Here at Phoenix Brickwork/Drywall/Scaffold, we are proud of every member of our team. Whether they're in the office or on-site, everyone works tirelessly to ensure that the overall stability and success of Phoenix is always at the highest level.
Last week, BMH Commercial Director Sam McSpadden told us about the growth he has seen in the company since joining the #teamphoenix family.
Up next is Drywall Contracts Manager Dean Hewitt.
How long have you been at Phoenix for, and how have you progressed in your time here?
I started at Phoenix in August 2019 as Drywall Contracts Manager, having met with Christian, his vision and enthusiasm for the Drywall side of Phoenix was refreshing to hear and has been actioned with continued growth since then. This has also presented our Procurement and H&S Teams with new challenges which have been overcome. With Dave Newbould heading up the division we have added experienced Site Managers and now look to build and repeat business with our client’s.
What was your background in the industry before Phoenix?
I have been in building since leaving school in 1980, funnily enough it was my Dad’s idea not mine! I have worked for both main contractors and drywall & joinery sub-contractors over the last 40 years.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My family, gardening and our dog keep me busy, but I also like Golf, Cricket watching all sports (particularly Leeds United). In my spare time I also enjoy DIY projects and recently built a home gym (for my Wife obviously).
What's the best project you've been part of?
I worked on the Lowry Centre in Manchester for Horbury Building Systems, this was the first development on the Salford Keys which has now been massively developed to include Media City which houses BBC Studios, Coronation Street studios, Shopping Centres etc. The Lowry Centre still hosts many TV shows and Productions, and my family are sick of hearing me say ‘I worked on that building’.
Do you have any funny stories on-site that you'd like to share?
As the Centre Parks in Penrith was nearing its completion the security guards decided to search all cars and vans leaving the site. This was done from the Main Road half a mile out and through the forest. The queue of vehicles started to panic as the rumours spread and people began launching the ‘borrowed’ lodge items from their vehicles, microwaves, ironing boards, kettles and toasters were all thrown over the barriers into the forest which was hilarious to watch. I have never found out how my site manger got the jacuzzi bath back to Scarborough.
What would you say to those looking to get into the industry?
Great industry to be involved in and very rewarding when jobs have been completed. I have seen massive changes in attitudes to Equality, Safety and Construction Methods over the years.
And finally, what does being part of #teamPhoenix mean to you?
Great company to be working for with an approachable Managing Director and Management Team willing to listen to new ideas and an open-door policy to enhance the #teamPhoenix ethic.