Hyphen Around the World: meet Manuel López, Madrid

As part of our Hyphen Around the World series, we’ll be catching up with various members of our team to find out more about their international experience.

We’ll also be asking them for some tips – whether it’s about permitting advice, or a must-try local delicacy!

#HyphenAroundTheWorld – Part 2

We interviewed Manuel López, an architect and BIM manager at Hyphen. Typically based in our Madrid office, Manuel has delivered projects for clients across Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

1. What is a typical day like in your role?

Managing logistics projects and checking the feasibility of future site locations for clients.

2. What’s the most interesting place that you’ve ever visited for work?

Harrogate, England.

3. Top local permitting tip?

In Spain, building tax (ICIO) varies between 3.5 – 4.0% of construction cost. This additional tax does not replace permit fees and should be added in full to project costs.

4. What’s the furthest you’ve ever travelled for a site visit?

Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

5. Favourite local delicacy?

Assado Leitão from Oporto, Portugal.

6. If you could deliver a project anywhere in the world, where would it be?

South America, as it’s an interesting place with lots of opportunities – particularly, in the logistics sector.