People News

Our people: Bernard Conroy.

02/07/2019

Driving change for a better tomorrow.

Bernard is a Project Director and, in his 20-year career, has worked on challenging projects all over the world. He is now part of our Arc team and will support the creation of the UK’s new home of innovation.

I chose a career in building services because…

…it combines the need for an analytical mind with creativity and pragmatism, and this appeals to me. During my degree, I read an article about how the building services industry was on the cusp of huge change – having to adapt and face the challenges of climate change – and I found this fascinating.

I have been fortunate to witness first-hand the fantastic opportunity building services engineers have to influence building design for the better.

One the most challenging projects I been involved in…

…was the University of Bristol’s Centre for Nanoscience & Quantum Information project. The brief was to achieve ‘the quietest building in the UK in terms of vibration performance’. Careful decoupling of vibration generators such as the buildings plant and the ventilation and hydraulic distribution systems helped achieve this brief.

Close control of the laboratory internal conditions, the ability to fully isolate the services to each laboratory, ‘clean’ power and the inclusion of electromagnetic shielding helped us achieve a building that met the challenge – where research on a nanoscale could take place.

I’m now working in the Arc…

… and it’s great to be involved at such an early stage.

The region will play a vital role in the UK’s economic recovery, showcasing our ability to evolve and innovate.

It will help prepare us for future global challenges by nurturing emerging talent in sectors like Life Sciences and Medical Technology. The Arc will also need to be world-leading in terms of sustainability and our expertise in designing net zero carbon buildings will support this. I look forward to playing my part and ensuring sustainable high value growth for this exciting region.

Outside of work…

…I am a huge sports fan, but with playing days firmly over involvement is largely confined to watching and to taxiing my two children around to all of their various sports clubs and activities… Post pandemic the advancement of autonomous vehicles would be a welcome addition to free up some weekend time!