Back when Steve Brookes (pictured centre) started at Bennett Architectural in 1997, the Spice Girls were topping the charts and Tony Blair was just starting his first term as Prime Minister.
Steve began his journey with Bennetts as a Trainee Fabricator at their old site in Parsonage Street in Tunstall; which they relocated from in 2008.
“I was part of the workforce at Parsonage Street and saw the company literally outgrow those premises,” he said.
From being a trainee Steve worked his way up the ladder to becoming a Supervisor, working alongside the Production Manager. He was then given the opportunity to join Bennetts’ Design team as a Processing Technician.
“In this role I gained knowledge of the windows, doors and curtain walling systems the company provides as well as Auto CAD software,” Steve added.
For the past three years Steve has worked in the Estimating department, a role he feels is developing all the time.
“The level of thought and involvement that is expected to cover all aspects of the project can be quite intense and this is a challenge the Estimating team relish.”
The variety of projects is also a great motivator for Steve, with Bennetts dealing with multi-million pound schemes or providing solutions for ‘grand design’ developments.
Of all the projects Steve has worked on he’s highlighted a trio he is most proud of.
“The Royal Stoke University Hospital was a very local job, the Victoria Gate complex in Leeds is a great looking building and the Exhibition Centre Liverpool provided challenges because we were working with a brand new door system,” he said.
Steve has no doubt that Bennett Architectural are at the forefront of the glazing industry because they are always ready to adapt to new challenges.
“I’m really looking forward to the developments in the industry with pre-fabricated buildings. Our company is solid and can embrace new challenges and continue to deliver top quality glazing solutions to the very highest standards,” he concluded.