Chartered Institute of Building award for CCD’s Rob Lowe
August 1, 2016 /
After completing his A-levels in 2010 Rob joined CCD as an architectural technologist. Rob has now returned to CCD Architects as a building surveyor after spending two years at Nottingham Trent University where he achieved a First Class Honours degree and was awarded the Chartered Institute of Building Student of the Year Award for the East Midlands region. He now plans to further his studies and qualify as a chartered surveyor through the industry’s professional body, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Before studying at University, Rob developed his interest in surveying at CCD and completed a BTEC and Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment at the Guernsey College of Further Education, achieving a distinction in both courses. We asked him a few questions about what it’s like to study to be a building surveyor:
Tell us about the degree course and what your favourite part was?
Because of my existing qualifications and experience at CCD I joined the second year of the building surveying BSc (Hons) course at Nottingham Trent University and completed the degree in two years. I chose the course at NTU because it is one of the best in the UK and I had a keen interest in its heritage and conservation module. Working on a real life project was definitely the highlight for me – The Brewhouse Yard Museum – a row of interconnected 17th century terraced cottages, part of the larger multi-million pound Nottingham Castle project. NTU final year building surveyors were tasked with doing a measured survey of the property, as well as producing a condition report and disability audit. We then produced a sketch scheme that fulfilled Nottingham City Council’s brief.
Why did you decide to study building surveying?
From a young age I have always been interested in problem solving. Whilst working at CCD I was involved in measured surveying which I really enjoyed. I became involved in building pathology, which seeks to study the relationship of building materials and construction services with their environments, occupants and contents, and my interest in historic buildings developed. I therefore decided to change the focus of my career, from being a trainee architectural technologist, to attending university to study building surveying.
What are you most looking forward about working at CCD again?
I love the variety of buildings we get to work on here; historic buildings are fascinating because they’re all unique and have their own character and story to tell. This job also allows me to be involved in part of the history of the island which is great. The one-off, high-end houses provide amazing opportunities as we get to push the design boundaries on remarkable sites across Guernsey; that is something which I’m proud to be a part of.
Other than qualifying as a RICS chartered surveyor, what are your future plans?
Once I have completed my assessment of professional competence and become a chartered surveyor I hope to take on more responsibilities in the office such as working on large scale condition surveys or managing works on site. I may then look to specialise in one area of the profession and get my master’s degree. I would also hope to see myself in a managerial role at some point in the future.
What is your favourite Guernsey building?
This is a very tough question! There are many that I like for different reasons, but I think my dream place to live in Guernsey would be Moulin de Haut. This site is second to none. It’s remote, nestled in a valley, surrounded by its own little forest, with a stream running through the site and gardens. The property is stunning with a large main house and lots of outbuildings. Part of the main house dates back to the 1600s and still has some of the original features. It has recently been refurbished by CCD, restoring some of the original character of the building, for example, thatching the 1600s building.