Lewis Marsh earned his degree in Construction Management on the job and subsequently joined Anderson as an Assistant Site Manager. Lewis is currently part of the team charged with bringing the ambitious Faversham Lakes development to life.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Like most children, I wanted to be a professional footballer. But from a young age I wanted to be a site manager as I’ve grown up with family around me all being in construction.
What did you do before working at Anderson?
I worked for Galliford Try as a trainee three days a week, followed by four years working for Countryside Properties as an Assistant Site Manager while I completed my Construction Management Degree on day release.
What does an average working day for an Anderson apprentice involve?
The average day is never the same, which is one of the reasons I enjoy the job so much. My general role includes ensuring the site is safe and the workforce are following their Risk Assessment and Method Statements. I inspect all aspects of the build and ensure quality is maintained, and subcontractors are keeping to the programme. We work closely with internal departments to overcome any unforeseen technical issues that may arise or contractual items that need clarification.
Since returning to work after the initial Covid-19 lockdown, numerous changes have been made around the workplace. How have you and your colleagues adjusted to the changes and how important is it to you personally to adhere to measures?
The measures that have been put in place on site are impressive. The one way systems on site and the amount of signage make it easier for all to abide by the social distancing measures. There are also sanitiser stations around the site to make it easy for everyone to use as and when required. Following the guidance set by the government is important to not only me but the whole site as a collective. It’s important that everyone stays safe and goes home at the end of each day without having to worry. It seems to be closer to home than the previous lockdown therefore it’s important that we all follow the guidance to keep each other safe.
Employees of Anderson often refer to the Anderson way of doing things. What does the Anderson way mean to you?
I feel that the Anderson way is to regenerate areas of land with high quality homes for local communities. The quality that Anderson produces, I would say, is of a higher standard than our competitors. The general consensus when you work for Anderson is that they are run like a family business and everyone pulls together as a team to get the best out of a development. The company does a lot for local communities with construction workshops. It also works with charities through the Foundation, which is great and makes working for Anderson that much more satisfying.
Share with us one thing your Anderson colleagues wouldn’t know about you?
I once had a trial with Southend United and East Thurrock United.