Joe Lunardi

Design Manager
There was a lot of very fast decision-making by the Government team and the Healthcare specialists…. we worked almost through the night for 3 consecutive days

What is your job title and role at J3?
I am an architect and Head of Design at J3.

On the Nightingale Hospital project what is your specific role?
Design Manager, arranging and coordinating the Design Team and making sure they produce what the clinical teams want, and the technical information to make sure we can safely build it.

What is a typical working day like at the moment for you?
Frantic, absolutely frantic! I’m at my computer before 7am and I will still be at it past midnight. Before all of the visible activity started there was a lot of very fast decision-making by the Government team and the Healthcare specialists, which meant that together with our excellent designers we worked almost through the night for three consecutive days.

So, it’s fair to say life has changed for you over the past couple of weeks, how has it impacted your normal routines?
It has changed on two counts. Its changed because we have got the restrictions put in place across the world as a result of Covid-19 and it has changed dramatically because of my involvement in the Nightingale Hospital project. Both affect normal everyday life to a great extent.

From what you have been doing in the Nightingale Hospital, have you learnt anything that you think will change the way that you work in the future or that you think you can apply to the business?
Absolutely, one of the designers has introduced us to a new web-based tool that allows us to track activity and actions easily and instantaneously. We log information that needs to be done, we score off who has done it, so we can very quickly keep a live track of where we are up to, and what still needs doing. I’ll definitely be using it in future.

What is the most impressive aspect of the Nightingale Hospital for you?
It’s the scale of it that’s so impressive. And everyone is working for everyone else, it’s such a supportive atmosphere on site. It’s like “come on in – how can I help”, there is a great feeling of collaboration and everyone working together. That’s the biggest thing that you feel when you are there. But there’s constant pressure too: a decision has to be made within half an hour and if you have not got that decision made you have lost precious time. You have got to keep making decisions and move on.

Outside of the Nightingale what aspect of life on Jersey are you missing the most in the current lockdown?
Getting out for a glass of wine in an evening as the sun goes down. Just being able to wander out, up and down the beach and not worry about whether you are two metres or 20 metres apart from anyone.

If you could do anything at all on Jersey for one day what would it be and who would you do it with?
It would have to be me with my wife Gillian and Millie, my big Spinone and we would probably go to L’Etacq and wander along the coastline to Plémont, our favourite beach. Millie loves it and it’s always seaweed-free. We would go to the café at the top of the cliff for lunch, then wander back towards the five mile road to head into town, stopping at Corbière for the sunset on the way.

Which restaurant, bar of café will be the first one your list after lockdown?
The Blue Note. We live in town, so it’s really handy and they have a jazz session upstairs which is good, we go there fairly regularly.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?
I’ve been stuck behind a screen every day for what feels like weeks, so it would be great to have no laptop for a day and get out. Go for a big long walk into Fern valley, over the hill and down into Waterworks valley, onto the beach, stop for a long lunch and then up through Westpark to head home – just to spend a day out.