29 Jun2016When I worked in housebuilding, I’d walk into the technical department and it was like a library. Sometimes you could hear a pin drop. As you can imagine, a Sales & Marketing office is quite the opposite. Noisy achievers, telling everyone they’ve just made a sale or a contract had exchanged – bells ringing and a party atmosphere. Technical was very different. The Director at the time was one of those flowery types, a keen eye for architectural elements and making things look pretty. Along the corridor was another quiet character, an engineer. He was very straight-forward, he left the flowery details to the director, whilst concentrating on saving money, through value engineering.