigious projects in Central London.

Following 5 years experience on Commercial/ Historic/ Healthcare/ Student Accommodation/ Retail/ Private Residential Projects, I continued my education with a part time Honors Degree course in Construction Management. Following successful completion of my degree, moved employer and soon established myself as a Design Co-ordinator, reaching Senior level some two years ago, and working primarily on Affordable Housing/Shared Ownership Residential Projects (high rise included).

Have gained a good working knowledge of the entire Design & Build Process and have the rare benefit of being involved initially at site level, where the design, buildability and management of interfaces is crucial. Am able to plan ahead as well as think on my feet and, whilst many never seem to account for the unexpected, I regard myself as having a gift for foreseeing potential problems and engineering these out of the design. Where those unpredicted issues (e.g. human and manufacturing errors etc.) do crop up, I have the added bonus of being able to think outside the box and invariably resolving any problems which do surface very effectively.

I pride myself in being able to closely manage and monitor the appointed Design Team throughout the entire design stage and ensure that a complete design package to cover all disciplines is delivered to the Site Production Team at the stage shown on the agreed programme. I take particular care to ensure that the design fully responds to the Employers Requirements and am able to communicate effectively with the Client's team to ensure that this compliance is achieved.

I take particular care to ensure that I would be happy to build from the issued drawings/schedules etc myself and I apply the same hands on approach with any Specialist Consultants, Specialist Sub-contractors (CDP), and Suppliers to ensure that all information is closely co-ordinated and that any critical interfaces are accounted for.

I have a proven ability to engage effectively with Local Authority Planning Departments, Building Control, Secured By Design (ALO's), negotiating and dealing with any clashes of interests and resultant changes which may be necessary.

I see myself as having established a good understanding of Health & Safety issues and the client and contractor's obligations under CDM Regulations. I ensure that the design responds to these H&S issues and am conscious to make sure that each consultant is aware of their own obligations also.

Furthermore, I have regularly been tasked with delivering projects in compliance with Renewable Energy requirements, where either dictated by Planning Conditions or, when required in conjunction with BREEAM, EcoHomes or Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments. I am therefore comfortable in ensuring that the projects with which I am involved meet all requirements by implementing monitoring procedures at an early stage and ensuring the commercial team are closely involved at all times.

In summary, I regard myself as having a very good all round knowledge of the Construction Industry and can converse effectively with people at all levels. I am a good team player and can quickly adapt and integrate myself into any given project. I have seen at first hand how things are assembled on site and thus have clear understanding of the various interfaces and work stages and, more importantly, how important design detailing can be. Should my services be of interest, you can rest assured that you will benefit from my own growth within the industry, my knowledge of the design and build process and my close attention to all aspects of the design process.

Employment History

(Mar 2005 to Jun 2009)

Senior Design Co-ordinator


(Oct 2002 to Feb 2005)

Design Co-ordinator

Leatherhead, Surrey

(May 2001 to Sep 2002)

Site Manager

Wates Construction - South East Division, Norbury, London

(Jun 1996 to Apr 2001)

Site/Package Manager

John Mowlem & Company - Major Works, Isleworth, Middlesex


(Sep 1998 to Jun 2001)

Oxford Brookes University

BSC Honours in Construction Management

(Sep 1996 to Jul 1998)

Reading College of Technology

HNC (BTEC) Building Studies

(Sep 1994 to Jul 1995)

Reading College of Technology

ONC (BTEC) Building Studies

(Sep 1982 to )

Reading College of Technology

City & Guilds - Brickwork 1982-1984

Assignment History

(This Candidate has recently been shortlisted or contracted for the following people4 assignment)

  • Senior Project Manager - High-spec Permanent: Senior Project Manager We are looking for an experienced Senior Project Manager with extensive high spec. commercial Design and Build fit out experience to work within this successful interiors specialist. With an enviable reputation for quality and delivering complex projects on time and to schedule this company win a majority of their work from repeat business.

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