Chris hangs up his hard hat after four decades in construction


GMI Construction

Project Manager Chris Hanson has finally hung up his hard hat after a career spanning more than 40 years in construction.

Chris started out as an apprentice joiner in Leeds with Tarmac, followed by 20 years with Miller Group, where he became Construction Manager, before choosing to finish his career with GMI Construction as Senior Project Manager.

His final project was The Disabilities Trust’s new specialist acquired brain injury (ABI) facility at the former Terry’s chocolate factory site in York, which is due for practical completion in June.

Chris also managed GMI’s Oak House project in Leeds, which took 82 weeks to build and comprises nine studio flats, 30 shared flats for four to eight students and sleeps a total of 118.

Having made many lifelong friends within the industry, including Divisional Managing Director Andy Hurcomb, Contracts Manager Mike Kershaw, and Construction Director Martin Watson, Chris is now planning many well-earned holidays and is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, who also retired at the same time.

Martin Watson said: “Oak House was the first project that Chris landed on. I could see he cared passionately about GMI and wanted to do the best come hell or high water at any time of the day. That left a deep impression.

“A true gent, he cared passionately about the industry and was an example to those starting out. In true fashion, he worked right up until 5.30pm on his last day.

“On behalf of his many friends and colleagues, I wish him a very long and happy retirement. It is well-earned.”