Kate Dybeck is a design manager advisor in our Regional Building London and South East business and she has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Construction News Awards – Rising Star category. She completed a year placement with Kier in 2014, was subsequently sponsored by Kier and joined as a graduate in 2016 after gaining a first-class degree. Kate's ability and potential has been recognised with two further promotions along with leadership roles on key projects.

Here, Kate explains more about her role in the business, new initiatives she has implemented in the business and how she believes in giving back.

“Building strong relationships with your teams and clients is absolutely key in my role. I have led design management for some of Kier’s most long-standing clients nurturing a transparent, open and collaborative relationship to deliver client aspirations focusing on compliance, budget and satisfaction.

I am currently working at Kings Cross P2, a commercial, retail and theatre development where I have been leading the design management and recently commenced my site management rotation to gain the vital experience on site.

At Manbre Wharf, a £38m major refurbishment/extension to a commercial office building, I developed a bespoke design re-using the existing concrete frame with the design team and specialists. I scoped out and interrogated the structural investigation, working with the design team to advance an innovative solution that included carbon strengthening to retain and re-use the existing columns. We met with suppliers to develop the system further and were exploring solutions to omit trimming steels from structural openings using carbon fibre solutions.

At Medway Lodge, £13m refurbishment of a 51-bed medium secure mental health facility, I reviewed the IPS design, developing the use of a product with the client and architect that provided a better solution for infection control, minimising self-harm risk, and reduced programme by removing the first fix element. It passed the Trust's testing regimes; and was subsequently signed off for use. Feedback from the testing was considered in the final installation. The use of this product was a great example of the P22 supply chain collaboration.

I always strive for excellence and try to see where I can support our business with new and innovative initiatives like the development of our new all-encompassing tracker to monitor design changes, the associated deliverables programme and design fees; allowing the project team to track, manage and price all design changes efficiently."