Krol Corlett’s diverse range of projects have taken us to lots of new places over the past couple of years, including Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire, as well as building our presence in the Liverpool City Region. But our geographic reach can’t compete with the locations that project manager, Gordon MacKenzie, has experienced in his varied career. Born in Scotland and educated at Strathclyde University, Gordon worked around the world in Africa, the Middle East, China and Hong Kong before joining our Lancashire team last year.
“I originally went into structural engineering rather than construction,” explains Gordon, “and graduated from Strathclyde University in 1983 before spending five years working in civil engineering design. That led me to opportunities to work overseas, largely working on piers, harbours and jetties. I moved from country to country as each project completed and a new one began, before settling in Hong Kong.”
Gordon spent over a decade in Hong Kong and was involved with some of the island’s most prestigious projects, including the Harbour Tunnel and the airport. Following the handover of sovereignty from Britain to China in 1997, Gordon became more involved in construction projects, notably in the residential sector, before moving back to the UK in 2008.
“There comes a point in everyone’s career when they take stock and want to move on to something fresh,” Gordon continues. “I had the opportunity to come back to the UK and work for a construction company in Lancashire, in a role that had the potential to widen my construction experience across a bigger variety of sectors, so I made the decision to return.”
Gordon spent the next 11 years working on a wide variety of projects, largely in Lancashire, as a site manager for a construction company. His role saw him working in the education, healthcare, leisure and commercial office sectors; all experience that mirrors our own strengths and will be invaluable to his project manager role at Krol Corlett.
After joining the Krol Corlett team in December 2019, Gordon was given responsibility for our £1.5 million Fraser House project for Lancashire County Council. The project, located on the council’s White Cross Business Park in Lancaster, involves the transformation of a redundant office building to create a designated Tech Hub that will attract digital businesses, creating a catalyst for jobs, investment and a forward-focused local economy.
Gordon has been responsible for keeping the project on track and managing the complex logistics involved, despite the challenges of COVID-19. His experience has been critical to our agile approach to managing the programme and his skills have also been important in communicating effectively with the client and other stakeholders and ensuring safe working practices throughout the pandemic to allow the site to remain live.
As the Fraser House project comes to a close, Gordon can look forward to a diverse range of projects at Krol Corlett, which will draw on his enviable experience and skills.
“After working in so many environments I am used to adjusting to different working cultures and communicating effectively with stakeholders at all levels to ensure the job runs smoothly,” Gordon adds. “I am looking forward to being part of Krol Corlett’s continued growth in Lancashire and I’m proud to be with a company that puts such an emphasis on quality.”