25, September, 2017 By Gecko Posted in Part L 10 questions with Nick Gardner, Sustainability Consultant What was your first job? My first job was as a waiter at the Adelphi Hotel. I got it through a friend of my mum’s while I was still at school and had just turned 16. How did you get into the building industry? I initially started out working at Soundtesting which is based in the same building as Base and deals mainly in the acoustic sound insulation testing of dwellings and air tightness testing. I was there for a few years before an opportunity came up at Base and I’ve been there ever since. What project are you currently working on? I work across multiple services and daily tasks include SAP assessments, energy and sustainability statements as well as daylights studies. The projects are so varied and can range from one small flat to large multi-million pound developments. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Resist the urge to be yourself and do the opposite of what you think.???? Coffee or tea? I’m a coffee man in the office. Proudest achievement to date? Last month I abseiled down one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings for charity. I was terrified but it was a great experience and myself and fellow Base members raised over £3000 for Shelter Box. How do you like to unwind? Sit back with a cup of tea and watch Netflix. What would you say to young people entering the industry? We play a lot of golf networking days with Base’s clients so at this moment in time, I would say work on your handicap! If you ruled the world for a day… I would probably order all the banks in the UK to donate £100 to my account as a one off and I’d give something to charity too. What’s the best thing about working at Base? Friendly atmosphere- great team, multiple coffees made for me, varying work load and sometimes we are rewarded with an early Friday finish!