Why work in building standards

Kevin studied architecture and urbanism

to postgraduate level at Edinburgh College of Art.

The one thing I really love about my job …

Although our main role as a building standards surveyor is to keep the public safe in the built environment, we get involved at all stages during the lifespan of a building from design, construction and use through to demolition.

Why I love working in Edinburgh's building standards team

Having spent all my life in Edinburgh, I’ve been influenced by its charm and character from a very early age. My degrees allowed me to study the range of building styles the city offers. This is a passion I’ve carried through to my professional life with the Council.

Although Edinburgh is known for its historic buildings, I’ve also had the chance to work on several modern projects. Seeing how modern buildings interact with historic ones continues to fascinate me - you see differing methods of construction every day while working with other professionals at the peak of their chosen field.

What’s great about working for the council?

One of the benefits that the whole team seems to enjoy is the work/life balance. Some colleagues have come from private sector backgrounds where this equilibrium is hard to strike. Although it can take a bit of getting used to, benefits such as flexi-time and remote/mobile working make it possible to balance work and play and have some ownership of my working day.

The team comes from a huge variety of backgrounds and brings different knowledge which is invaluable to my progression. Despite everyone being busy, someone is always available to discuss a design or the interpretation of a regulation.

An additional draw with the Council is the variety of work. Our team is currently going through changes. I often have to balance my time between site visits, validating plans and attending working groups which are developing our service and the way we work. No two days are ever the same.

What’s great about living here

With our office being based a stone’s throw from Waverley Station, you’re right in the heart of the city with easy transport routes to all parts of the Edinburgh and beyond. I split my commute between train and bike, using the cycle park beneath the office, and often make use of the on-site gym before starting work.

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