Creating a design team that is built to last

November 14th, 2016 Posted in: Lakesmere


It was during my time as an architectural technician that I first became interested in façade design.  That was over twenty years ago and the journey from apprentice to designer then contracts manager and façade consultant has been more valuable than I could have imagined. Every day, working in my current role as design director, I see the vital contributions that other individuals’ skills and experiences bring to help create our design team. Our design department not only works well together, it also works as a vital link in the chain that delivers the projects we are proud to be part of.

So what makes our façade design team stand out from the crowd?

We like structure – with a clear structure in place, our design-led approach to business allows us to provide the appropriate expertise throughout the delivery of a project. This means we work with each department at every stage of the project. The relevant members of our 70+ strong team, comprising technical managers, structural engineers, façade engineers, thermal engineers and system designers, all provide their input as part of the design process.

We value diversity – we maximise the skills and diverse expertise of our team to push ourselves to be better. We recruit internationally to find the very best personnel, we are multi-cultural, we have delivered projects both here in the UK and overseas and we have varied industry experience.  This makes for a rich work environment in which people can share knowledge, challenge ideas and motivate each other to learn every day.

We never stop training – the importance of our people can’t be underestimated so it follows that the training and development of our team is a major priority. Our graduate and apprenticeship schemes also play an important role in attracting, nurturing and retaining the next generation of façade designers.  As well as formal training, regular workshops and mentoring schemes can be extremely effective at tapping into the pool of knowledge already available within the team.

We need integration – a truly successful team is more than the sum of its parts and the ability to work well with the rest of the project team is vital.  The rise of BIM is changing the way that specialists integrate with clients and other members of the supply chain. When it comes to the complex design and delivery of façade design, becoming proficient with the latest technologies and software is essential.

We are problem-solvers – façade design, like the many technologies that facilitate it, is constantly evolving. As architects continue to push the boundaries, a successful design team is one that doesn’t just keep up but is often two steps ahead.  Every project delivered helps to redefine the notion of the impossible and a successful design team is one that can visualise and then help realise the architectural intent.

Battersea Reach Drawing

I believe that McMullen Facades’ design and engineering departments have grown to be among the best in Europe and I’m proud to have played a part in that journey. Our attention to detail, problem solving and technical know-how when developing innovative and bespoke design solutions to complex technical issues are qualities that define us, but it’s our people that keep us at the top.

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