Andrew Chisem C Eng MIStructE MCIOB Director
Clients are very focussed on costs these days. It’s costs versus… well it’s usually just costs actually. That’s why our ability to add value makes such a difference.
Energy concerns are changing clients’ perspectives
As the interests and demands of clients and developers has changed in recent years, so has the role of Andrew Chisem, from a hands-on role as a structural engineer to a greater emphasis on strategy and added value.
“The emphasis on energy and renewables has added a new perspective to the way that we work. Much of structural engineering is about performance and costs these days. But we can advise on the benefits of different strategies based on expertise we have gained over years."
“Clients listen because everyone’s energy costs are going up and we can make a real difference. My role in the company has grown from Project Engineer to Director, which has meant getting less involved in every aspect of day-to-day work and taking on a more managerial role. However, my commitment to clients runs very deep and balancing the twin demands can be challenging.”
The balancing act goes further though. As a Director and structural engineer he works in partnership with M&E director Chris Evans, Managing Director Allan Rose and with Director Graham Waring on energy projects and with external contractors and clients.
At the same time, an upturn in automotive projects has signaled a revival in the industry’s fortunes in the UK, as some of Rolton Group’s long-standing clients such as BMW and Jaguar LandRover look to grow. This brings unique challenges: "Automotive companies are world-class at driving out cost and creating efficiency, so working with them calls for the ability to implement major productions without impacting upon output or compromising safety standards."