Meet the team

Shauna Farrell - Construction Manager

Shauna joined us a graduate after studying Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham, and has since worked on projects including the new American Embassy. We spoke to her about her career to date – and what it’s like to work on her current project, the Elizabeth Tower.

Why did you decide to join Sir Robert McAlpine?

During my first year I talked to some of the team about placements at a careers day. That led to a summer placement. In a short seven week period a variety of activities grabbed my interest. After returning to University I was sure I wanted to apply.

What’s involved in your current role?

I oversee construction activities to ensure all of the works are carried out on time, safely and to the appropriate quality. We have a team of four engineers working on the complex heritage refurbishment works, mixed in with modern installs such as a lift and a glazed enclosure.

What’s been your proudest achievement so far?

One of the proudest moments was when the team came together to celebrate to completion of the Elizabeth Tower scaffold. The top third of the scaffold involved some complex co-ordination works with different trades and so reaching the top meant for a well-deserved celebration.

So would you say this is your favourite Sir Robert McAlpine project?

Definitely. Personally I like smaller projects with a close-knit team. It’s really satisfying to have a team so focussed on the group goal. Also, its Big Ben!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

There’s a really good breakfast on offer at the on-site restaurant!

What are your future career ambitions?

I am working towards a Project Manager role in the relatively short term. I’ve been able to cover for my current PM for holiday periods. That’s given me a good idea of what’s involved and allowed me to learn about the client relations side of the project in more depth.

What does it take to succeed here?

I think the biggest quality is being able to work well in a team. Projects are bigger than any one person and there is success when everyone pulls together.

Which three words sum up Sir Robert McAlpine to you?

Challenging but rewarding.

What would you say to anyone thinking of joining us?

Joining us gives you a chance to work on some incredible projects and offers a wide range of different types of job. Whether you’re interested in technology-leading buildings or restoration, there’s a job that fits.

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