Neil Hardy – Exploring the hearts and minds of the individuals in Team GT3!

Describe a typical GT3 working day in the life of Neil.
Each day is different but typically starts with good coffee and a bit of banter with the team before the day gets going! As my role is split between projects and business there’s plenty of variety. Normal project work includes producing information, emails/calls, site visits which we’re all familiar with and striving to deliver great projects for the practice. Business wise I’m active in various groups including QMS, Technical & BIM and currently helping to implement our best practice guides for leisure facilities so plenty to be getting on with.

What inspired you to follow a career in Architecture?
I don’t mind admitting that I fell in to Architecture (not literally by the way otherwise that would be poor design). I knew I wanted to be in construction in some way and whilst friends stayed on to do A levels I went off to College to study Construction and the Built Environment to give me an insight in to different roles. The natural next move would have been to study at University full time in a chosen specialism but I received an offer for a sponsorship as a Trainee Architectural Technologist working full time and studying day release so decided to give it a go. It was hard work but working on projects whilst studying was hugely beneficial and the rest is history as they say.

How would you describe the culture of GT3?
Refreshing, flexible, collaborative & relaxed. We’re an emerging business filled with good people. Everyone is supportive and willing to help out. Busy days pass quickly with music on in the studio, coffee & biscuits (can solve any problem) through to the odd music quiz round and sometimes a sociable drink after work to wind down.

What trends do you feel are important in Architecture/ Design at the moment?
As we all head back to the office I think the post COVID workplace & environment as we know it will change as we move forward. The pandemic has proved that businesses can still function without the need to be office based, 9-5. How we design and users interact with buildings will inevitably change along the way. Of course we shouldn’t forgot the most important topic of all is the climate crisis and the role we can all play in sustainability by making good choices.

What do you love the most about your job?
The time it takes to design and construct a building is often a lengthy process but it is always very rewarding to see the end result at completion. There are many talented people involved throughout the process who all play their part and deserve credit so good to be part of a team effort.

Tell us your favourite thing to do outside of work…
Spending time with my family! Whether it’s a drive out somewhere, walking, cycling, trampolining or even just popcorn and movie night it’s the best tonic going. Most people who know me are aware I’m a Liverpool fan so enjoy Super Sundays with a roast dinner. We’re also season ticket holders for the Newcastle Falcons so good to get wrapped up on those chilly North East winter nights and watch a game at Kingston Park.

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