Monday 21st February 2011 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston Building Managers Barry Gibb and Sean Houghton were interviewed by students on the Construction and Built Environment Diploma to gain a detailed understanding of how the Academy building manages to meet the needs of all the different occupants and users as efficiently, safely and cost-effectively as possible.
Both Mr Gibb and Mr Houghton explained how they work closely with the Principal and Senior Management team to ensure the Academy makes the best use of space, and how it has adapted its interior and exterior over the years. Students were keen to understand how Mr Gibb and his team were able to manage some recent major refurbishments, renovations and extensions within the Academy timetable, and without disruption to their studies.
Recently, Mr Gibb and Mr Houghton have been responsible for overseeing the recent extension to the restaurant, creating seating space for a further 100 diners. This new extension, which measure 114 square metres had to seamlessly blend into the existing area and so had to be designed with the same materials and fixtures as before.
Within the 40-minute interview, students were surprised to learn that Brooke Weston never really closes and is widely used by many local organisations and the wider community. Long before the students arrive in the morning, Mr Gibb’s team are ensuring that facilities such as cleaning, waste disposal, catering and parking are all maintained and meet strict health and safety standards.
Facilities management encompasses a very wide variety of disciplines and skills, and through Mr Gibb and Mr Houghton, the students gained a deeper appreciation of the behind-the-scenes activities that ensure that Brooke Weston is maintained to the highest of standards.