Assistant Quantity Surveyor

"I feel privileged to have been involved with such a large, well-managed project, and was guided by a number of experienced colleagues."

With my dad, a chartered civil engineer, and grandad, clerk of works turned building surveyor, I spent early years listening to stories of how building sites used to be, of tradespersons frying eggs on spades, and communal buckets of ‘builders tea’. I enjoyed being shown their previous projects when out and about and knew I wanted to join the construction industry.

I laboured on building sites during college holidays and settled on quantity surveying as my chosen construction profession. The Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying course at Loughborough, sponsored by Kier, suited me best – I could see myself fitting well within the team.

I completed a summer placement with Kier Southern, refurbishing a Grade II listed mansion in Ascot and returned to the project a year later for my placement year, as the team had been awarded additional work on the estate. This was most enjoyable and I really benefited in terms of real world knowledge of the industry and the profession.

Next I spent almost two years with Kier Construction Major Projects on HMP Featherstone 2. I feel privileged to have been involved with such a large, well-managed project, and was guided by a number of experienced colleagues. Following the successful completion of this, I was moved to the King’s Cross development where I worked as an M&E quantity surveyor amongst a great team of people. Although most of it was new to me, I grasped the concepts quickly. On the project I was able to finalise my RICS submission and in November 2013 became chartered, one of my greatest achievements to date as not only was it professionally important, but also made my family very proud.

I continue to enjoy my chosen profession and am proud to work for Kier, a company held within the industry with such high regard as being fair, honest and consistently delivering customer satisfaction in a safe manner. I look forward to the day I can walk my children around King’s Cross and show them what I helped build!

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