Mark Sheridan works in our valuation and commercial agency teams and is head of our Bristol office.
What was your first ever job?
My first ever job was a paper round, I did one on Saturdays and one on Sundays. Unfortunately the £12 weekly wage didn’t buy me very much.
My first surveying job was as a placement student at Sanderson Weatherall in Leeds, I have since worked in our Newcastle office for a year before moving back to Leeds again and setting up in Bristol almost five years ago.
What is your favourite building in the South West, and why?
There are so many buildings to choose from in Bristol, from Georgian and Regency buildings in Clifton to the Georgian Squares (such as Queen Square where our office is) or The Wills Memorial Building which tops many lists.
But I am going to go for a building that hasn’t even been built yet – The Bristol Arena. In my view this will be the first piece of truly modern architecture in Bristol and I hope it will be a sign of things to come.
What does the future look like in the South West property market?
I think we have reason to be positive in Bristol. No matter what your view is on Brexit (and we still don’t really know how this is affecting us) – we are a strong regional city with established retail, office and industrial markets all of which are presently performing well. Bristol prides itself as a creative centre, which is a growing part of the office market in the city and I can see this complimenting the established financial and professional services sector. We also have a strong residential market with higher than average (for UK regions) house prices and the city is often featured in polls as one of the top places to live in the UK. In addition are two large, well respected universities and resultantly a good student development/investment market.
The city is also carrying out highways / infrastructure improvements (Metrowest / Metrobus), whilst the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (incl Bristol Arena and re-modelling of Temple Meads train station), which is increasingly being brought into public ownership for re-development and will improve what is an important gateway into the city.
We are also set to enjoy quicker journey times to London through the electrification of the rail line, which many consider will have a positive effect on the city and property market.
What one thing would you change to influence the future of the South West property market?
A contentious issue in the Bristol area – bring the various local authorities together (at least in some form) to aide decision making on matters which affect the region, in particular infrastructure projects such as the future of road and rail.
If you could give one piece of business advice to your younger self, what would it be?
I am still only young but I would say that property is a people business – your colleagues, managers, clients and other professionals are all key to this. Ensure you are making a good impression and remember that even the first people you meet on your course at University, or your first day at work could become an important contact in years to come.
Name three people, dead or alive, that you would pick to work in your team.
In my team I have picked people I think are great managers but also team players.
Sir Alex Ferguson – He would certainly have a story and of course teach me a thing or two about managing a team.
Sir Richard Branson – We need a good businessman in there.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel – A local hero – he could have a second go at sorting out the transport systems in Bristol and the South West!