After we heard the good news about Baxall Construction being awarded the Considerate Constructors Certificate of Excellence for their work on the Discovery Centre, we had a chat with Contracts Manager Alan Leigh
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m happily married to Michelle, and we have two sons. I enjoy the countryside, good food, wine and company. I’m a keen amateur photographer and enjoy kayaking when the sea conditions are favourable. I’ve worked in the construction industry for over 30 years and enjoy my work. I also like passing on my knowledge to people who are thinking about this industry as a career.
What was your route to your current role with Baxall?
I left school at 16 and went to a construction college in Norfolk to learn my trade. After graduating, I worked as a foreman on many civil and structural projects around the country. This progressed to site, project and contract management on civil engineering, rail, and building projects, including bridges, schools and some challenging heritage projects in environmental and ecological sensitive areas, such as Fort Victoria on the Isle of Wight. I've become Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB), a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a Member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE, C.BuildE).
You have an interest in nature and in taking photographs?
I've always enjoyed the countryside and lived on the coast. This gave me a respect for nature at an early age and probably a reason I'm passionate about the environment. It is true I love my photography, and walking the coast with my wife at weekends gives me a chance to explore that. Working on the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre has influenced many of my photos recently.
Did you know Rye Harbour Nature Reserve before Baxall began work on the Discovery Centre?
I had visited on many occasions over the years, but since working on the project I have found myself visiting most weekends to enjoy the nature reserve and the local community, as well as cafés, shops and pubs.
Will you come back when the Discovery Centre is finished?
I've become attached to the nature reserve and local community. I know I will be a frequent visitor for many years and look forward to seeing the visitor centre completed and operational.
Congratulations for being awarded the Certificate of Excellence from the Considerate Constructors Scheme for the Discovery Centre.
Thank you, this was a fantastic achievement and a real team effort for everyone working on the project. We at Baxall pride ourselves in the way we immerse ourselves in our projects, they are personal to us and we enjoy supporting the clients, local residents and businesses. Since we have been at Rye we have made many friends with the locals, as well as promoting and supporting local businesses. We have joined in the fun with two teams entering the first Rye Harbour Ekiden Relay Race, raising £1550. We are supporting the RNLI with the Pebble Painting Project for the new Rye Harbour Mary Stanford Memorial to the 17 brave lifeboatmen who lost their lives in 1928.
We are always looking for ways to join in and support local community events, so if anyone has any ideas or questions please contact me or Matt the site manager at Rye.
Tell us about the Considerate Constructors Scheme, what they're judging you on, what it means and why it's important?
The Considerate Constructors Scheme was founded in 1997 to improve the image of construction and minimise the impact construction projects have on the environment and local community. Baxall register all the sites to the scheme as this allows us to be monitored and scored against a set criteria following a code of conduct. An independent Monitor visits the site and scores us on the following categories: Care about Appearance. Respect the Community. Protect the Environment. Secure Everyone’s Safety. Value their Workforce.
I am proud to say that we achieved a Certificate of Excellence which is a fantastic achievement.
Do you think the CCS has helped changed public perception of builders in general (from the less salubrious days of wolf whistling, for example)?
The CCS was set up to improve the image of construction and, with a code of conduct and independent Monitors, this has had a positive impact on the industry and how it’s seen by the general public. Over the years we have seen a change in attitude of businesses and staff and are now seeing a real pride and respect for the industry.
What are the key values of Baxall?
Baxall have a clear vision and set of values that we follow. These are; Quality, Team Spirit, Proactive, People Focused, Honesty and Integrity, Loyalty, Non Adversarial and Continuous Improvement.
Our motto is “Buildings Built on Teamwork”.
For more information about the Considerate Constructors Scheme, see here.
To contact the Baxall team at Rye Harbour, email Site Manager Matt Fothergill: firstname.lastname@example.org