Lee Le Viellez

Site Manager
It’s a lot different, as instead of working day to day you are working hour to hour to get things done.

What is your normal job title and role?
Site Manager on the Ann Court Regeneration project for Andium Homes.

What is your role on the Nightingale Hospital for J3?
It’s a similar role, still doing site management, but specifically managing all of the setting out on the outside of the new building.

What is your typical working day like at the moment?
A lot more hectic than usual! Organising the teams in the morning to make sure everyone knows what’s happening that day. It’s a lot different, as instead of working day-to-day, we are all working hour-to-hour to get things done. It’s much faster paced, but it still needs to be managed, organised and it needs to be safe.

How has life changed for you over the past couple of weeks?
I’ve been working much longer hours, but it’s been enjoyable because I’m able to be outside during lockdown, getting a bit of fresh air, and the weather and the team have been brilliant.

Is there anything that you have learnt or seen from this experience that you think will change the way you do things in the future?
The speed of decision making here has been quite amazing. I know that most projects don’t demand that degree of urgency, but you can mull things over for too long and end up wasting time. I see time as a major resource now and I will definitely work in a more decisive way in future.

What has been the most impressive aspect of the Nightingale Hospital project?
It’s the way the workforce has come together. There are different companies doing the same tasks and I thought there may be a bit of conflict, but everyone is working together. There’s been no pointing of fingers if there is a mistake. Everyone chips in to put things right and has the same ‘can do’ attitude and positive mindset.

Do you think it will change the islands industry works together in the future?
Yes, certainly on bigger projects it shows that everyone can work together, and we have got the labour force if required.

What aspect of life on Jersey are you missing the most in lockdown?
A bit of freedom, going out. Seeing my friends, making the most of the summer days like I usually do. Right now, it feels like there’s a lot more to plan to ensure we can get the most out of the two hours we are allowed to go out for exercise and grocery shopping.

If you has a personal exemption from lockdown for one day, what would you like to do and who would you do it with?
A nice cycle pub crawl with a couple of mates. Just don’t tell my girlfriend I chose my mates ahead of her!

When this is all over what is the first restaurant, bar or café that you are going to visit?
Maybe the Royal Yacht.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?
I think everyone is doing an incredible job here and it is great to see. It is so uplifting to be doing something positive to support the island.