In this series, we’ll be introducing you to members of our company’s staff. By showing you their typical day, you’ll get an insight into how the internal wheels of i Wall grind and how we work to produce the best service and products possible to deliver on the promises we make to our clients.
In this installment, meet Brian Trueman, Project Manager from our Wiltshire head office. Brian has been with the company for 15 years.
I project manage all our commercial/public fit outs. My day can start very early, most of our fit-out projects are based in London, so setting out at 4-5am to be on site for 7am is not unusual. My mobile phone stays on 24/7, it’s essential to be available/reachable in case of emergencies or site based problems.
So, I’m usually on site by 7am to meet up with my installation teams and liaise with main contractors/clients ensuring all is progressing smoothly and efficiently. A typical site day is made up of site meetings, site set-up and setting out, site surveys, glass measure, general trouble shooting, health and safety administration, toolbox talks, site/material logistics/protocols, deliveries and snag free handovers.
When not on site, I work in our Head Office setting up future projects, order processing, prepping site specific health and safety risk assessments and methods statement, programming of works, design and detailing when needed and general administrative paperwork. I also arrange meetings with architects, main contractors and clients to gain future work.
All of our fit out projects’ timescales vary from a minimum 4 weeks – 6 months + and also run simultaneously so it’s always non-stop. You have to know every single detail of the project and when issues arise, work through them quickly as possible so that work on site doesn’t stop and delay the programme.
I really enjoy being involved in a project from the beginning, when it’s just a concept, especially when a client comes to us with the idea of a new business and we take them through each stage from specification, design and construction to completion. Seeing a project transform from a set of plans to a cool new space, is a really great feeling and sense of achievement.
My personal motto, in life and work, is “Hakuna Matata”, which means “no worries” and I live by this throughout every i Wall project. It ensures that the client is delivered a completed project, having experienced a smooth trouble free project duration, fitted to the highest of standards as i Wall clients have become used to.
It really is all about teamwork and we at i Wall are a great team, our install teams are first class and a great bunch to work with, most having been with us over 15/20 years, our suppliers are top notch and this all adds up to making i Wall standout from the crowd. We always get the project done well.