Faithful+Gould Trainee Wins CIOB Student Award

Kimberley Workman
Chris Armstrong, trainee building surveyor, has won the prestigious Chartered Institute of Building 2014 North East Student Challenge Award.

Chris Armstrong, who started at Faithful+Gould in October 2013, had only three weeks as part of a three-person team to answer a brief that was set from a real project. The project was the restricted construction of a new build 50-bed two-storey care home on a Brownfield site in a heavily and diversely populated area.

Chris and his team, who are all currently studying for their HNC Construction Management at Sunderland College, stood out from the rest of the entrants due to their detailed consideration of how the project would impact on the environment and local community. The judges were particularly impressed with their in-depth research into construction elements such as site management, layout, access and egress and public consultation and also how they challenged the brief, proposing more viable solutions.

Chris, who is looking to eventually study a degree in building surveying, said: "This award has given me a great confidence boost in respect of pursuing a long-lasting career within the construction industry. The challenge was quite intense due to the tight timescales and high volume of work involved, but I feel it was worth it purely on the amount I learnt within those few weeks."

"This award has given me a great confidence boost in respect of pursuing a long-lasting career within the construction industry."

Chris Armstrong, Faithful+Gould's Trainee Building Surveyor

As part of the building surveying team at Faithful+Gould, Chris provides practical assistance to the senior building surveyors, helping to deliver different aspects of a project on time and on budget. Toby Ware, senior building surveyor, said: "Since he started at the company, Chris has impressed all of us with his astuteness, drive and attention to detail; therefore it has come as no surprise that he has won this accolade. We’re very proud that he has been recognised and rewarded for his hard work by the CIOB."

"Chris has impressed all of us with his astuteness, drive and attention to detail..."

Toby Ware, Faithful+Gould's Senior Building Surveyor

Chris continued: "Faithful+Gould has always been incredibly supportive and has a keen interest in both my personal development and education at Sunderland College. Without their support I don’t feel I would have had the confidence to actively participate in this event. I am now looking forward to putting what I have learnt from this challenge and my studying into practice at Faithful+Gould."

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