Published by Becky Freeman
Posted on 16th November 2020
Today we thought we’d catch up with one our team, Sam Ridgeway. Sam is studying to be Quantity Surveyor and has worked for Lanview for the past 4 years – supplementing his learning with real-world experience. Sam gained a Level 3 BTEC in Construction from Bromley College, and is now studying for a BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveying Degree Apprenticeship. He studies one day a week with London South Bank University, and the rest of his week is spent supplementing his learning with us here at Lanview.
Sam has recently been working on our prestigious ‘Saatchi Yates’ gallery fitout project, where Charles Saatchi himself said the following:
“Sam, we are all so very grateful for your endless efforts to make the gallery perfect. Phoebe, Arthur and I are very aware that without your management skills , patience and perseverance this gallery could never have been finished on time and so immaculately.
You were so kind to look after the fiddly bits over the last couple of days. We are going to miss seeing you here! “
High praise indeed!
We chat to Sam about his involvement in the gallery, as well as future dream projects…
Tell us about the Saatchi Yates gallery project, and Lanview’s role in this…
Lanview were initially asked to tender for the works associated with the gallery back in July, which entailed essentially new wall linings, new office space, floor coverings, and some bespoke joinery items. This grew to include M&E alterations to existing services, new glass balustrades to all open voids on the ground floor prior to a quick turn around from appointment to start on site, where the works only increased further.
What was your role on the project?
I looked after this project from a commercial standpoint, and also project managed on site.
What was the best bit about working on this project?
I think coming out of lockdown everyone in the office was keen to just get stuck into anything work-related! It was in an extremely nice area of London and it was great to be mentally engaged again after such a long time in lockdown. Working for a prestigious client, you know the finish that would have to be achieved, and it was exciting to see the end result.
Most challenging moments?
My background is in quantity surveying. So most definitely the project managing was a challenge, albeit I particularly enjoyed this as essentially I had control over every aspect of the project to ensure that a) as I was involved with the initial tender I knew exactly what was priced and what needed to be undertaken and by whom and b) this allowed for greater financial control over the whole process.
Time scale was also a big challenge. It was always going to be a fairly ambitious programme, and with the project not being scoped initially by an architect/clients agent/ M&E consultant, the changes to the scope that were requested on site, for all the right reasons, were sometimes like taking 1 step forward ad 2 steps back. However, this could be said for nearly all projects anyway so nothing different from the norm really, it was just about making sure that the overall programme was as unaffected as possible.
Favourite bit of the finished project/ favourite bit of the gallery space?
The view when you first walk in the door of the huge jumbo stud wall – it’s a huge internal space and the wall is striking with the artwork hung. I also enjoyed being in the gallery at night before leaving with just the basement lights flooding up through the building and through the glass balustrades. Granted not many people will get to see this, but it was always great at the end of a long shift to take a step back and appreciate how far it had come along from the bare shell we inherited at the start
What would be a dream future project to work on post-Saatchi Yates?
Anything really, I’m glad we don’t do the same thing here at Lanview time and time again. Variation is probably what I enjoy the most. Have always wanted to work on a high-rise building from the ground up so fingers crossed, with the way things are going, that’s not in the too distant future!
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