Meet our Project Manager Expert – Terry Edwards

October 5, 2018

What job are you currently working on and what is the status?
I am currently working on the BMW and Mini Redevelopment project in Rushcutters Bay. The project is progressing well with the BMW building structure now topped out and removal of the formwork is almost complete. Façade glazing has been installed to the Level 1 Handover area and glazing commenced to the Level 3 New Car Showroom.

The Mini Building façade is well progressed with artwork panel installation to commence soon and service rough-in is now complete. Polishing of the concrete floors is in progress and level 3 of the carpark has been poured with 3 more to go to complete the structure.

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BMW’s vision is to create a ‘destination of choice’ for their customers – in your opinion, what makes this state of the art facility unique?
The sheer scale of the facility is amazingly unique when compared to other dealerships and is the one thing that is constantly remarked on by visitors, even those whom have been involved in the project.

What is the best part of your job as a Project Manager?
No day is the same. The nuts and bolts (hard skills) of the job are important, but relatively easy once you’ve got the experience. These are put together in a plan, but very few projects go perfectly according to plan. It’s the soft skills of being flexible and finding solutions to problems and balancing competing constraints and working with the various personalities which gets jobs done. This is the part of my job I enjoy the most.

How do you motivate and manage your team on site?
I try to instil the fact that each milestone is a success and this needs to be recognised and celebrated – it is important to reflect on how far we’ve progressed, especially on the difficult days when things aren’t quite going to plan. It is a combination of these successes that get’s the job done.

What is one piece of advice that someone has given you throughout your career that has stuck with you?
My late mother-in-law gave me this life lesson which I feel aptly applies to construction: “When in doubt, do something! Nine times out of ten, you’ll make the right decision”

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