What’s your name and position?
Nico Vieira, I’m the Building Services Manager for the Pavilion project at Lendlease.
So what are your main responsibilities in relation to the Pavilion?
I look after the MEP (Mechanical - Electrical - Public Health). On top of this, I’m responsible for the Lifts and Passive Fire Protection package; from the procurement process, through the installation, onto final commissioning and handover.
Where do you enjoy spending time around Stratford – at lunch times or before and after work?
There are a lot of really great running routes close by. I usually go for a run at lunch time in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, or along the canals in the Hackney area. I also attend the Yoga session on Wednesdays at IQL’s The Spark (Behind Pret).
How did you get into the industry? Planned or by accident?
I studied electrical engineering for 5 years in France but I was working in the Manufacturing Sector, for companies like Matra BAE Dynamics and Guerlain. I then moved to London to work as an Au Pair and it was only then I was offered a job in the Construction Industry. That was over 13 years ago now!
What did you do before you started your current role?
My CV is quite diverse: time as an Au Pair, an electrician, and then as a Building Services Manager for ten years before joining Lendlease earlier this year.
Did you study at University? If so, where and what?
After initially studying Electrical Engineering, I went on to study Sociology and Anthropolgy at Université de Tours in France. Once I joined the construction industry I studied Building Services Engineering at South Bank University.
What’s the most exciting aspect of the Pavilion for you?
I have really enjoyed working with the CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) and Glulam (Glued Laminated Timber) structure because it’s a new experience for me. It’s also been nice working with a small team, it means everyone works closely together with good communication.
What’s the best part of your job?
I enjoy looking after the Trade contractor packages, as this task extends throughout the project lifecycle, from procurement, design development, production on site, finance, commissioning and, finally, handover. I also get to deal with a variety of stakeholders, consultants and specialists and work through the technical challenges brought by the construction coordination and MEP package.