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Gemma is keeping it in the family at Centenary Quay


Local Woolston resident, Gemma McQuillan, is following in the footsteps of her father, who used to work at the Vosper Thorneycroft shipyard, by securing an exciting role at Crest Nicholson’s Centenary Quay development.

The former Southampton Solent University student graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Interior Design earlier in 2014, and soon secured work experience on the site one day per week. After impressing the Crest team, Gemma was offered a permanent position, and started full time recently.

As an Assistant Technician, she now plays a crucial role in the delivery of the development by helping to identify and react to technical problems, and working out solutions to enable the site teams to progress. She is currently working on plans for ‘Phase Three’ of the development, which is currently under construction, and with seven years to go until the scheme is complete, she looks set to make a real difference.

Gemma said, “Things are always changing on the site – one minute you’re in the office, and the next you’re on site seeing it for real. We’re working through the plans for the new commercial hub at the moment, and I’m learning new things all the time”.

Crest Nicholson’s Managing Director, Debbie Aplin said:

“We are so pleased to have been able to offer Gemma a role here at Centenary Quay and, at the same time, maintain her family’s links to the site. She’s a real asset to Crest and is helping build Woolston’s future”.

Councillor Daniel Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Education and Change, said:

“The regeneration of Centenary Quay is one of the most important projects happening in Southampton today. The Employment and Skills Plan agreed by the council and Crest Nicholson is creating excellent opportunities for residents in the city, and includes targets to employ local graduates and retain talent in the city. The Council is proud to be a partner in this project which is providing opportunities for talented young people, such as Gemma.”

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