Double win for AC Mauger
AC Mauger walked away from Saturday’s Jersey Construction Awards with two of the night’s most coveted awards – Project of the Year Over £1 million for the new Airport Control Tower and Industry Achiever of the Year for Contracts Manager Tim Marsh who led the project.
The Managing Director of AC Mauger Joe Kent said that the accolades were a fantastic boost to the company. ‘I am delighted for Tim both as an individual and as the leader of the team on the Airport Control Tower. This was a unique and challenging project and everyone at AC Mauger is really pleased that the project and its Contracts Manager have been recognised as deserving winners by the Jersey Construction Council,’ said Mr Kent.
AC Mauger were also the main contractor on The Cedars refurbishment which won the Sustainability Award for Morris Architects. The Cedars project was recognised for the effort made to ensure that the environmental impact of the refurbishment was minimal from start to finish.
In relation to both awards the judges were impressed by the progress of the team given the scale of the project and the new techniques which were involved in the build. Mr Marsh was also applauded for his leadership skills and his commitment to his career progression.
‘I am overwhelmed to have won this award, especially given the standard of the competition in the category. I have always made it clear that I don’t want to stand still and have set high targets for myself.
‘Working on the Airport Control Tower was an amazing opportunity for me and one I thoroughly enjoyed. We learned new and complex techniques which the team then had to implement in one of the most sensitive sites any of us had worked on. We had to be constantly aware that our work must never have an impact on the daily operations of the Airport, which was live throughout the project,’ said Mr Marsh.
The finished structure is a 13-storey tower, standing at an impressive 39 metres high. It also comprises a two storey main operations building with a connecting two-storey link bridge. The project was completed without major glitches and within the time and budget allocated.
AC Mauger began work to construct a new Airport Control Tower near the eastern side of the terminal in October 2008. The current tower, which is soon to go out of service, has now reached the end of its useful life and, as well as being uneconomical to repair, under modern civil aviation regulations it is too close to the runway.
Mr Marsh said that the key to the success of the project was the quality of the team working on the project.
‘We had a good team, from the site manager and QS right through to the design team and Client, and it shows. We had our disagreements but that is one of the strengths of a good team and together we have constructed a completely bespoke building within budget and a day early,’ said Mr Marsh.
‘Time was always an issue. When we started, we knew that in the last eight weeks the Airport contractors would be coming in to fit out the control tower and that the job would have to be completely finished and handed over. Throughout the project we had to make sure that certain areas would be finished at certain times to allow the next stages of build to take place, which involved constant monitoring and adjustment of the master programme,’ said Mr Marsh.
Throughout the project Mr Marsh also became the first port of call for the Island’s media and coped well with the high profile nature of the £6 million capital project, a situation he had not found himself in before. ‘It was the challenges of the job that made it enjoyable. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on this project and I am really glad that it came my way,’ he said.
For AC Mauger and her sister companies, Style Windows and Style Shopfitting, winning the contracts to construct and fit-out the tower was a great privilege and brought with it new and exciting challenges. The Chief Executive of the Style Group of Companies Andy Fleet said that the project had been a good example of the way the group’s companies were able to work together efficiently for the benefit of the client.
‘Essentially, our clients have access to a great number of skills and construction disciplines under one roof. The fact that our companies are linked means that they get an integrated service,’ said Mr Fleet.
Mr Marsh’s next career goal is to achieve full membership of the Chartered Institute of Building and he has also taken on the role of managing health and safety within AC Mauger and has completed a number of specialist courses. He advises the company on health and safety requirements and ensures that the company is well versed in any improvements needed.