Ian Gray

Photo of Ian GrayIan Gray is the Technical Manager for Tarmac.  He started his working career as a draughtsman.  After a short spell with a local M&E consultancy he went to Barking College as a lecturer in building technology. Ian returned to industry joining Durox working in the Technical Services Department. Tarmac acquired the company in 2002 and Ian recently moved into a central technical role for Tarmac.  Ian has an HNC in Building Construction from the Barking College of Technology.

What is your main role in the project?

Technical lead for Tarmac. I have been involved with this project from the initial scoping meeting with the University, helped draft the detailed proposal and now provide the technical input to the project team on behalf of Tarmac.

What are you looking forward to?
The concept for the two houses started over 18 months ago and since then there have been a lot of discussions, calculations, drawings and general head scratching. It’s good to see the project coming out of the ground fulfilling the design aspirations.

What are you most nervous about throughout the project?
Achieving a Code level 6 is simply a matter of ticking the right boxes on paper – making it happen in real life is more challenging!

Why do you think this project is valuable?
The intention from the outset was to demonstrate that masonry housing can achieve the highest level of the Code in a practical, affordable and repeatable way – I think as a team we have stayed true to these aims.

What do you think you’ll learn by being involved?
Working for a building materials manufacturer it’s too easy to see a project from a supplier prospective. This project has allowed me to see the whole picture and thereby allow a better understanding of the house building process.

Personal Info

Town where you live?
South Woodham Ferrers, a small commuter town south of Chelmsford in Essex.

Who you live with?
My wife Carol.

Any children? Pets?

I have 3 children – all grown up now and living as far away as Australia.


Carol says I have too many! These range from fishing (coarse), cycling and gardening – there are more I would like to do but there’s just not enough time.

What you like to do at the weekend?
If the weathers fine, any or all of the above.

Any other info that you think sums you up (eg, which football team you support) or a claim to fame or a little known fact about you)?

I have no real claim to fame – I prefer to sit in the background sipping a decent pint of beer (not that yellow stuff with a lot of bubbles).

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Fact 29

By 2050, 56% of people want cars to be very low carbon and powered by fuel cells or electricity.
Source: Energy Saving Trust 2008