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Meet Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark / 3 Feb, 20

Lauren Clark is a building surveyor in our Newcastle office having joined us on an apprentice scheme from Northumbria University in 2018. We recently sat down with Lauren to ask her a few questions about surveying and her experiences at SW so far.

Tell us a bit about how you got into surveying…

I always loved geography at school and college and didn’t think it would open much opportunity to me until going to a career adviser who pointed me into the world of construction, which I never imagined I would consider. I came across the building surveying role and loved the idea of the range of opportunity’s that I could be involved with, especially identifying problems in the built environment and being able to advise and assist with how to rectify a range of issues.

What attracted you to apply at SW?

A tutor at my previous college had expressed her valuable experience from SW and after getting in touch with SW to find out more, I became aware of the opportunities for young people wanting to get into the world of surveying careers.

What does your average day look like?

I’d struggle to start the morning without a coffee first! Whether I am in the office or on-site, one thing that I love is that no two days are the same. Sometimes I could be out conducting surveys on a range of buildings, or back in the office writing up findings from site visits, reports, documenting surveys, liaising with clients and dealing with enquiries. There will be days where I could be acting as contract administrator on projects and others, where I could be reviewing a condition of a building, it’s incredibly varied.

“York Minster has to be one of my favourite buildings, it is beautiful and has scoped a lot of history, disaster and maintenance throughout its time.”

Lauren Clark - Apprentice Building Surveyor

What social opportunities have you had at SW?

Since I have been at SW I have had plenty of opportunities outside of the working environment to be sociable with other young professionals, including a variety of RICS events and Women in Property events which have been in the likes of quiz’s, charity events, seminars etc.

What’s one of the most interesting things you’re working on at the moment?

One of my main roles/responsibilities is managing the maintenance and repairs of Northumbrian Waters’ portfolio of residential properties, this gives a range of experience from liaising with tenants, refurbishing properties, planning repair works and conducting defect and condition surveys.

I am currently working on preparing a contract for some new roofing works and alterations to a commercial unit in Gateshead.

Outside of SW & Property, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Outside of work and studying, I love being active by going to the gym and walking – particularly at home in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales! I’ve always loved exploring new places, especially where there is food and drink, and occasionally I’ll learn a new tune on the sax!

What three words would you use to describe SW?

Diverse, opportunities & challenging.

You can get in touch with Lauren on 0191 269 0113 or at lauren.clark@sw.co.uk.

To find out more about working at SW please click here.

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