I moved companies to Turner and Townsend in September 2015. Turner & Townsend is an independent professional services company specialising in programme management, project management, cost management and consulting across the property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. With 90 offices in 38 countries, Turner & Townsend have extensive global and industry experience to manage risk while maximising value and performance during the construction of major projects.
September 2015 - July 2016
Project Title: Heathrow Airport
Role: Project Manager
Company: Turner & Townsend
I was very pleased to have been placed at one of Turner & Townsends largest commissions in the UK, Heathrow Airport. The company are Heathrow's sole commercial and cost management consultant on the airports construction programme. I was seconded into the client team as a delivery Project Manager for airside/landside works.
This was an exciting move for me as I progress through my career. With the airside landside works being predominantly civil engineering based, my experience in engineering and construction delivery helped to support and drive Heathrows vast construction and development programme.
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Working on the airfield
One of the aspects I enjoy most about being a Project Manager, is the opportunity to gain experience in fields which you previously had never imagined. At Heathrow I have gained valuable experience learning how the airport operates and how to manage works so as not to impact upon the operations on the live airfield.
With an aircraft taking off every 45 seconds and the airport operating at a 99% capacity, it is crucial as a Project Manager to understand the operations and how projects must be managed in this safety critical environment.
As a Project Manager at Heathrow, my main responsibilities in the airside / landside team were as follows;
Management of works airside in a live environment and planning safe works at critical airfield interfaces.
Development of a robust and realistic project schedule and cost estimates.
Monthly Client progress and cost reporting.
Maintaining risk register and chairing weekly risk reduction meetings.
Managing change control in line with NEC3 contract.
Reporting to client on expenditure against project budget.
Management of key stakeholder relationships to ensure delivery of the project without impacting the operation of the airport