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My Work Experience at Ashe

Below is Georgie Bramwell’s summary of her experience with Ashe and the different activities she undertook during her time with us:

“I am currently in sixth form at Bedford Modern School, moving into year 13 to sit my A-level exams. I contacted Ashe in relation to gaining some work experience during the summer. Being interested in quantity surveying, I believed Ashe would provide me with the perfect opportunity in which I would not only get a better understanding of the wide array of roles involved within construction, but further understand what a normal day in the office looks like.

During my week at Ashe I attended meetings and worked alongside the quantity surveyors which involved skills such as measuring, applying data to CVR’s (cost value reports) visiting site to meet with site managers and remaining updated on the current progress of projects. I visited sites which were at different stages of construction, such as the new £5.6m start up office facilities in Raunds, a new £15m Jaguar Land Rover dealership in North London and the completed £25m Park Plaza development, which comprised the construction of 202 flats, in Stevenage.

During my first day at ASHE I met with Richard Clay (Finance Director) where we had a brief meeting in which we discussed the week ahead and what I should anticipate. This was followed up with a tour around the office. I attended the estimating and project delivery meeting which occurs every Monday, reviewing the week prior and outlining areas of attention. I further met Lisa from the Human Resources department where I had a company induction which was followed up by Peter from the Health and Safety team in regard to site rules and instructions.

On my second day, I spent some time looking through the architect’s drawings and images of the Jaguar Land Rover site at Staples Corner ahead of my site visit there on Thursday. This insight made me aware of the progression rate and the sheer attention to detail involved to complete the building to the required standard. Later, I accompanied James Brandon (Managing Surveyor) to the modern Park Plaza project in Stevenage which is now completed, alongside the site manager Lucy, and Catherine, a member of the aftercare team, who outlined defects/snagging to be followed up.

I drove to the Raunds site on Wednesday in Wellingborough prior to the steel frame going up, and where completion is set to be in April 2020. Here I met Lorna Hayes the Senior Quantity Surveyor. We also met the site manager Andy Pacey who updated us on the progress and what was planned for the next few weeks. Further to this we went back to the site to complete a typed evaluation which updates the client over a given time period about the site progression and cash flow documentation. I later attended a sub-contract pre-order meeting with Jordan Robbens, who is a quantity surveyor.

On day four, I headed straight out to the Jaguar Land Rover site at Staples Corner, North London with Michael Logue, Quantity Surveyor. We looked around the impressive five storey building which has a rooftop car park, workshop facilities and a premium showroom. I understood the different building aspects and witnessed the final details before completion which is set to be in September. Once back to the office, I completed a drylining measure looking at the different wall types and calculating totals.

Friday, being my last day at the office, I firstly attended a sub-contract final account meeting in which lasted the majority of the morning. This was interesting because one could see the final costs being agreed to. I spent some time after this meeting noting down any last questions I had regarding my visit to Ashe and writing up this report. I had a short meeting with Richard in which we concluded the week and discussed what I was to take forward from my time at Ashe.

I thoroughly enjoyed my week spent at Ashe. I learnt how team work and communication are key skills which are used in the office daily. I felt very welcomed by the team and enjoyed developing a good understanding of the whole construction process, in particular the role of a quantity surveyor and the responsibility that follows. I hope to later pursue a career in construction after I have completed my A-levels. I appreciate the time taken to organise my visit and I look forward to getting in contact with Ashe in the near future.”