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Getting to know... Mark Coulter

Getting to know... Mark Coulter

How long have you worked at Silverstone and what is your role?
I joined Silverstone in August 2012 as Associate Director to assist joint Directors Ben & Richard in all aspects of building surveying at a senior level.  I previously worked Napier & Blakeley in Melbourne, Australia, a national firm of building consultants. The majority of my work is in dilapidations, contract administration and building surveys.

What has been your best project so far?

I am currently working on a project on behalf of TTE Technical Training Group to upgrade their Teesside headquarters.  The specialist training facility extends to 32 hectares with a range of buildings including three-storey offices, engineering workshops, industrial scale process plants and a restaurant, totalling 80,000 sq. ft.  I enjoy creative projects and looking at inventive solutions for improving buildings.  For TTE’s project I am adapting an existing facility which is functional but aesthetically poor to create a much improved image and high visual impact for the benefit of their trainees and staff.

 

What do you enjoy about working at Silverstone?

Silverstone has a very positive outlook on the working environment and a great attitude towards work generally which permeates through all staff.  It is a very friendly and supportive environment to work in with the benefit of having a good work life balance.  I really enjoy being part of a young, forward thinking practice which is having a significant impact on a traditional market.

 


What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight of my career so far was when I was working in Australia and I represented the Minogue family (yes as in Kylie) acting as expert witness on $1.4 million contractual construction dispute, which we won.  The dispute related to a 4-storey office building in Melbourne which the family bought three months prior to completion which had serious building defects. I learnt a lot about how to effectively and professionally deal with disputes during the project.  (The only downside was I didn’t get to meet Kylie herself!).                                                                                               

What are your interests outside of work?
I enjoy a number of sports, I am member of Hebburn cricket club, I am currently working on improving my golf game and I am a Newcastle United season ticket holder.  I also enjoy camping and the great outdoors.

Getting to know... Mark Coulter

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