Ray Cottrell

Associate PM and Cost Consultant

From a professional quantity surveying background, Ray is one of a kind at Stride Treglown.

Ray is our cost and project manager. Having drifted into the practice (his own words) some 20 years ago, he advises on contract administration, cost management and project management.

What are the key challenges affecting cost management?

Brexit goes without saying because of the uncertainty it brings, but particularly in cost management and budgeting because it’s become difficult to predict long term.

There is also a lot of new technology coming into the industry, so it’s becoming increasingly more challenging to predict the cost of things that have never been done before. With such a climate of uncertainty, it’s difficult to convince people that they have value for money.

Do you have a favourite project you’ve worked on?

Richard Rogers designed the Lloyds of London building, which I worked on back in the 80’s. The toilet pods were on the outside of the building and they were manufactured offsite before being hoisted into position.

This concept was pioneering for its time and the use of stainless steel gave the design a 100 year life span. It’s a landmark building and I can still go back to it now and know that it stood the test of time.

What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

When I was 20 I lacked a lot of confidence and I wasn’t sure where I was going. At that stage it’s important to have some sort of road map down for yourself. Decide what you enjoy doing and run with it. Try and combine what you love doing into your vocational pursuits, and maybe then you can pursue a career you enjoy.

What is the greatest invention ever?

The optical lens. Our perspective of the world was changed entirely by this invention, from Galileo looking through a telescope to our ability to look at the micro world. Without medical instruments, astronomical tools, and cameras, where would we be today?

What is your favourite book?

I read a lot of non-fiction because I like to accumulate knowledge and one that stuck with me was ‘Book of the Hopi’ by Frank Walters. It’s about a North American Indian tribe who regarded themselves as the first inhabitants of North America. The book explores the Hopi world view and it made me look at my own attitude to life. I’m always glad I read it and I’d suggest it to anyone.

Industry Bodies:
  • Member of RICS
  • Association of Project Management
  • Association for Project Safety