|We’re still celebrating our Construction Role Models here at Trident, after UK Construction Week recognised three members from the business as people in the sector who have shown exceptional behaviour in the construction industry, from both technical and personal perspectives. Pete Ewbank is the associate director of our Manchester team, leading the office through particular difficulties whilst also working on projects and instructions in his own remit as a qualified building surveyor – which he achieved in his own time, on his own terms.|
Why did you swap careers?
I have always been interested in property and construction, so started off as an Architectural Technician but my interests soon developed from sitting in an office drawing up plans of buildings, to going on site carrying out a variety of surveys, inspections, managing construction work as well as office-based work. I couldn’t continue like that, so I decided to pursue a career in building surveying; I enjoyed the wide variety of surveying and site-based work, as well as office-based activities, which the role of a building surveyor had to offer. I still enjoy the challenges we deal with from building issues discovered on surveys, to working with clients and delivering projects to meet our clients’ requirements.
So would you say that you need to be busy?
Yes – it’s only Wednesday morning and I’ve already produced a fee proposal to refurbish 81 bedrooms in a local hotel in Manchester, which will be an interesting project for our office! I also love the variety my job has to offer. Every day is different. I tend to get bored easily, but this job never is as things are always evolving. I am glad to be involved in every aspect of the job from the workload to dealing with clients, managing fee forecasts, invoicing and, of course, staff supervision. I’m involved in the APC process with our graduate surveyors, acting as their APC counsellor – there is a lot going on to keep my working week interesting!
It has been reported that the construction industry is slowing down. Would you recommend a career in construction right now?
I would say if you have an interest in property and construction and are considering joining the profession, there is a lot of hard work ahead to get chartered, but it is definitely worth it – it’s very rewarding. Becoming a chartered building surveyor opens lots of doors and gives you good opportunities to work for some great companies and clients, both in the UK and worldwide.