Back in July, the Dome team welcomed a promising addition to their ranks, Luke Stoker, who joined the team as Cost Manager. With a rich academic background, a wealth of professional experience, and a commitment to personal and professional growth, Luke is poised to make a significant impact on our company and our clients. In this blog post, we’ll delve into Luke’s journey, his past experiences, current role, and his aspirations for the future.
Luke’s journey into the world of cost management began with a degree apprenticeship at the University College of Estate Management. There, he earned a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Quantity Surveying with Upper Second Class Honours. Combining a rigorous educational foundation alongside on-the-job training laid the groundwork for his future success in the field.
Luke’s professional journey took off with a series of notable projects, each demonstrating his expertise in quantity surveying and cost management.
PROJECT 1: Nitric Acid + Ammonia Plant Turnarounds
At CF Fertilisers, where plant overhauls were a mandatory part of maintenance, Luke played a pivotal role in the turnaround team. His responsibilities included providing commercial management services, quantity surveying services, cost estimates, procurement action plans, and financial management of subcontractors. His contributions ensured the accurate and timely release of project funds.
PROJECT 2: Fredrick Douglass Centre
Working with Newcastle University on the construction of the BREEAM Excellent Fredrick Douglass Centre, Luke’s role involved post-contract quantity surveying services, interim valuations, cost reporting, and variation analysis. As the project progressed, he took on more responsibilities, including cost forecasting and assistance in preparing the final account.
PROJECT 3: James Barber House
At Durham University, Luke helped transform student accommodation at James Barber House setting a new standard for sustainability and functionality of ageing student housing stock. He managed cost services under the traditional procurement route, working closely with the NEC ECC PM to navigate the challenges of refurbishment and alteration works.
PROJECT 4: A1 Birtley to Coalhouse
For Northumbria Water Group, Luke managed the diversion and abandonment works of a combined sewer at Birtley Interchange and was involved in the design and construction of a replacement cast iron water main. His dual role as NEC ECC PM and Cost Manager proved instrumental in delivering these projects successfully.
In his current role as Cost Manager at Dome, Luke is responsible for delivering commercial services to our clients. His duties span all aspects of cost management, including estimating, cost planning, tendering, procurement, and financial analysis and reporting. He ensures that clients receive top-quality services, contributing to the successful delivery of their projects.
Luke is also committed to Dome’s growth and success. He aims to combine his knowledge in cost management with a drive for service innovation and enhanced client satisfaction. His dedication extends to personal and professional development, focusing on improving technical skills in cost management and building strong client relationships.
Luke said, “I am excited about the opportunities ahead at Dome and look forward to making a meaningful impact on our clients and the company as a whole.”