Why work in building standards

Claire has a degree in architecture

has worked with us for a year as a building standards surveyor.

The one thing I really love about my job… random things!

For example, I received a phone call from the site manager at one of the projects I am overseeing – they’d found a skeleton when digging the foundations. Children living near the site are now saying that it’s an infamous pirate found under the new extension to their school!

Why I love working in Edinburgh's building standards team

Edinburgh has a diverse architectural and cultural scene. It’s not just the world-famous festivals or Edinburgh Castle - we’ve many museums, galleries, theatres and music venues. A unique aspect of my job is being able to see parts of these buildings that very few people ever get to experience. How many people have seen behind the scenes at the Museum of Scotland or the Scottish National Gallery?

Edinburgh’s growth is a great opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in the building standards service. Its population is expected to increase by over 100,000 in the next 20 years so infrastructure will need to grow too.  With the Council’s current plan to build 20,000 social and affordable homes in the next 10 years, there will be plenty of projects to get involved in.

What's great about working for the Council?

One factor in my decision to work with the Council was the chance to play a small part in the development of a city with such a rich architectural heritage. Having studied architecture, I have always been interested in how buildings affect the lives of the people who use them.

I was also drawn by career development opportunities. I started, just over a year ago, in an assistant surveyor role and, within six months, I was promoted to a surveyor role. From CPD courses to support with further education, you get a vast number of opportunities if you have the drive to progress.

What's great about living here?

Living 20 miles outside of Edinburgh, I find the public transport options and commuting links fantastic – a 30 minute train journey gets me straight to the office.

Edinburgh’s a food and drink lover’s dream - from Michelin star restaurants to the wonderful locally produced food served in the many independent cafes and restaurants. Edinburgh has pubs, breweries and distilleries a plenty so there is always a new venue or beverage to try out in those post-work Friday night drinks.

There are also plenty of places within walking distance of the office if you fancy learning a new skill or have a bit of a creative flare. Fantastic if you want to brush up on your existing skills, or try something new!

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