Richard Kalvis

Interior Fit Out Manager
It is like a big community project. People have come together from different companies, different cultures and basically got on with it and got the things that needed doing done.

What is your usual job title?

Project Manager

What project would you have you been working on?

I am in between two at the moment – St Mary’s School and Bath Street Redevelopment.

What is your present role on the Nightingale Hospital?

I’m one of two project managers on the Nightingale site. Initially it was crazy busy, so we were both on site at the same time but then as we’ve got further into the project we’ve split the project management into an early shift and a late shift.

What is your typical working day like at the moment?

At the moment it is still busy, very busy, with lots of tasks to do to complete. But it’s manageable.

How has life changed for you over the last couple of weeks?

Well, obviously the hours that we are doing on the project are quite intense, and there are lots of changes to deal with on a daily basis. But the biggest change for me is the way the Island’s subcontractors and trades companies are working together. Everyone is willing to co-operate with other contractors which hasn’t really happened before in Jersey.

Have you learnt anything or seen something new from this experience that you think you might carry on doing or using in the future?

Seeing that the supply chain in Jersey can collaborate and support each other has got me thinking. We’ve got to capture this new spirit and use it to protect and maintain our industry in the difficult times ahead.

What is the most impressive aspect of the Nightingale Hospital for you?

The sheer size and scale of it and the amount of work that we have managed to drive through in that short period of time is impressive. How well everybody has got on without any bickering was a surprise to me. It is like a big community project. People have come together from different companies, different cultures and basically got on with it and got the things that needed doing done.

What aspect of life are you missing the most at the moment in lockdown?

General socialising, seeing friends just catching up. Also going to the gym, but I have turned my gym time into an opportunity to go running or cycling outdoors instead.

If you were allowed to break lockdown for a day on Jersey what would you do and who would you do it with?

I would definitely throw a BBQ with my friends to catch up.

What is the first restaurant, bar or café that you will visit when they all reopen?

Probably Samphire with the wife, it’s one of our favourites.