Paul is the Building Manager at Capital House on Chapel Street, the 16-storey office building next to Edgware Road station.
1Can you explain your role in one sentence?I manage the services, security and tenant expectations of over 90,000 square feet of multi-tenanted office space.
2How long have you been doing this job?I’ve been here at Capital house since January 2015.
3Did you find yourself in this role by accident or by design?By design – I’ve always been in building management since soon after I left school
4What’s the best part about your job?The best part is somewhere between resolving problems and reacting to disasters! No one likes a disaster and they are very stressful but at the same time they provide a break from the usual routine. I do like a challenge. When we had the Beast from the East I had to deal with frozen pipes and consequential flooding and I like doing the organising to sort these sorts of things out. Building management is always run with small teams, so you have to be good at multi-tasking.
5What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened to you on the job? I’m not sure there’s ever been anything really strange – no weird visitors to buildings or anything like that. I did have to deal with a power cut at a building I was managing in the City of London that lasted the best part of a day. I was accompanying people up and down the emergency stairs as there were of course no lifts, with a torch in one hand because it was dark, at the same time keeping my employer up to speed with events and dealing with the landlord and his M&E contractor!
6What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? I like cycling, breeding canaries and I love the British countryside. I go game shooting, wildfowl hunting and gun dog training and you tend to be out and about at dawn and dusk when no one is around and you get to see the countryside at these fantastic times when its so quiet.
7What do you like about this area?I have a long commute to get here and back every day and I use the Edgware Road station next to Capital House so I tend not to spend much time here once I’ve finished work.
8Where’s your favourite place to go for a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) in the local area? M&S. I nearly always have lunch at my desk, on the job, so it’s just a quick trip next door. And they are one of our tenants!
9Who is YOUR hero and what is it about them that inspires you?My Dad. He taught me life’s values and also introduced me to the wonders of the British countryside.
10If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? India to see tigers. I would love to see a tiger in the wild.