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10 questions with Allan Jones, Sustainability Consultant

  1. What was your first job?

My first paid job was working as a barman in Maghull Town Hall when I was in sixth form. It played havoc with my body clock.


  1. How did you get into the building industry?

My first job after uni was as a trainee land surveyor, driving all over the country doing topographical and measured building surveys for developers.


  1. What project are you currently working on?

Amongst many in the pre-Christmas rush I’m working on a large nine-storey student accommodation block in the city I live in, Sheffield. It’s aiming for a 19% reduction in CO2 emissions beyond national standards.


  1. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Trust your gut feeling.


  1. Coffee or tea?

Tea, preferably from a teapot ( I like coffee too but coffee doesn’t like me).


  1. Proudest achievement to date?

Learning to play piano in my thirties.


  1. How do you like to unwind?

A walk in the peak district followed by a fireside pint in a cosy pub.


  1. What would you say to young people entering the industry?

Do your research so you can be confident in your work.


  1. If you ruled the world for a day…

Everyone go outside for a day of fresh air, daylight and nature, and pick up as much plastic as they can.


  1. What’s the best thing about working at Base?

Without question the team, a friendly office environment makes all the difference in a job.


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