What is your normal job title or role at J3?
I am a Project Manager and I have been particularly focusing on pre-construction works over the last 2½ years.
What is your role for J3 on Jersey Nightingale Hospital?
I’m working as the Mechanical and Electrical Project Manager, making sure the design and the installation of the all of the pipes and wires and systems is in accordance with the client’s requirements.
What does your typical day look like at the moment?
My typical working day is unbelievable and every day is different. It starts around 6:30am and finishes around 9:30pm. It’s non-stop, constantly answering questions, attending meetings and trying to decipher information. My main focus is to make sure the workforce out on site have all the information they need to be able to build the project efficiently and safely.
So that must mean that you are dealing with a very wide range of people Gary?
It is incredible, the diversity is unbelievable. And it goes from one extreme to another. One minute you might be dealing with a nurse or a doctor or an infection controller and the next a fire officer or the building control officer. I am also dealing with different suppliers on the island, from the UK and all over Europe. It has been brilliant working with such a mixture of people.
We have got seven or eight different engineering companies working together. Companies who normally would be competitors are working together, side by side and the teamwork is unbelievable.
How has life changed for you over the last few weeks?
It has gone a bit crazy to be honest, I basically come to work, work non-stop all day, go home and within half an hour I’m in bed. So, I don’t actually have a life other than work, which actually is quite enjoyable because the cause is so fantastic! Everybody is doing the same thing, all just working hard to achieve the same goal.
Have you learnt anything so far from this experience that you can see that is either going to change the way you work in future?
I have learnt lots of things. Sourcing labour and materials in Jersey is really tricky now, and it’s likely to be that way for some time. However, this experience has also shown me just how good our local labour force is. People are very skilled, helpful and they have been willing to work under very trying conditions. Everyone has had a sense of community and purpose through this. Our industry isn’t always portrayed in the best light, but Jersey should be very proud of what every individual has contributed and delivered.
What’s the most impressive aspect of the Nightingale Hospital for you?
I think it is just amazing that within two weeks we have got a building in place and half of it fitted out. I think the way the team has worked together without any egos has been fantastic. Everybody has just done the job that they need to do to get the project over the line. The camaraderie and the way in which people have approached it has been outstanding. The close working relationship with the government team and the hospital team has been seamless.
If you were allowed to do anything on Jersey for one day with one person what would it be and what who would you do it with?
I’m missing walking with my mate Chris, so it would be lovely to go to St. Aubin with him and have a pint of beer, sitting outside the boathouse in the sun for an hour.
Which restaurant, bar or café will be the first on your list after lockdown?
That’s quite easy, Troubadour will be the first place we go. Its great sitting outside on a Friday evening, having a nice glass of Liberation Ale and just watching the sun go down.
Is there anything else that you would like to share from this experience?
I think it’s not until things like this happen that you realise that when people apply themselves the impossible becomes possible. I think it is a great testament to all the team who have been working on this job.