Washroom Washroom director Trevor Bowers enjoys the variety of construction, but would like to see the industry’s cyclical nature end.
Q. How did you get into the industry?
A. Straight from school - I joined C F Andersons & Sons as a junior estimator within the Corian department as my first ‘proper’ job after leaving school and my six years there taught me a huge amount about the construction industry as a whole.
Things have come full circle now as I’m now a director at Washroom Washroom, and Corian remains one of our most popular materials – in fact we’ve recently had to extend our factory space to meet the rise in demand.
Q. What is the best thing about construction?
A. For me, it has to be the fact that no two days are ever the same, even after so many years working in the industry.
Our work is very much design-led so things are constantly changing, with different designs, materials and techniques being developed to keep up with current trends.
I never get tired of seeing a finished washroom design come together and the satisfaction of knowing I’ve played a part in creating it.
Q. If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be?
A. For me, it would be the cyclical nature of the industry as it makes investment in exciting new projects more difficult which can be frustrating at times.
This age-old issue also has a knock-on effect on the number of skilled workers which can also cause headaches, especially when things suddenly pick up and you need to complete a project to an almost impossibly tight deadline.
A. How should we encourage young people to join the industry?
A. There needs to be more focus on the industry as an option for both school-leavers and graduates.
I feel that students at whatever level need to be made more aware of the exciting opportunities available to them in the industry – to inspire them to love construction.
Apprenticeship schemes are a must too as they’re a great way to get the next generation engaged and interested enough to properly consider a career in construction.