What is your normal job title and role?
I’m a Quantity Surveyor, which is a bit like a cross between an accountant and a lawyer for the construction industry. I check all the costs on our projects and make sure that everyone gets paid the correct amount on time, and that we’re all working in the way the contract requires.
What are you doing for J3 on the Nightingale Hospital?
I’m doing the same role but in very different circumstances. The speed with which the whole island has had to react here means that we have got very high levels of trust and co-operation to allow everyone to keep going and maintain the pace we need.
What is your typical working day like at the moment?
I am helping a lot with the procuring of the materials, the bulk building materials and the more specialist Mechanical and Electrical elements. I’m also helping to keep track of the labour resource we need here, so checking a lot of invoices off against our time sheet records.
Given the speed of this project how is that different from your normal pace of activity?
Every day, we prepare reports that would normally only be prepared each month. The volume of activity is huge and we need to keep a really close check on it.
How has life changed for you over the last couple of weeks?
I’m working longer hours than usual, but compared to some of the team and workforce on site it doesn’t really feel excessive, especially when you know how important the work is.
Is there anything new here that you will carry on doing when work life gets back to normal?
There’s been a big learning curve of dealing with the scale and pace, and working alongside J3 colleagues with more experience of very large projects has been really helpful. There’s a lot I can transfer across.
What has been the most impressive aspect of the Nightingale project for you?
Watching the roof being lifted up, that was quite momentous, a real landmark moment. The speed it went up, it felt like if you blinked you missed it!
What aspect of life on Jersey are you missing the most in the current lockdown?
Social interaction. Going out for meals and hanging out with friends. We haven’t seen my husband’s mum for about a month now. We’re doing a quiz night on Zoom this evening, so I’m looking forward to that!
If you could go anywhere on Jersey for a day what would you do and who would you do it with?
One of our friends has just recently had a baby so I would love to go and meet their new-born who is just a few weeks old now. She is called Darcie.
Which restaurant, bar or café will be the first on your list to visit after lockdown?
Feast at Gorey, we are getting a couple of takeaways from there, which are great, but it’s not the same.