We asked Matthew Midwinter, head of our London office and partner in our rating team, a few questions about his career and the London property market.
What was your first ever job?
After graduating from Sheffield Polytechnic, now Sheffield Hallam University, I began my career at the Valuation Office Agency in Leeds. As a graduate surveyor, I was given a large corner office with a desk, chair, landline phone, large ashtray and 200 files to work on. I was told to get on with it – happy days!
What is your favourite building in London, and why?
I am really spoilt for choice for interesting buildings in London so I have listed five of my all-time favourites:
1.Lords – It is an iconic building and is the home of cricket.
2.The Roundhouse, Camden – A great performance venue that has been converted from railway engine sheds in the round.
3.Wembley – or ‘Old Trafford South’ as I like to refer to it, a great stadium with a brilliant atmosphere, especially when Manchester United win the cup!
4.The Green Man, Fitzrovia – This pub is just round the corner from our office and serves the best fish finger butties in London.
5.St Pancras Station – I walk through the building most days and it is a fantastic space.
What is the biggest project that you have been involved in?
The biggest project that I have worked on is developing and growing the Sanderson Weatherall London Office. We have a great team and are definitely moving in the right direction.
What does the future look like in the London property market?
Due to the number of diverse and specialist markets within London this is a hugely difficult question to answer. However, I would say that if I had a crystal ball, I would be a professional gambler and not a surveyor!
If you could give one piece of business advice to your younger self, what would it be?
After working in a number of different roles I would say that the best advice to give myself would be that there are ‘finders’, ‘minders’ and ‘grinders’ in life – make sure you can wear all three hats.
Name three people, dead or alive, that you would pick to work in your team.
I would pick Eric Cantona, Morrissey and Simon Pegg. They are all creative, hardworking, inspirational and incredibly successful. I must admit I have half an eye on how much fun the team bonding days would be..