get to know mobius construct
Earlier on this year we announced the addition of a brand new branch to Mobius; Mobius Construct.
Mobius Construct is headed up by Tim Stringer and Carly Willis - a duo with decades of experience between them and who’s well respected standing in the construction world will allow us to deliver larger-scale projects up to the value of circa £5million, including building, construction, refurbishment, interiors and fit out, as well as being able to offer ongoing maintenance and facilities management via Mobius Works.
We caught up with Tim and Carly to ask them some key questions and give you a behind the scenes insight into Mobius Construct, as well as getting to know the team behind it and their impressive experience in the industry...
Explain your role at Mobius Construct:
Tim: I am Managing Director of Mobius Construct Ltd and also a Director of Mobius Works Ltd. My role includes heading up the team and working closely with Carly on the business development and project management side of the business.
Carly: As a Divisional Director, I’m tasked with developing and promoting the business alongside our MD Tim, as well as overseeing our projects from concept to completion. Ensuring commercially, that we have provided our clients and professional partners with excellent solutions, in line with budgets and programme targets.
Tell us a bit about your business history before joining Mobius Construct:
Tim: I was previously MD of Tetris (part of JLL) based in London, they focused on the London D&B office fit out market. Prior to that I was Divisional Director of Integral Build the construction, fit out and refurbishment Division of Integral UK Ltd. I started my career with Bristol based contractor Pearce Group (now ISG), where I went from Construction Management Trainee to Executive / Account Manager.
Carly: I trained as a Quantity Surveyor and have experience in traditional main contracting and design and build, and specialise in high end commercial workplace. I progressed into project management and commercial lead roles and have gained vast experience within the built environment, working in fast track situations across a number of sectors including defence, retail, education and commercial fit out, as well as working on several global brands.
I headed up office the interiors sector for Integral UK’s build division, often working in high security situations and on complex schemes. My position prior to Mobius Construct was for the Warrington based Claremont Group Interiors, where I was Commercial Lead, delivering high end commercial workplace schemes nationally.
As an ex-chair of Women In Property South West, I have had a great amount of industry events experience and connections with peers from running and being on the committee for 7 years. Encouraging young people into the industry is vital to ensure diversity and change in construction across the board. My personal and professional mantra is ‘Make A Difference’ - something I’m planning on bringing with me to Mobius Construct.
What are the biggest challenges for Mobius Construct as you establish yourselves?
Carly: Starting any business, even one that’s part of a successful growing company, in a recession is hard. However, we have some great support around us, lots of enthusiasm and positivity. We’re in a fortunate position, but that’s testament to the hard work of the individuals in the group already which has already been recognised by the awards they’ve already won and recent shortlisting in the South West.
We’ve already seen the initial weeks fly by and others we know are busy across the sectors in our industry, which is fantastic and very much needed right now!
I think it’s important to know your limitations and be clear of what you can deliver. We know our experience and where we are best value due to our size.
What sets Mobius Construct apart from other companies within the industry?
Tim: An ability to be a true one stop shop with in-house Mechanical and Electrical, on going maintenance and facility management services, in addition to the construction team, is a real unique selling point for us, allowing us to be a real differentiator in the market. On top of that I think being owner managed with hands on Directors ensures all clients receive the closest of attention.
Carly: Our business is part of the Mobius Group and that’s added value in itself. It’s a future thinking parent company with different ideas and people focused on change.
We know from experience that no two projects are the same! It might be the same client but buildings/ land and situations can all be vastly different. With this in mind it’s important that every project is accessed on it’s own merits. Our set up allows us to pull together the right specialisms to fit the clients brief. That might be a mechanical bias project or a defence situation needing data input. We pick the people based on experience and knowledge. This ultimately saves time and money. Due to our size, we can adapt rapidly!
We also have the benefit of working closely with Mobius Works and Homes, whose teams have vast capability, particularly in MEP offerings. Having in-house engineers to assist clients is brilliant and certainly much more cost effective for all!
We’re in the position to be reactive when needed with a 24/7 helpdesk and deal directly with many manufacturers, passing on that saving to our clients.
As a Bristol based company, Mobius’s aim is to boost and be a real part of the community. This is seen through our charity work and support of ‘Empire Fighting Chance’. Everyone here is so proud of the jobs we choose to get involved in.
I knew the business was the right fit for me when I met the team. There was a genuine buzz!
What’s been the strangest or most unusual challenge you’ve come across in your career in the construction industry?
Tim: Having to drag the end of a tape measure 25m up a storm drain to measure an outlet was a challenge (being 17st and 6’4”), then having site meetings in what was the largest fish and chip shop in the world (Harry Ramsdens in Guiseley) was certainly unusual. As with an industry though I believe the strangest things are always the people, but that’s what makes every day interesting!
Carly: Being asked by a defence client at handover if I can also help them with a good sarnie provider! I mean, that’s when you really know a client relies on your opinion.
What are you looking forward to most about growing Mobius Construct?
Tim: Working with a growing group of great people!
Carly: Working with new talent. I’m always amazed by the fresh ideas of people joining our industry, and that’s not necessarily just in your typical construction roles. The people who help deliver our projects are from a multitude of backgrounds such as digital marketing or working in the government planning office. They’re all part of what we put together. We share constantly and it’s all feeding into our ethos in work. I’m a big advocate of career changers too, anyone who can juggle working whilst re-training is a committed individual.
Our research is exciting too and as a business we encourage innovation. We invite clients to come to us with new ideas and we can help bring together the right team to explore them.
I’m also really looking forward to reconnecting with my South West network. I’ve spent the last few weeks having fantastic conversations with inspiring people, some of which I've known for years but we’re now having another reason to discuss matters in our sector! I’m hugely looking forward to working with.
Tim and Carly are on hand to chat about any large scale upcoming projects you might be considering, so to find out more about how they can bring their expertise to your next build by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.