Ken is Chief Operating Officer for Careys Building & Civil Engineering. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers Ireland and has over 20 year’s industry experience gained in a wide variety of building and civil engineering positions. Ken started his career with Careys in 1995 in London delivering a number of key projects across England and Scotland, including construction of civils infrastructure, distribution centres and retail parks.
Ken joined our Irish operational team in 2001 and has continued to work his way up through the ranks at Careys, progressing in a number of senior operations and management positions.
Most of our senior team are long-standing Careys employees and have worked for the company as far back as the 1990s. We’ve always had a really keen eye on quality. We operate as a main contractor through a mixture of self-delivery and managing our specialist supply chain, so we are really focused on working with contractors that can consistently deliver the quality that we’ve always delivered ourselves.
We have a strong team that have worked for lots of different companies nationally and internationally across the building and civil engineering industries and they’re always commenting on the way that we set our sites up for success and the general investment that we make in trying to get things right. On a personal level I'm always encouraging the team to make sure that our sites are well run and that our supply chain can come to work in a safe manner, work efficiently and leave safely at the end of the day.
One of the main considerations for our clients is the budget. We are acutely aware of this on our developments so the value that we try and bring to clients is that we tender jobs sensibly priced and identify value for the clients in the build and programme. This isn't in terms of dropping standards, but through identifying alternatives to expensive or overly complicated, costly aspects of the work.
On the development side, we’re trying to identify sites that have the potential for high quality sustainable housing. A lot of time goes into assessing sites. We have strong relationships with our consultants and we’re looking at a lot of design and build projects, we work closely with Careys Design Team and local consultants here to provide added value.
I think moving forwards there's going to be an increasing demand for affordable housing, as so many young people are getting priced out of the market. This in turn will require an investment in infrastructure near the major population centres across the country.
A lot of suppliers and partners don’t have BIM capabilities, but we do and we can see that this is going to be a huge advantage for us moving forward as more people start to pick up on it and run with it. As more and more companies have to appoint BIM managers our competitors are going to be left behind, whereas we’ve been doing this for years, we have the support of an in-house capability in the Carey Design Team.
On the N84 Luimnagh Realignment project we had to maintain busy live roads throughout a project which we delivered ahead of programme. The road is one of the most heavily travelled roads in the county and we had several really severe weather events over the course of the project which threatened to cause delays.
Thankfully, we'd put emergency plans in place to control the traffic and prevent delays during the worst of the weather and the client was really very happy with the end result.