Richard Gould

As part of our Q&A feature, we caught up with Site Manager, Richard Gould. Rich, as he's known at REDS, has been an integral part of the team since he joined two years ago. We found out what Rich's day-to-day is like at REDS, explored his passion for plant machinery that initially drew him to the field of civil engineering, and learnt about his most memorable project to date.

What initially attracted you to this industry, have you always been in the civils industry?

I have been interested in the industry from a young age, more for the plant side of things, big boy’s toys.

I used to work for Southwest Water performing leak detection, I then went on to work for a demolition company and worked my way up from being on the hand tools to dumpers and then on to the 360 track machines and knocking buildings down. After that, I worked for myself for a couple of years, driving different plants. Then, I moved on to working for an environmental company, performing remediation works for port and harbor pollution response, tanker driving, and many other jobs.

Tell us a bit more about your role at REDS, what is your day-to-day like?

My role as a site manager can be rewarding and busy. I am responsible for the day-to-day running and maintaining the health and safety of the site, as well as focusing on delivering the job on time and managing the client relationship, always aiming to exceed their expectations.

 

What do you enjoy most about your role as a site manager?

I think the best part of my job as a site manager is the problem-solving.

Can you share a memorable project that you’ve worked on at REDS?

The most memorable job has to be the recent job at Heathrow. It was a pleasure being part of it.

Could you share some challenges you’ve faced in your role or on a project and how you overcame them?

I think the job at Heathrow threw up some interesting problems; existing services, ground conditions, and security mixed in with the plane movements.

The main key to overcoming problems within Heathrow was good communication with management, the security teams, and staff to mitigate any conflicts.

How do you spend your time when not working?

When I am not working, I like to clay shoot, ride my motorbike and most of all spend time with my little girl.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in civils?

The key advice I would give is to have a sense of humour, listen to the older chaps on site, and take in as much advice as you can. There is not a great deal of young blood that wants to get into the industry nowadays, but if you start with the basics and work your way up, then you can’t really go wrong. Site work can feel like a second family. Doing some of the jobs we do, you have to look out for each other, as some parts of it can be dangerous. It is also amazing working with such a fantastic Ops team daily.

Date Posted: 02/05/2024

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