Building Project Manager
Bill Nesbitt is the main contractor responsible for the construction of the buildings at the heart of the FarmED centre, but though he’s worked in the building trade for nearly thirty years, Bill describes himself as ‘a closet farmer.’
He studied agricultural surveying at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, with a view to pursuing a career in land management, but when Bill and his wife bought a cottage which needed significant restoration, Bill’s career took a different road.
Working with skilled tradesmen, Bill spent the next eight years honing his own skills, restoring and developing a series of old and new houses around the Cotswolds, eventually buying a near derelict, listed, farmhouse in Clapton-on-the-Hill which he transformed into a family home. He then decided to concentrate on larger contracts, but with an important criterion - they needed to be beautiful.
Bill was the natural choice for the FarmED centre, having built a home for founders Ian and Celene Wilkinson and their family. He’d also recently headed up a project creating large workshops in larch.
However, the scale of the FarmED project, from the amount of earth that required moving, to the amount of timber used in the construction, have made it necessary for Bill and his company, Nesbitt Restorations, to work with a series of contractors - from demolition and groundworks teams, to carpenters and zinc roofers.
But Bill describes the project as being, ‘right up my street.’ He says, ‘I’ve loved working with the different materials. Larch is so beautiful, especially the way it turns silvery over time, and if I was building a new house for myself now, I’d definitely want to put a zinc roof on it. It’s so attractive, sustainable and practical, as it can last for a century.’
Bill is very happy to have been involved in a project designed to have a positive impact on farming, which remains very close to his heart. He says that the building trade shares many similarities with his original choice of career.
‘Building and farming are both about putting something into the ground and watching it grow, but I’m too impatient to be a farmer. With building, you see things happen instantaneously and I like that.’