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Team Spotlight – Meet Morvan Dishaw

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 cost estimator Morvan Dishaw.

1.  Describe your job in one paragraph

It’s my role to take clients’ requirements – whether only a concept design or a full tender – and put together the most competitive price, complete with value-engineering options and the most suited subcontractors for the works. I also explore and verify the lead times on the prescribed products in order to identify any potential delays as soon as possible and propose alternatives if they are available.

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

Methodical.

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

Because Agilité isn’t part of a large corporate group we have decades of combined experience but the flexibility of a start-up, and the ability to quickly implement new and better ways of working.

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

Paris, France – even after more than 15 years living here, I am still in wonder and amazed by the city.

“There are always new things to discover.”

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

Before I moved into estimating, it was working as a project manager for a 6M€, 2500m² major restructuring renovation of a building on the Champs Elysées. This included the creation of a new roof, the addition of an entirely new floor, three new elevator shafts and a new monumental staircase.

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

This is a difficult one. Every project is a new challenge, but clients with ambitious and unique designs, or wishing to explore the use of unique materials, are particularly interesting. I especially like to involve small artisans for the decorative painting or other special handmade finishes.

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

“Don’t rush the project tendering process.”

Because – with time – the resulting costs will be more precise and competitive. Also allow for a pre-construction period – a critical phase to help ensure the works go smoothly and on schedule.

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

A one-hour fire-rated glass box around a staircase with edge-to-edge glazing and with a joinery element hiding the upper and lower cover joints. This feature boasted high-end materials and finishes, but achieved a really clean and minimalist end result.

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

I’m very active in the alternative/neo tango community – think tango to modern music – both as a dancer, but also sometimes a DJ and video-DJ (VJ). I also enjoy travelling across Europe to attend various festivals.

Utilising my creative flair elsewhere, I also work on graphic design projects – making logos, flyers, websites and posters – for various theatre performances and dance events.

10. What’s next for Agilité?

“Always bigger and greater things!”

I see us securing more retail projects, recruiting more great people, and developing/implementing new processes to further improve our client efficiencies.

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