Projects That Shaped Me: Rosie Fenton – Assistant Project Manager

My career in construction started around 12 years ago when I left school and joined a local Estate Agent as a trainee. I soon realised that I had real passion and curiosity for all things property and decided that a career in the construction industry was perfect for me!

Fast forward 4 years, and I joined a local developer as a Customer Relations Manager. My key role was to assist new homeowners with queries and ensure any minor defects were quickly rectified. My knowledge of the development process grew, and I was really keen to be more involved at the sharp end and learn more about the project life cycle.

I joined Ward Williams Associates (WWA) 3 years ago, as an Assistant Project Manager and truly began my career in construction.  Whilst working with WWA, I have been enrolled in a Construction Management Degree and am delighted to have reached my final year and can’t wait to continue to grow my Project Management skills.

The project that has most influenced me in my career to date has certainly been West Carclaze Garden Village in St Austell, Cornwall. The development is a 21st-century lakeside community with health and sustainability at its core.

Built around the historical china clay landscape of St Austell, the unique development enjoys far-reaching views of the sea and Cornish coast. The new village will be woven into the 500-acre site, with 350 acres being dedicated to a managed country park, alongside 5 lakes to ensure an exceptional biodiverse environment. Each of the 1,500 homes will be at the cutting edge of energy efficiency and sustainability, equipped with solar panels as standard. As an Assistant Project Manager, I have had a key role in the development of one of the land parcels that will deliver 150 new, highly sustainable homes

West Carclaze Garden Village was one of the first projects I really got stuck into at WWA and has certainly challenged me and provided countless opportunities to broaden my knowledge as a Project Manager. I have learnt so much from the challenges that inevitably arise throughout the construction process, in particular the design stage. Working with the design teams, I have been able to explore and develop my understanding of sustainable construction, the requirements to meet EPC ratings, and the effective use of sustainable materials.

I really cannot wait to see this incredible project reach completion and look forward to completing my degree and furthering my career as a Construction Project Manager.

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