Keith, who has been a quantity surveyor for ten years, was looking for a new role and was, at that time, based in Bedford.
Keith is part of the pub team at PSE Associates.
“The pub sector was new to me when I joined, but I had been working on some large retail jobs with a supermarket chain previously and, in many ways, there are similarities,” he explains. “Both tend to be fast track work – as neither pubs or supermarkets want to be out of action for very long.”
Keith has also worked on the contractor side, which he says helps in his current position.
Keith says that when working on pub sites, he enjoys seeing refurbishments breath new life into local pubs, which are often at the hub of a community.
Over of the past few months, he has spent time working on the O’Neill’s brand for Mitchells & Butlers, supporting the client with refurbishment projects which has included pubs based all over the UK. The team has completed 16 O’Neill’s refurbishments so far this year, with Aberdeen included in that, which was the brand’s original site.
While Keith spends a fair amount of time out ‘on the road’ the early part of 2019 offered him the rare opportunity to walk to a project, when PSE Associates supported Mitchells & Butlers with the refurbishment of The Font in Brighton.
The building, originally Union Chapel, retains much evidence of its former life as a place of worship. It’s unclear exactly when the chapel was constructed, but a foundation stone still exists in the south wall which has been identified as either 1683 or 1688. It was originally used by Presbyterians – following an easing of restrictions on religious practices.
When he’s not in the office, Keith – who is still relatively new to the Brighton area – is enjoying discovering what Sussex has to offer.
“I’m lucky that Adele was born and bred in Brighton, so she’s a great guide,” he says. “In addition, I own a Harley-Davidson, so I am enjoying getting out and exploring on that. Other than that, we enjoy meeting up with friends and attending a church down here too.”