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Where I earn my wages, been here since September 1979. I’ve seen the business grow from a small business to a multi-discipline business with offices worldwide.

A busy week in the office using Revit – AGAIN!

This past week has been a busy one in the office as we’ve been inundated with schemes to produce for all side of the business. Yes we’ve been working for both Social Infrastructure & Property.

JP was swamped with Education Funding Agency work, CM was away on annual leave & as usual we had no support from our colleagues down South! 🙁

I was asked to put my existing workload on the back-burner & take a Property Team scheme on for JP. It wasn’t a difficult job but rather than use AutoCAD we elected to undertake the design in Revit. Revit enabled us to quickly shift the furniture layout around as well as provide an existing, demolition & proposed layouts very easily. Only wished we’d been given the Revit Families training, but we’ve still got to get approval off work for that! We had to space plan an office fit out for a 125 seat office with a mixture of 4 and 6 person desks. There was also a requirement to provide 4 number 6 person ‘touch-down’ desks. In the end all was completed on time & sent to our Quantity Surveyors to price up. We even managed time to create two options. Then it was back to playing catch-up on my core work for the Manchester Education Team with some Development Plans that needed creating. I was also able to clear a planning application for a remodelling of a teachers staff room that required new windows and a door adding.

The week ended with a couple of pints at a new bar which had opened on Station Approach Manchester called Piccadilly Tap.

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There was quite a turn-out for a Friday lunchtime pint as there was 8 of us from the office who had decided it was definitely needed. So we split ourselves into 2 groups of four to make the cost of buying a round more appealing.

Piccadilly Tap, Manchester 2015

We are still trying to get our CAD drawing sheets created too, its been over 3 weeks now since we re-branded the company to our parent companies name and we are still waiting for the title sheets to be produced. Its getting quite embarrassing but I can safely say no one is waiting for me to create them as someone else (who shall remain nameless) has taken it on to undertake. Its not just the AutoCAD ones that we are waiting for its the Revit one too.

More the same this coming week I expect.

The weekend was much more fun, Michele and I went off to Warrington looking for new cars as our current deal which ends in May 2016. Michele fancies a Mitsubishi ASX crossover, but after having a look I’m not so sure. It looks slightly bigger than the Nissan Quashai that we used to have and I’m not too sure if I want a car that big again. Some debate to go though. Then we did a spot of shopping in Warrington, new work shirts and trousers. Following this we called at Bents Garden Centre near Leigh as they’ve had a new refurbishment undertaken and it looked quite smart inside. Maybe another trip is due before the Christmas period kicks in.

Saturday evening was spent with our friends Warren and Dawn as they’d offered us tea after we called in for a coffee. Dawn made a nice Chilli con Carne which was washed down with a couple of bottles of ‘Old Speckled Hen‘. Dawn had been in work all day and even though we’d not seen them all for a couple of weeks we called it a night just after 21:00 so Dawn could settle down and rest.

Sunday (today) was a rest day, i did a little bit of practice with Revit to keep the skill up as I’d noticed that because I’d not used it for a couple of weeks I’d lost the edge. We called over the road to Michele’s parents to see how they were and they both seemed happy.

I’ve had a chat with my daughter Sam tonight who has been telling me what she’s been planning for the coming weeks with a trip to Sheffield and also Nottingham. She was also explaining that her husband (Matt) and her have set a new business up called ‘Sammy and Matt – business builder and mentors‘. How they manage to find the time in their busy life I don’t know but good luck to them both. If you don’t try you’ll never succeed.

Lewis and Drew have both been busy with work too this week as I’ve not seen or heard from them both either. Oh the catering trade and the hours they put in.

Michele, Josh and I have been at the 6th Form Opening Evening this week looking for options for Josh to do after his GCSE’s in May/June 2016. He wants to do Business Studies at A Level and in his own words become an Entrepreneur. Maybe we should buy him this book?

I’ll wrap up now as Homeland (season 5) is due on Channel 4 tonight and it’s my turn to make the lunch for tomorrow.

Long Time NO blog, but I’ve been to Maastricht!

Well we’ve just come out of busy period for the Cleary household hence the reason for a lack of posts. But I suppose you’ll forgive me for being busy?

The first thing to report is that we’ve had a week away from work following on from the Easter break which was enjoyable even though it was busy.

The Easter break started off with my Dad, brother and I having a long awaited afternoon out visiting some of the pubs of my home town of Altrincham. We called in the ‘Old Market Tavern’ as our first stop and had a couple of beers. The pub was not busy but there was a small gathering which gave the place an atmosphere. Our second pub was the ‘Orange Tree’ and was not busy at all! In fact we were the only ones in there for a while apart from the landlady. The bar had by the looks of things had an extensive refurbishment that had smartened the pub up no end. Again we had a couple of beers here while dad mixed the round up with a coffee. Our third and final pub was the ‘Malt Shovels’ and it looked like it had not changed at all in the 25+ years since my last visit. It was the most busy of the pubs we jaunted into on the Good Friday afternoon, however the beer was not at its best and after one pint went back to the bar we forced the other one down before having a whiskey and then heading home to some fine home cooked food at mum’s.

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Well Christmas is now a distant memory and it was a great time to spend it with the people that mean the most to you. How many days to Christmas now I hear you say, I haven’t a clue and don’t care. It will be when it will be.

My parents are still struggling with chest infections that they’ve had since the turn of the New Year. They’ve been quite poorly with it. They’ve had a roof leak too over the rear bedroom where the under-felt had torn a little & was allowing any driven rain to pass under the tiles to drip onto the insulation in the loft space. I’ve managed to pin the felt back up in place with the help of some cross battens between the rafters. Not 100% back to new but a reasonable repair that should just stop the water getting in.

We caught up with Sam, Matt & Harry at their house and even got a visit off Drew too. Harry has started his potty training this week & has managed to keep dry for the later part of the week, although he did have a couple of accidents at the beginning of the week. They all seem well and fine too. Drew was full of beans and looks well rested after his Christmas break. He’s finished work at House in Goosegreen, Altrincham and has also now sold his interest in Urban Burger Bar! Selling up in Urban Burger bar was a bit of a shock as he’d worked so hard to get the project up and running. However He’ll start over else where one day. He has also had an interview at the same hotel (Radisson Blu, Manchester) where Lewis works and starts there tomorrow (Monday).

My two youngest are fine, Lewis has been away in Bradford most of the week seeing a new young lady called Danielle. We met her for the first time on Friday evening and I must say what a pleasant young lady she is. Danielle is studying to be a nurse at Bradford Uni. Josh is fine albeit that he’s fully into being a stroppy teenager and has the attitude to match.

Mrs C and I are both very well, we both seem to have taken to our soup maker and are now into our second week of having homemade soup for lunch at work. I even made a beef and vegetable soup made from the leftovers of a beef casserole we had for tea one evening last week. Very delicious. I’m even getting my stash of homegrown chillies eaten up as they are being used in the soups.

The week at work was OK too, no boredom and not too stressful either. I had a trip to London on Friday to meet up with colleagues from Arcadis, Hyder Consulting & RTKL to discuss BIM (Building Information Modelling). This meant that i was on the 07:09 from Wigan North Western to Euston for the journey of just under 2 hours. I met a colleague at our head office near Kings Cross before catching the tube over to Victoria, then a short 5 minute walk to Hyder’s offices. The meeting was an open forum & introduction to where each of the separate parts of the business are at. We even had the meeting gate crashed by the Arcadis chairman Neil McArthur who was over in London for meetings. We all had to introduce ourselves to him before he chatted to us about what BIM meant for him. I got the impression he was quite excited about the challenges as well as changes BIM will bring to the construction industry. The meeting ended sooner than I had expected and i had a little bit of time to kill before my train back from London to Wigan so I wandered down to the Houses of Parliament for a breath of fresh air. I was also treated to a flyby over the Cenotaph by two Chinook helicopters, shame i wasn’t quick enough with the camera as they looked quite stunning flying low over London. My trip back was luckily by First Class as strangely enough it was cheaper than Second Class! In the First Class lounge I met a couple of friends – Alan and Tracy Brookes. (Friends sounds better than the boss and his wife as I’ve known them both for over 25 years now). After a couple of beers, a glass of port and chicken Teka Marsala i was well rested. Its nice to travell First class from London everynow and then.

Now settled down ready for what this week has to hold for us.