We interview Tom Hargreaves, a Senior Chartered Building Surveyor, based in the Preston Office.
Tom, describe a typical working day?
As Team Leader for the Commercial Building Surveying team my working day is varied to say the least with time spent across both our offices! Typically I liaise with members of the team, report on progress and resources to the Partners whilst travelling up and down the country carrying out dilapidations inspections, acquisition surveys and providing project management services in relation to refurbishment of my clients’ existing portfolios.
At present, I spend part of my working week managing a large warehouse fit out in Burnley and some time in London working on 2 No. new build residential schemes which are both interesting schemes, but completely different!
Any business or personal highlights you would like to share with us?
There have been many highlights in my relatively short career so far, but somewhere near the top would be gaining full chartered membership in 2011, delivering a 34 No. unit new build housing scheme last year for the local housing association here in Preston (the largest residential scheme the Association and Anderton Gables have delivered to date), along with delivering a prestigious head office refurbishment scheme on Preston docks for the same client with input from interior designers.
What do you most enjoy about working for the company?
I have been working with the company for 2 years now. I can honestly say it’s a great place to work with some great people and a great variety of work, which keeps every day different! Where have the last 2 years gone!
What do you do in your spare time? Any interesting hobbies?
During my spare time I am an avid follower of football and keen Blackburn Rovers fan, although my love for them has been severely tested of late! Aside from football, I like to get out on my bike and attend a local fitness class whenever I can.
Between all of the above I am busy planning my wedding due to take place next year, although some might say not so much planning, but more being told what is happening!