Faithful+Gould Trainee Wins CIOB North East Student of the Year Award

Kimberley Workman
Trainee building surveyor, Chris Armstrong, has won the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) North East Student of the Year Award following his outstanding performance during his HNC in Construction Management.

Chris, who received the award at the celebrated CIOB Summer Ball, was crowned winner out of hundreds of students across the North East. He said: “I’m extremely honoured to win the award. Being recognised for my work in a subject I’m passionate about, is incredibly rewarding.”

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is the world’s largest influential professional body for construction, management and leadership. The organisation works worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of buildings.

The CIOB Summer Ball, this year hosted at Wynyard Hall, takes place to celebrate landmark projects across the region and to honour the success and hard work of young up-and-coming students in the building industry.

Gerry Ruffles, Chris’ course tutor, said: “His work, attitude and grades have been excellent throughout his studying. Chris’ commitment, motivation and the thoroughness of his work has been exemplary and provided inspiration to his fellow students. He has gained Distinction Grades for each of the ten units/modules that make up the HNC; which is a notable achievement in itself.”

This spectacular achievement is not the only honour Chris has received whilst working at Faithful+Gould, he also won the CIOB Student Challenge 2014, working as part of a three-person team.

Duncan Ross Russell, Associate Director and Line Manager to Chris, said: “I’m thrilled that Chris has been chosen for this award; it is testament to the commitment he shows to both his studies and to his work at Faithful+Gould, he is a dedicated member of our team.”

Chris currently works full time at Faithful+Gould, based at the Stockton Office, and goes to college as part of a day release programme, which allows him to develop his skills on real projects that can be applied to his academia.

"...it is testament to the commitment he shows to both his studies and to his work at Faithful+Gould..."

Duncan Ross Russell, Faithful+Gould Associate Director

Chris is now studying for his BSc in Building Surveying at Northumbria University and hopes that in the future he is able to become a chartered building surveyor and help Faithful+Gould expand further as a business.

Ian Cooper, Director at the Stockton Office, said: “We are incredibly proud of what Chris has accomplished in his short time at Faithful+Gould and believe this is just the first of many achievements he will receive as part of his promising career.”

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