5 Minutes With...

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5 minutes with … Rachel Basha at Basha-Franklin


The founder and owner of the architecture and interior design practice on the commercialisation of sustainability, the need to support rising talent and her favourite north London restaurant

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5 minutes with … Ian Tew at Knight Frank


The partner and leader of the building consultancy and project management team in Newcastle on the challenges of lockdown, the importance of pursuing net zero and how he manages a team working across different sectors and delivering multiple services


5 minutes with … Mark Lavery at Buro Happold


The firm’s partner and tall buildings expert on taking risks, working in Dubai on a tower even taller than the Burj Khalifa and the advantages of getting up early

Kate McKnight, country manager for UK & Ireland at Myrtha Pools

5 minutes with … Kate McKnight at Myrtha Pools


The leisure business expert and firm’s manager in the UK and Ireland on switching jobs during covid, the importance of leisure facilities and why the sea is better when it is rougher

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5 minutes with … Matt Thomas at SLR


The firm’s built environment senior sector leader for Europe on the importance of sustainable transport networks and his admiration for planning barristers. His favourite building is almost 1,000 years old

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5 minutes with … Rosie Bard at Orms


The firm’s associate and sustainability lead on her mission to help reduce the industry’s impact on the environment, the importance of challenging the status quo and her love of art galleries and pizza

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5 minutes with … Tony Wells at Merit


The firm’s founder and CEO would change ‘pretty much everything’ about the industry and sees a huge opportunity to innovate and transform construction’s archaic ways of working

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5 minutes with … Paul Staley at Wise Living


The BTR housing provider’s managing director on rising to challenges, embracing opportunities and doing your best, while not being overly competitive

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5 minutes with … Richard Farrey at Silverstone Building Consultancy


The firm’s lead director on building his business, the importance of a can-do attitude and why the best buildings are in the North-east

Rebecca Hartshorn

5 minutes with … Rebecca Hartshorn at Sisk


The firm’s national framework director on the need for greater industry collaboration, juggling her career and motherhood, her favourite roast dinner and her dislike of blocky concrete buildings

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5 minutes with … Priya Shah at Linesight


The global consultancy’s associate director on her transition from the nuclear sector, her training scheme for chemical engineers and the need for digital transformation

Michael O'Shea

5 minutes with … Michael O’Shea at Gowling WLG


The partner in the law firm’s construction team believes the tendering process needs to change and urges new recruits to read books rather than websites. He is a fan of The Smiths and wine gums

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5 minutes with … Chris Jones at 10 Design


The firm’s managing principal (Europe and Middle East) considers the need to work collaboratively, the impact of the pandemic, why he went to art college – and his secret skill learnt while funding his studies

Ashwin Halaria

5 minutes with … Ashwin Halaria at Symmetrys


The firm’s associate director on the incident that made him want to be an engineer, the vital importance of material reuse and why his mother will always be his role model

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5 minutes with … Jonathon Bentley at Bentley


The firm’s managing director on the challenges of building his business, the importance of seeing every angle and why he has the ball from the men’s Euro 2021 final.

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5 minutes with … Jack Newton at RSHP


The firm’s associate partner on struggling with dyslexia at school, increasing diversity in the profession, working under Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour and watching his children playing with his Lego

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5 minutes with … Charlene Shum at Platform


The project executive on the industry’s blame culture, the importance of collaboration and why it is vital to care about those smallest details


5 minutes with … Mandie Sewa at Brevis Law


The firm’s head of immigration law on the importance of recruting and retaining the right staff, the challenges posed by new immigration rules, the universal power of food and why steak should always be eaten rare

Lee Parkinson, chief executive at ENProcure

5 minutes with … Lee Parkinson at Efficiency North


The group’s chief executive on starting out as a YTS apprentice, surviving the pandemic and why the finest seafood should be simply served

Gemma Pont_Associate at CPMG Architects

5 minutes with … Gemma Pont at CPMG Architects


The associate architect on making the right choices, working collaboratively, the importance of cheese and the first book she ever read