Today’s interview focuses on James Hope, working as a Senior Project Support Engineer (SPSE) at our client, London Heathrow Airport (LHR).
Where are you currently based?
I’m currently based at London Heathrow.
How long have you been at Heathrow?
I first started working at Heathrow in January 2012 as an ICS Construction Manager for the principle contractor on the Terminal 2A project. The project was in its infancy at the time so it was a great opportunity to climb aboard and be a part of such a prestigious project. It was a brilliant project to be a part of and gave me a great insight into Airport construction. One of the lasting memories from T2A was the people, many of whom are now part of the CCM team. I worked very closely with Mark and his team working with Fujitsu and others that have joined CCM since finishing T2; John Speariett, Gary Collingwood, Mike Parsons and Neil Jackson are now part of the LHR team and Simon Parker joining the Gatwick team a few months ago.
What’s your current role at LHR?
Currently I’m a Senior Project Support Engineer (SPSE) which is very different from my previous role at LHR. Working across the whole of the LHR campus presents new challenges every day. My responsibilities include ensuring safe working practices, estimation of project time scales and materials, programme of works, RAMS, access permits and project delivery (and I buy the teas for my weekly 1 to 1’s with Mark 🙂 ).
What projects are you currently working on?
The most significant project I’m working on is the Kilo Apron Development Project. This is a multi-phased project encompassing large areas of the LHR campus, including multiple terminals and LHR buildings. The primary aim of the project is to decommission large areas of LHR and facilitate the extension of terminal 2a. The works vary significantly from week to week keeping the project and its challenges interesting. The business objective for this programme is to open a new taxiway, safeguard underground terminal space beneath Terminal 2b and deliver 7 new aircraft stands, a total of circa £200m worth of spend for Heathrow.
Heathrow is a fantastic environment to work in. What do you like the most about your role and working with CCM at LHR?
Heathrow is like a small city and as such has many different environments and interfaces which keeps you on your toes. I’ve always enjoyed working at the airport but it’s the people as always that make the difference. The team I work alongside are excellent and there’s a real sense of team spirit with everyone happy to help out when needed. We have a wealth of airport experience and knowledge within our team with a real collaborative approach. In fact one of my first impressions when I started working with CCM just over a year ago, was how much time my colleagues were willing to give to help show me the ropes. We have some fantastic engineers working for CCM that always go that extra mile, without whom we would not be able to deliver the standard of work we produce.
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