Every project brings Jenny Johnston a sense of fulfilment.
The variety of work combined with the end user benefits is what drives the Skope Associate daily.
“I think the job that I’m doing is worthwhile,” she said.
“We have purchasers moving into new houses, we have patients using new hospital facilities, University students having new upgraded teaching spaces.
“Understanding the important role that the built environment plays in society provides a sense of
pride in what I do.
“What I do each day is benefiting not only this city but Northern Ireland as a whole.”
The breadth of work Jenny is exposed to at Skope is a breath of fresh air, she says. Prior to Skope, and fresh out of university, she worked for a London Construction Consultancy Practice that had its employees work in specialised sectors.
Today, Jenny carries out quantity surveying for a wide range of clients, those who are benefiting Belfast and its residents, be it through housing, new leisure facilities or education.
“I like the idea of working on housing projects, that there’s first time buyers or purchasers that are really excited about moving into their new homes,” she says.
“I also undertook a number of projects for Queen’s University a few years ago, where we worked a lot with end user groups and researchers.
“I had a program to meet in terms of completing new teaching labs & write–up spaces, because the University needed the facilities for the new academic year. I love projects where I’m really engaged with the end benefit.”
Internally it’s the culture of inclusivity that Jenny loves most.
Led by its partners, the Belfast construction consultancy has fostered an open door policy for any staff member to bounce ideas around in the interest of their clients.
“The partners are working partners,” she said.
“They are not on the golf course.”
“It’s different from other businesses because it is unusual that Partners would have so much daily involvement, but at Skope we have daily contact with them which is great for both us and the business.”