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Chartered Building Surveyor

Business area: Faithful+Gould
Job title: Chartered Building Surveyor
Years at Atkins: 5 years

How does your work benefit the end user?

I mostly work in the education sector and have undertaken several refurbishments in primary, secondary and university buildings, as well extensions and new builds. These projects are hugely beneficial to the end user. I believe the key to benefiting the end user is to fully understand the end user’s requirements. Schools can be challenging environments to work in, with varying end users, including, teachers, governors and children of different ages. Schools must also be designed in accordance with Building Bulletin 98 and 99 and the Equality Act. The requirements for schools are much greater now, with the need for improved ICT suites, all weather sports facilities, with opportunities for more creative and physical learning, including provisions for health care and community centres. The work I do benefits the end user greatly by upgrading and improving the children’s learning environment.

What inspired you to become a Building Surveyor?

I’ve always had an interest in buildings, especially older buildings and a curiosity in the issues that surround them. I knew I wanted to work in construction but was not necessarily what sure in what role. I particularly liked the idea that building surveyors communicate with lots of different professionals, including engineers, architects as well as varying clients and contractors. I was excited by the fact that the job had so many dimensions, from party wall surveys to house extensions, to law and economics. Mostly I was drawn to the ability to ensure that older buildings are maintained and restored.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

In my job, no two days are ever the same. I never know where I’ll be from one week to the next and every week I visit new places – this job has definitely improved my geography! I get bored easily but I could never get bored of this job because every day I meet new people and visit new buildings, and ultimately, I’m just nosey!

What do you think has had the biggest impact on your career development to date?

Passing my RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and becoming a chartered surveyor had a big impact on my career. Obviously, being promoted is always good, but the whole process greatly improved my knowledge and my confidence. I am now the APC co-ordinator for F+G London and the South East and am involved in helping the new graduates achieve their chartership which is highly challenging but also very rewarding.

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