Why work in building standards

Dougie's construction industry experience

was invaluable in becoming a senior building standards surveyor

The one thing I really love about my job...

The job is very interesting. I’ve had the pleasure of working on many large, interesting and challenging projects such as the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, the conversion of the old Infirmary Street baths to Dovecot Tapestry Studios and the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Why I love working in Edinburgh's building standards team

I joined the team after working for 12 years as a plumbing tradesman and in management for a mid-sized Edinburgh building company. As I had a mortgage and young family to support, it was daunting to leave a safe, secure job. But, it turned out to be the perfect job. It's great to say after 29 years in this department that I still enjoy my job.

Initially, I was a drainage inspector which tapped into my knowledge of building construction. A reorganisation in the service gave me the opportunity to diversify into building warrant appraisal and inspections. The team is also involved in liquor licensing applications, houses in multiple occupation building warrants, unauthorised works, unsafe Buildings. Each day can deliver something different.

The recent change in the team with new managers and more surveyors and trainees has brought fresh ideas and work practices which are currently being introduced to improve performance standards.

What's great about working for the Council?

The service encourages and supports us in our professional progression and there are always opportunities for promotions. I’ve studied an HNC in Building HNC at the local college, then progressed to a BSc Honours in Building from Glasgow Caledonian University. I’ve since undertaken self-study to become a chartered surveyor (MRICS) and have progressed to be a senior building standards surveyor.

Our offices in East Market Street are situated in the hub of Edinburgh Life. It gives me great pride that building standards and planning colleagues have contributed so much to our great city and to the Edinburgh skyline, culture and welfare.

Building standards surveyors are a very employable commodity throughout the UK - there are fewer than 250  in Scotland.

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