Why is great design essential for advanced technical environments?
It’s not often an opportunity comes along that allows you to use the experience and learning you’ve gained during a 35-year career and apply it in new ways as part of a multi-disciplinary team. That’s exactly what my new role as the new Design Lead for BES Milton Keynes has given me.
Just a few weeks into my new role, I’m already part of a collaborative culture unlike any I’ve ever experienced, which has made transitioning from an architectural practice to a specialist in the design and delivery of complex pharma and medical projects much smoother than I’d expected.
After 35 years in the construction sector, the past 20 of them as a designer of pharmaceutical environments in architectural practices, I was intrigued to know what it would be like to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team for a turnkey provider. Obviously, I had come across BES before in my previous role; design and construction of pharmaceutical environments is a specialist field so it’s not surprising that names and faces become familiar.
What my brief interactions with the company hadn’t previously revealed, however, was the level of process and integration that the BES team uses to embed formal and information collaboration at every stage of the project. Coming into that dynamic environment where everyone is so skilled and passionate about what they do is very exciting. Knowing that I can enhance the outcomes of our projects by using my 20 years’ experience of pharmaceutical design to consider how the design delivers for the client on both a concept and detail level is very exciting too.
Since joining BES I have been extremely impressed by the level of knowledge and specialist expertise in the business. One of the most enjoyable elements of my new role has been working closely with technical colleagues in an open and honest team culture, where we’re all working together towards the same goal: the best outcome for the client. It’s a step beyond any collaboration you can possibly have with external delivery partners because everyone is working to common goals and to the same process and plan.
What I bring to the team is a holistic approach to designing the whole project, not just the technical aspects. It’s important to remember that the facilities we design and build are not just advanced environments, they are also workplaces, assets and, usually, part of a wider campus. Consequently, alongside the technical know-how of architectural and building services design, we need to create buildings that are practical and sustainable too.
Above & Beyond
It’s a great time to join the Milton Keynes team at BES with some fantastic projects already in the pipeline and the team set to grow over the coming year.
My role as head of the design team in Milton Keynes will involve working closely with colleagues across the business too. Indeed, thanks to our one-team approach, I’ve spent as much time in Rochdale as I have in Milton Keynes during my first few weeks at BES, working with colleagues on both new and existing projects. As we continue to grow, I’ll be involved in selecting new talent to complement our existing experience but, for now, I’m just enjoying working with colleagues from across the company to deliver above and beyond client expectations.