Steve Porter
Construction Management

Steve has over 30 years’ experience in construction across all sectors. With a QS training and background he brings a commercial and practical approach to K2 where he heads up the Construction Management team.

Steve embodies the technical construction expertise and market knowledge at the heart of K2’s approach, rooted in the principles and behaviours of Construction Management.

What is it that motivates you?
I’ve always been passionate about making money for my clients! With a background as a QS I’ve always taken the commercial view and have always been tasked to get best value. If I do my job right then my client makes money. That’s what motivates me – but it’s only possible because I have an in depth understanding of the construction market.

What do you enjoy most about the industry
I’ve worked as contractor, developer and subcontractor so I know the market from all angles. I have friends and peers across the supply chain. There aren’t many things where I can’t pick up the phone and get a cost from a contact. I really appreciate having that market knowledge and the ability to quickly understand cost and value.

How did you get into construction
I am from a family of bricklayers and carpenters and spent many school holidays hod carrying for my father.  However, my uncle was a successful QS and he thankfully guided me onto a QS degree course for a far easier way of life!

Where do you see the market heading over the next few years?
Well currently there are issues across the industry, lack of labour, long lead times and price inflation. There are a combination of factors influencing all of that and a great deal of uncertainty in the world, but we’ll see the market reach an equilibrium before too long. It always adjusts and in time levels out. It’s our job to understand that, anticipate what’s going to happen and do what we can to get best value.

What’s your favourite book?
Titan, Ron Chernow. A biography of John D Rockefeller – an interesting story about a fascinating man. A one off – and perhaps the Musk or Bezos of his day and possibly richer in equivalent terms. He didn’t follow any rules or prescribed process but had a remarkable work ethic. He was ruthless but enjoyed his work. There’s a million and one ways to achieve success, often the unconventional, and Rockefeller proved that.

What are you passionate about outside of work
Powerlifting and sailing. I’ve been doing powerlifting for 30 years and have competed nationally and internationally and am very committed to the sport. I’m now a coach and referee though, so taking it a little easier. Sailing I love as recreation and a really pleasant way to take your mind off work.