I work for FM Conway, the Term Maintenance Contractor for Rochester’s bridges and the lead Contractor for the extensive £8.5 million restoration of the New Bridge, the Service Bridge and the Old Bridge.
I currently work across the Term Maintenance Contract and the Refurbishment Contract, acting as the primary interface between the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project delivery team and FM Conway’s maintenance team. I play an integral role in the quality assurance strategy, providing advice to reinforce the Trust’s quality expectations. My role is to work alongside our Project team to incorporate the maintenance programme into the refurbishment programme, to maximise the use of lane closures and minimise disruption.
I have been working on Rochester’s bridges since 2015 and have a great local knowledge, a detailed understanding of the Trust’s structures and the site and a genuine passion for the bridges and the area.
I have built up a strong working relationship over the last few years with both the Trust and Arcadis, the Bridge Engineer, and I really enjoy our shared goal of making sure the bridges are maintained to the highest standards.
This is important not just because we want the bridges to look nice, but also because it keeps them in good condition: both by enabling us to spot any issues before they become problems, and also to minimise damage from general wear and tear. It’s a little more complicated than this, but to put it simply: the better the condition of the bridges, the longer they will last.
The job can be challenging because the Trust keeps the bridges – which have a lot of traffic – open at all times, so maintaining health and safety standards for those at work and the travelling public is another important task. I do enjoy the challenge though, and it’s great to be part of the history and to work with such a prestigious client.
Outside of work I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.