The Business:In 1991, Chief Executive of Beaumont Care Homes, Nick Sanderson, founded Audley Retirement Villages to develop his concept of private luxury retirement homes with care services in partnership with the care sector.
Audley are now operating from seven villages and are under construction on three further sites and the company will continue to grow substantially over the next five to ten years. At the heart of their business lies a commitment to achieving exceptional standards in design and delivery.
The Challenge:In line with their expansion, Audley needed a new Project Manager to be responsible for managing the construction, fit-out and budgetary control of a number of projects.
They would also have to co-ordinate and manage the work of the professional design team and be expected to make a contribution to value engineering the design, without compromising the overall quality of the finished product.
Audley required a well-rounded strong communicator who could fit in to a business critical team consisting of their Internal Development Team, Land Director, Planning & Architectural Advisor and two fellow existing Project Managers.
Our Candidate:Ultimately, Audley asked us to find somebody with experience in being responsible for the timely delivery of new projects from site evaluation through to project completion.
This responsibility in itself encompassed a number of duties such as liaising with local authorities with planning issues, monitoring and managing fees and appraisals, producing regular progress reports and negotiation of contracts with the Development Director.
So an individual with an expansive skillset was necessary.
Our Solution:In their role at the time, the successful candidate was involved in the whole process of the development from inception to completion, making sure that a culture of high quality was driven for at all times and it was defect free.
They had extensive experience of working on homes and facilities for the retirement market in both their current and previous position.
This individual also came with the additional benefit of having previously worked in the construction industry so was able to use that experience and
knowledge to drive costs down and provide input to the design team on areas that might not work from the build perspective.