BW: Workplace Experts

Commercial fit out and refurbishment experts in London and the South East

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Joe Garner is the latest workplace expert to join our contracts manager family and brings over 21 years of experience to the team.

We sat down with Joe to find out a bit more about his past experience and find out how he is finding BW so far…

Quick overview about your background?

My dad was a builder so I have been on sites since I was about 12, it is in my blood. I started off with a law degree but ended up doing a conversion course and taking my RICS exams. I have worked in construction ever since.

What types of projects have you worked on previously?

I worked on a variety of projects over my time, everything from Chiltern Firehouse to £57M apartments in Hyde Park. However, the main focus of my work was sub £1M office fit outs, I did many of these.

What were the main challenges you found when working on sub £1M projects and how did you overcome them? 

Time management is a huge challenge as you are often working on more than one project at any given time. You need to ensure you understand your client’s needs and can provide a high quality service at all times.

Programme management is also a challenge. You need to make sure all your ducks are in a row before you start as you don’t have time for changes. Securing high quality supply chain is key to this. I overcame this challenge by offering repeat work.

Finally, working in occupied buildings is always a challenge. No matter what sized project you are working on.

What would be your advice for minimising disruption when working in occupied buildings?

Communication is key. You need to ensure that all stakeholders are fully aware of what is going on in terms of noisy works, deliveries and general construction.

It is also important that you understand your client’s business needs, important dates and times, key meetings and sensitive areas so you can manage this in terms of programming and the work in sequence.

How does BW differ to your past companies? 

The office is a lot nicer than anywhere I have worked before.

Also the level of support in terms of bids and bid design. Smaller works don’t always have the same level of focus in this area so it is a refreshing change.

Finally, the level of support in terms of training. I have only been here two weeks and I am already signed up to a learning and development course. It is very refreshing to see that level of investment in staff.


If you have any questions, or a project you would like Joe’s advice on, please get in touch: Joe Garner,