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Blog: Featured finalist - Alex Heath - Willmott Dixon

11 May 2018

G4C Future Leader

Position held: Construction Manager


Alex’s approach to management ensured that his first project as Construction Manager, a £17m secondary school, was delivered on time, snag and defect free to the client and to the end user. Due to a delay in the project early on due to poor weather, it became clear to Alex that a collaborative approach was required to get the project back on schedule. He facilitated a planning session with key supply chain members and the client, ensuring closer working relationships, enabling problems to be discussed and resolved but also allowing a better understanding of client requirements.

Alex took a more personal approach to communicate with the team; limiting the use of emails, instead using face to face meetings and 1 to 1s to interact, allowing him to build stronger relationships with the whole team and to motivate and engage more effectively with them. An open plan site office was also set up to facilitate collaboration with supply chain partners, visitors and often the client using the space to work in, creating a positive working environment and ensure closer working relationships. With this open and honest approach, Alex has created a change in culture and attitude ensuring successful project delivery.

The winner of the G4C Future Leader award will be announced at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards on the 28th June at the Royal Lancaster London. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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