What is it that you do at Xylotek?
I am the install supervisor. Half of my job is based on-site, supervising builds and installations. The other half is preparing for future builds. This involves creating installation plans, writing method statements and ensuring that the installation of a project runs smoothly.
What about your job do you like best?
I like the variety - we work on unique projects which present unique challenges. I enjoy working with timber and working with great colleagues. I also like learning about the different building techniques we use – for example, a CLT building is vastly different to a glulam structure.
What is 1 interesting thing you have learned recently?
Learning to weave a basket from willow. Also how to animate build sequences in 3d models – definitely something I’m excited to understand more about.
Describe Xylotek in 3 words.
Design, fabricate, install. There are so many benefits to having a wide range of expertise in-house. I find there’s a cross-pollination of disciplines between the teams which allows a unique collaboration environment.
What skills from your professional background do you use most at Xylotek?
I use my design computer skills the most to develop the install plans. From my background at architecture practices, I also use my knowledge of design details and materials.
What is something people don't know about you?
I grew a pineapple and it made the news! About 20 years ago I planted the top of a pineapple and it grew – it was in my local newspaper.
Which has been your favourite project to work on so far and why?
I’m enjoying creating the install plan for a mass CLT build in Bristol. I feel it’s going well and I am enjoying tackling the challenges it presents. I also find that in the meetings no conversations are wasted.
What's the most unusual aspect of working at Xylotek?
At Xylotek you can have people from multiple disciplinary backgrounds working on the same team. The variety of knowledge boosts the working environment. Also remote working is standard at Xylotek, there aren’t any issues with remote or hybrid working because it has always been the done thing here.