Meet the Team Q&A: Vicky Priestley

Meet the Team Q&A: Vicky Priestley

Name: Vicky Priestley

Role: Business Development & Marketing Manager

How did you get into marketing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and am quite a creative person. I excelled in subjects like English, Drama and languages so when I finished college I chose a subject to study at university that I knew would provide opportunity for creativity but would be practical in terms of entering the world of work. I studied Public Relations with Marketing at UCLAN and loved it!

After leaving university I got a temporary job at Hannans as PA to Bill Hannan, which was a real eye opener into the world of business and construction. There was never a dull moment!

I was asked to stay at Hannans to help with Marketing and 17 years later I am still here. My role at Hannans has evolved and grown with the company over the years and this has kept it interesting and challenging.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

In my role I am given quite a lot of freedom and trust. I am involved in other aspects of the management of the organisation and have always been encouraged to pursue my continued professional development – including obtaining my professional diploma and my chartered status. 

It is amazing seeing new developments reach completion and knowing that your company contributed towards its creation. Especially the larger mixed use regeneration schemes we work on, which truly transform underused and neglected areas into brand new communities. It’s a very exciting industry to be a part of.

Marketing is so important to the Building Services Engineering industry because historically engineers are a bit shy when it comes to talking about themselves and the important work they do – they definitely need a little help in that department.

How has the industry changed since you first started your career?

In terms of the marketing industry, obviously the advancement of digital marketing has been huge and is now at the core of most marketing strategies.

I think when I started at Hannans in 2004 many of the ‘old school’ ways of the property & construction industry had already evolved – there weren’t any cigars in the board room and the typing pool was no more! But when I look back now at where we have come as a company since, I can see that things have changed massively– the advancements in IT and BIM, the increase in awareness and priority of ESG issues (in particular in relation to decarbonisation), the rising importance of the Building Physics department, the increasing sophistication of financial reporting, Manchester City Centre itself…..

Another important change is that it has definitely become clearer to clients that Building Services Engineering is a crucial aspect of effective building design and the M&E consultant needs to be appointed during the very early stages of the project. Especially with the increasing urgency surrounding climate change and net zero carbon.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is the highly social nature of our industry – I guess one of the things we are all missing during COVID.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I live on the outskirts of the city centre so I’m lucky to have plenty of theatre, live music, great bars and restaurants just a short walk away  – one thing I’m missing at the moment. I am a massive foodie and love eating out and cooking at home.

I think like a lot of people during lockdown, exercise has helped massively with maintaining my mental health. I have been enjoying a lot of walking & yoga and have even started running – something I never thought I would see !

If you had a career change what else would you like to do?

Well, I think it would be pretty cool to be a landscape architect or maybe have a little tea room & florist laughing

 

Vicky Priestley

Vicky Priestley

Business Development & Marketing Manager

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Meet the Team Q&A: Juan Carlos

Meet the Team Q&A: Juan Carlos

Name: Juan Carlos

Role: BIM Manager

How did you become a BIM Manager?

When I was a kid, I had always been interested in building services, at school, I was accepted in the computing program and I have been developing my skills since then. During the past 10 years after I came to this country, I was trained as a CAD technician which lead me to Building Modelling World.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Being part of the process of creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle is very interesting. Converting data into a built asset makes me proud. Also, working for a company whose products improve the lives of thousands and seeing the result of that and knowing that I played a part in the process is very rewarding for me.

Out of all the projects you’ve been involved with have you got a favourite and why?

I have worked on many important projects throughout my career and all projects have been a very exciting test to accomplish. But I especially enjoyed working on Vision Tameside, this project challenged my capability as a BIM technician and pushed me to the next level. It has significant importance for me due to its complexity.

How has the industry changed since you first started your career?

BIM has gradually grown from its origins in BM (Building Modelling) into BI (Building Information) with various combinations of model and data in between. A Building Information model can be viewed as a collection of information in the context of project information. Building Services Industry is now entering the phase where BIM is valued as a whole for the information it can contribute beyond design and construction, and there are clear use scenarios were BIM is a key part of the process.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Becoming a father has been a big step in my life and my kids make me happy. That is why I enjoy spending time with my them and my wife at the beach or the countryside. Sports and activities like football, swimming and cycling allow me to enjoy my free time with my family.

If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be?

I always liked sports in school, but I wasn’t good enough. I would probably be a mechanical engineer, this degree would help me to take my career to the next step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountpark Warrington Omega II Progressing on Site

Mountpark Warrington Omega II Progressing on Site

Mountpark Warrington Omega phase II is the latest development at Omega South distribution park.

This state-of-the-art logistics development funded by Mountpark Logistics comprises three units of 307,807 sq ft, 225,312 sq ft and 203,180 sq ft.

Each unit will include a rooftop solar PV array and battery storage that will meet about 50 per cent of the facility’s incoming supply capacity.

Hannans are providing MEP design and monitoring services, infrastructure services consultancy and BREEAM assessment.

We are pleased to join Chetwood Architects, Doig & Smith, WSP and Projex Solutions on the project design team, and the principal contractor McLaren Construction.

The scheme is under construction and the first two units are due to be complete by January 2021.

The Hannan industrial & logistics team have been involved with the development of Omega Business Park since 2012; providing Building Services & Utility Infrastructure consultancy to Omega Warrington Ltd and several of the tenants across both the North and South sites.

Hannan Associates are experts in Building Services Engineering and Infrastructure solutions for the industrial sector and In total we have helped our clients with the development of over 3.0 million square feet of industrial and logistics space. Please click here to see our brochure:

If you would like to talk to us about a future project please get in touch.

John Walker

John Walker

Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Hello, from our homes to yours!

Hello, from our homes to yours!

How is everyone doing six weeks into lock-down?

Team Hannan have settled into working from home and everyone is doing a brilliant job of maintaining ‘business as usual.’ With a little help from the miracle of modern technology we remain apart yet connected. 

We are increasingly thankful to all the key workers, selflessly risking their safety to continue to provide essential services for us during this time and we feel very proud of how UK communities & businesses have come together to support each other and help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are thankful for our strong client base and the interesting projects that are keeping us busy and we are each making the most of the additional free time we do have to reflect and take stock; learn new skills & hobbies; exercise; bake; read and catch up with friends and family.

Although maintaining a positive outlook towards the unknown territory that still faces us, we very much look forward to things gradually returning to something even vaguely resembling the ‘old normal’ and seeing people in the flesh again soon!

We think that it’s important to maintain contact with one another now more than ever, so if you fancy a virtual coffee and catch up or perhaps have a query about a project please get in touch…….

Stay safe everyone!   

Vicky Priestley

Vicky Priestley

Business Development & Marketing Manager

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44(0)161 337 2200

Islington Wharf Locks Now Complete

Islington Wharf Locks Now Complete

Waterside Places started building homes in New Islington, Ancoats over a decade ago and in that time the area has seen much growth.  Ancoats is now one of the most desirable neighbourhoods to live in Manchester City Centre and has seen the addition of a school, new bars, restaurants, retail and office space – and there is much more to come over the next 10 years.

Islington Wharf Locks is the latest residential development delivered by Waterside Places, urban waterfront regeneration specialists jointly owned by the Canal & River Trust and Muse Developments.

This exciting new development, which has now nearly sold out, incorporates 103 new homes including one and two bedroom luxury apartments and three and four bedroom town houses set around a central courtyard next to the Ashton Canal basin.

The Hannan residential team provided MEP Performance Design Duties together with On Site Installation Quality Monitoring and Testing and Commissioning Witnessing Duties.

We are very pleased to have been a part of the team working on this exciting project alongside Ryder Architecture, RPS, BWB Consulting and main contractor Eric Wright Construction.

Steve Meager, Hannan Associates

Hannan project contact: Steven Meager – [email protected]