Property consultant Eddisons has recruited two new building surveyors to boost the building and project consultancy division at its Newcastle office.
Richard Steedman joins the firm from national building consultancy AA Projects, bringing design and project management experience, particularly in the education sector. He has worked in contract administration roles on a number of improvement projects for academy trusts across the North East, including at New Seaham Academy primary school in County Durham.
Richard is joined by Jonathan Reeder Scott who will work with Eddisons for 18 months as an assistant building surveyor before returning to Northumbria University to undertake the final year of his degree in building surveying. A mature student, Jonathan had eight years’ specialist experience in the asbestos industry before retraining.
Both Richard and Jonathan will work alongside associate director and chartered building surveyor Adam Finch, who launched the firm’s Newcastle office in January last year, and colleague Mike McGoldrick – who joined the team in July 2017.
Eddisons has seen a surge in demand for its building surveying services, following the successful appointment on a number of property frameworks along with increased demand from academy schools and further education colleges that have secured funding for buildings and facilities improvements via the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency.
In the latest round of Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) bids, Eddisons secured almost £15m of capital funding for schools in the North East and across the UK, to improve facilities including dining rooms, playgrounds, changing facilities and sports pitches.
Adam Finch said: “We are really pleased to welcome Richard and Jonathan to the Eddisons team, as their skills compliment the existing team and they will both play vital roles in delivering an increased number of professional surveys and building projects - most notably for our clients in the education sector."
“Richard is highly experienced in working in close professional partnership with schools and this is invaluable to the careful and successful management of projects in the ‘live environment’ of a school or college.”
“Education is a highly rewarding sector to work in and, as a key area of growth for us, we are continuing to build our in-house expertise and will be making further appointments through 2018.”
Eddisons is a multi-disciplinary firm of chartered surveyors that was established in 1844 and operates across the UK.
Adam has worked predominantly in the Education sector for 9 years and has successfully undertaken numerous roles on behalf of academies and Higher Education establishments. These roles include Due Diligence Surveys, Pre Acquisition Surveys, Planned Preventative Maintenance Programmes and Project Management/Contract Administration.
During this time, Adam has gained an excellent reputation within the North East for applying for and securing capital financed projects on behalf of academies from the ESFA. To date, Adam has applied for and successfully delivered circa £40m of refurbishment and new build projects in the academy sector, accruing a number of long term MAT clients.
Away from education, Adam is experienced at undertaking Pre Acquisition Surveys for well known high street retailers on large commercial premises as well as private investors.
Project Management and Contract Administration services are considered to be Adam’s biggest strength, however, Party Wall Matters; Dilapidations and Reinstatement Cost Assessments are regularly undertaken to the satisfaction of our clients. Adam is also responsible for the management of 4 Building Surveyors and the day to day operations of the Newcastle office.
In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing golf, frequenting the gym, swimming and spending time with his family and friends.