Chris heads up our building surveying team alongside Alan Humphrey. He oversees a wide variety of surveying work, including heritage projects, party walls, planned maintenance, building surveys, insurance and defect diagnosis.
Chris, what is the current big trend in building surveying?
The development of surveying based technologies – anything from drones and 3D cameras to site-based asset management tools. While we need to embrace new technology, we also need to balance this with maintaining our core surveying skills.
We are currently exploring some exciting opportunities to bring surveying together with BIM.
What are the key challenges affecting your industry?
There is a skills shortage in the surveying and construction industry generally, perhaps exacerbated by Brexit, which can create various pressures, like workload and financials etc. We have been lucky enough to acquire some talented individuals, but they are in short supply.
What is your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol. It was a Grade II and II* listed building refurbishment for the University of Bristol, sensitively repairing, upgrading and re-modelling the building so that it could be occupied by the Faculty of Law.
We had to deliver functional and practical education accommodation that meets the needs of today’s students. It was really satisfying to work with our contractor client and the University’s team to deliver the project in the short timescale and get the staff and students back into the building for a new academic year.
What’s the greatest invention ever?
It’s got to be the mountain bike. I’m a keen mountain biker of 20 years.
What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
Travel more. The Volvo estate and mortgage are just around the corner.
- A member and assessor for RICS