Dave Sheridan tells us how he first got into the industry as a QS and why the government needs to do more to prioritise building on brownfield land.
Q. How did you get into the construction industry?
A. My first job in construction was as a quantity surveyor.
My interest in the job was first sparked by a guy who I played football with. He turned up in a brand new company car, was always well dressed and what struck me most was that he was always enthusiastic about his job.
He was working as a QS so I thought that sounds like the job for me too! I’d recommend a QS job to anyone who wants to get an excellent understanding of the construction industry.
Q. What is the best thing about it?
A. The people and the projects make construction the greatest industry in the world.
The passion people have for construction is what makes the industry so exciting.
There is nothing more satisfying than being able to bring years of expertise to a job to make a client’s dreams and drawings a reality.
The variety of schemes we work on is what excites me at Keepmoat as no two schemes are the same. We build new homes, refurbish old homes, offer repairs and maintenance and have a pioneering sustainability division.
Q. If you could change one thing what would it be?
A. As a housebuilder one of the things that frustrates me is the rush to dig up the Green Belt.
As a company we currently build 95 per cent of new homes on brownfield land. Not only do we feel an obligation to make the best of Britain’s limited supply of land, but we are passionate about investing in communities and regenerating neighbourhoods so inner cities and urban areas aren’t just left to decline and decay.
We believe the government should do more to prioritise building on brownfield land.
A. How can we encourage more young people to join the construction industry?
A. As an industry we need to work more closely with schools and local authority educational leaders to get young people to choose construction as a career.
Construction is sometimes seen as receptacle for hard to reach students or for short- term vocational fixes.
At Keepmoat 20 per cent of our workforce is apprentices and I am very proud of the fact that this year we opened our first ever centre of excellence to show our commitment to training the next generation of construction talent.