2019 at Trident

It was our twentieth anniversary last year, so this year in comparison has been a little quieter. But that does not mean we’ve slowed down by any means.

January started with our executive director Matt announcing our corporate membership into the Fire Protection Agency, further strengthening our fire management and safety services. We’re striving to change how we deal with the risk of fire in construction, and with this change the industry’s outlook too.

We continued to expand our offering in February when we celebrated Birmingham’s associate director Richard Crow becoming a registered expert witness. The RICS accreditation was one of only four awarded this year!In February, we finally launched our Instagram page. To complement our LinkedIn and Twitter pages, our Instagram shows what we get up to through the week – it turns out our guys see all sorts on their adventures.

It looks suspicious but we actually went to Cannes for MIPIM – although the photos did look great on the ‘gram. Our crack team of consultants (Scott Young, Dan Roe, Dan Wade, Vicky Green, Daksha Mistry and Matt Clare) joined the 25,000 property professionals to discuss innovation, technology and social changes in the industry.

April brought news that we had been chosen as one of Property Week’s top 50 best places to work in property in the UK. We wouldn’t have achieved it without our fantastic staff, some of whom – Claire Wightman, Mark Sweeney, Will FitzPatrick, Pete Ewbank, Dervise Aziz, Joshua Pearce, Andrew Hill and Alex Wallis – received promotions a month later.

Trident team
UK Construction Week shortlisted three of our staff as Construction Role Models in June, supporting the slightly biased theory that we have the best team. Daksha Mistry, Richard Crow and Pete Ewbank were all nominated for their excellent work and practices in the industry.

We were able to toast another three of our surveyors on passing their APC examinations in June. Earlier in the month, we hosted a special APC Day with Jon Lever, who taught hacks and skills for the assessments. Phillipa Burgin, Adam Bray and Luke Field all passed their competencies to become members of the RICS.

As with every September, we had our annual Trident Day – this year in Leeds. The sun shone, games were played, fun was had. Later that month, we broke into the top 150 consultants in the UK as well as the top 50 surveying practices, as judged by Building.com. Not a bad start to the school year at all.

Steptober contenders
LandAid teamed up with our long-time client M7 Real Estate Ltd to organise this year’s Steptober, where we pitted ourselves against a number of our companies to try and walk the farthest. It, unsurprisingly, become very competitive and records may have been broken.

Our social responsibility was also cemented by our initiation into Real Estate Balance, committing Trident to supporting gender balance in the construction industry. We are humbled to be given this opportunity and will strive to hold ourselves accountable for our actions.

Jordan Clarke, Cameron McMaster, Usmaan Mehboob, Pritesh Patel, Christian Watkins and Matt Handley

The year ended with five more of our surveying staff passing their APC examinations to become chartered surveyors. Congratulations to Jordan Clarke, Cameron McMaster, Usmaan Mehboob, Pritesh Patel and Christian Watkins – all those hours finally paid off! They were all promoted to chartered building surveyors, alongside Matt Handley, who became a senior building surveyor after passing his APC last year.

What a year, and what a decade! Thank you to all who helped us succeed this year, and we hope to see you in 2020.

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