Do you like to sit and doodle amazing structures, or wonder just where that leak in a roof is coming from? Maybe you’re just the biggest Lego addict known to man! Whatever it is that interests you, there’s a good chance that somewhere within the Built Environment industry, there’s a future career for you…
At its most extreme, a career working within the built environment could as easily have you working in the Antarctic as the desert – helping to preserve historical buildings or designing and building a brand new airport.
Munday + Cramer have forty years’ experience in delivering a range of professional services within the built environment, including:
- Building surveying
- Architectural services
- Project Management
- Facilities Management
Munday + Cramer work within both the public and private sectors, serving a diverse client-base, and more importantly; working with buildings of all shapes and sizes. Our core areas of work include:
Within our growing practice, we always have opportunities for new entrants to any of the services that we offer. In recent years, we have been highly successful in establishing and developing Degree Apprenticeship roles across the building surveying and architectural professions, in conjunction with local universities.
To help guide you along the path of various careers, we have provided below some information around each of the core professions that our business offers.
Any aspect of the built environment is a critical (and usually high-value) investment, and an asset that needs safeguarding – both in commercial terms and to retain its functionality and fitness for purpose. Surveyors shape the way we live. From our towns and cities to our streets and homes, they help create safer, better, happier communities.
More than 100 different types of surveyor in property, land construction and infrastructure keep traffic flowing, water running and people moving. They shape our roads, bridges and tunnels, our skyscrapers, stations and stadiums. They shape our futures too, regenerating deprived areas and planning smart cities, while pioneering safer, more sustainable and more environmentally-friendly building methods.
The role of a surveyor is to guide construction and development projects. They also provide professional advice on matters such as the structural integrity of a property or its value.
As a surveyor, you’ll work closely with a range of other professionals such as architects and engineers, bankers and ecologists, town planners and property developers. You’ll also have access to the latest technologies in your chosen field: for example, you could be involved in flying drones to map land and measure buildings, creating virtual reality models of buildings, or using big data to tackle global issues such as climate change, migration and urbanisation.
Other activities typically found in surveyors’ job descriptions could include:
- Ensuring that new-build properties comply with building regulations, accessibility specifications and health and safety requirements
- Assessing structural damage and recommending building repairs
- Advising on the energy efficiency and environmental impact of a property
- Inspecting buildings for insurance purposes and ensuring they meet relevant legal requirements
- Researching land records and other sources of information that may relate to a property
- Advising clients on boundary disputes, planning applications and the maintenance of existing structures
- Managing budgets and dealing with conservation or improvement grants, and
- Planning conservation projects for historic buildings.
The role of a surveyor is nicely captured within this video, produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors:
Munday + Cramer’s building surveyors work across a diverse range of property portfolio holders both within the public and private sector to monitor, maintain and enhance properties and the associated management decisions that must be made on a day-to-day basis. Our building surveyors provide a full range of services for clients including:
- Building and acquisition surveys
- Forensic examinations for defective buildings and/or works
- Project feasibility studies
- Grant/funding applications
- Building usage audits
- Project management/delivery
- Planned maintenance audits and reporting
- Strategic asset management consultancy
- Party wall advice
- Expert witness
Combining creative and scientific skills, architects are tasked with designing plans and technical drawings for the construction of buildings.
With responsibility for the safe construction and long-term durability of houses and commercial properties crucial to the role, it’s no wonder that architects have to go through a rigorous process to become fully qualified.
To succeed as an architect, you’ll need analytical skills and excellent attention to detail, as well as creativity for designing. Day-to-day, the role is very diverse, and could include activities such as:
- Creating hand sketches, 3D models and technical plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
- Creating plans that follows building laws, safety regulations and are within budget
- Developing specifications for works and tendering to contractors to gain accurate pricing for projects
- Managing construction projects, choose materials and visit sites to check on progress
- Writing reports and job proposals and complete planning applications
- Communicing and sharing ideas with clients, other architects and architectural technologists and technicians.
At Munday + Cramer, our Architects and Technicians design a range of buildings and projects – from simple domestic extensions to large new buildings such as medical practices and school buildings. No two projects are ever the same, with a diverse range of challenges to overcome in every single project.
Munday + Cramer offer a total project management service, providing comprehensive resources to deliver new-build and refurbishment construction projects across a range of sectors within the built environment.
As with architectural design, projects are developed following extensive development of a detailed brief, understanding the exacting needs of our clients in order to put in to place the most relevant project delivery strategy to fulfil those needs and ensure a successful project.
Within any project, our underlying focus is concentrated on the following key areas:
Project Management, as a career, offers a diverse range of opportunities. Whilst our Project Managers work within the built environment industry, many skills are transferable to other sectors/disciplines. In the most basic terms, the role of a project manager is to lead teams and keep projects on budget and time. Construction project managers control the time, cost and quality of construction projects, from residential, commercial and industrial buildings to roads, bridges and schools. They plan and coordinate all aspects of the construction process, including hiring contractors and working with engineers, architects and vendors. A single manager might oversee an entire construction project, or multiple managers might oversee specific aspects of a larger project.
Project managers also assess the site to ensure it meets health and safety requirements, interface with the customer and report on progress and serve as a resource for workers they manage.
All organisations depend on a combination of functions and services in order to attain the level of support that is required of its core operations within the business. Making sure that this support is readily available in the best form possible, and at an appropriate cost, is the coverage of facilities management. This particular aspect of a business is something that is often given the highest priority.
Facilities Management is a field that encompasses multiple disciplines, working to offer comfort, functionality, efficiency, and safety in an established built environment. These environments come in the form of infrastructure, buildings and grounds, and real estate.
What Do Facility Managers Do?
The person behind facilities management is called a Facilities Manager. They may also be known in other names and titles, and may come from different backgrounds and career paths. The primary responsibility of a Facilities Manager is to ensure that the systems of an environment work in harmony with one another. Their role is vital since they prioritise the safety, comfort, sustainability, and productivity of the core and places where people work and spend most of their time.
Working hand-in-hand with our Building Surveyors, Munday + Cramer offer a full range of Facilities Management solutions; both consultancy and physical delivery to assist our clients in the delivery of operational solutions to maintain and manage their building portfolios.
Through an intelligent Computer-Aided FM (CAFM) system and 24/7 manned helpdesk, integrated with our in-depth knowledge of buildings and facilities, our FM solution helps clients to make real savings throughout the operation of their building portfolios. They also gain peace of mind, as all work is delivered by an approved supply-chain.
Career Opportunities with Munday + Cramer
With a wide-range of services, delivered to an equally diverse client-base, Munday + Cramer offers fantastic career opportunities for all sorts of individuals. As a business, we work regularly with schools, supporting career events, seminars and offering work experience opportunities. We have had numerous long-term staff be recruited following work experience weeks!
We have been involved in providing Degree Apprenticeships for five years, having provided three of the earliest cohort members nationally for the RICS’ Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship courses. Munday + Cramer expect our first apprentice to attain MRICS qualification in 2023, just 5 years after leaving school. We are currently working with our local secondary schools to find our next apprentice. What’s more, we are also planning to re-run our ‘you’re hired’ event as mentioned below.
We have successfully delivered a wide range of school engagement sessions for students and would welcome the opportunity to repeat such activities as those that we jointly undertook along with staff from the DfE/ESFA and RICS.