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Team Spotlight – Meet Cormac O’Sullivan

We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction and project management. Each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role…

Next up it’s project manager Cormac O’Sullivan.

1. Describe your job in one paragraph

I feel my job can be described as an interpreter of a concept or design from a client, to the orchestration of trades and suppliers, to delivering the physical result to the end user.

2. Which one word would colleagues use to describe you?

Dependable.

3. Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors?

I feel Agilité offers a bespoke service to our clients. No project or client are identical, so we do not have a ‘one size fits all’ type of product. We adapt our teams, supply chains, contracting approach and method statements to the particular needs of every brief. No request is too outrageous.

4. You have worked in some amazing places around the world. Which has been your favourite?

“I loved working in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I enjoy partaking in our projects in Brussels, but Paris is always a favourite.”

It’s a global city with so many different sides to it and each sector presents new challenges and opportunities.

The diversity of the population here is enriching and you’re always guaranteed to work with people from many different backgrounds. With so many major projects and events planned for the Île de France it’s an exciting time to be in Paris.

5. What’s your biggest career highlight to date?

I wouldn’t say I have any one highlight but the fact I moved to France with little or no knowledge of the French language and have progressed to now managing projects, in a French project team, with a majority French supply chain, is a source of great pride for me.

6. The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it?

A very patient developer with a large budget who wants to build a beautiful boutique hotel on the South West French coast.

7. What key piece of advice would you give to a client planning a fit-out project on a budget?

I would say investing an adequate amount of time in the space planning phase as you will always find a way to maximise the project potential without negatively impacting the end users.

There are new technologies reaching the market which also free clients from aging or cumbersome infrastructure that is laborious to install and/or maintain, so they’ll end up saving the client money in the short and long term.

8. What’s the best feature you’ve ever helped a client achieve in their space?

In France you learn quickly that lunch is an important aspect of the French working day. Consumers can continue a meeting or form a new business relationship while also getting their fill of good food, so being involved in the creation of restaurants where the client or architect has the liberty to express their creativity is a really fun aspect of some of the projects I’ve worked on.

9. When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you?

If not with family, you could find me at a racecourse.

“I have a deep love of racing and equestrian sports.”

10. What’s next for Agilité?

I think we’ll continue to thrive in the flourishing retail and hospitality sectors where we can display our creative capabilities. The future is looking really promising for Agilité and we’re looking forward to bringing on board some more exciting talent to help us respond to developing markets.

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