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Location: London

Qualifications: MSc in Real Estate Development (University of Manchester)

I joined the SQW Land and Property team in September 2019 after achieving a distinction in a MSc in Real Estate Development at the University of Manchester. My degree was a general practice MSc which developed my knowledge of all major surveyor disciplines. During my time at university, I thoroughly enjoyed developing my competence in empirical econometric research and applying it to real estate situations. I developed a hedonic pricing model to determine how housing characteristics – including structural, accessibility, and neighbourhood aspects - influenced local house and commercial values. My dissertation assessed the sole influence of BREEAM (accredited ecolabel) on commercial office rental premiums. However, by far my favourite aspect of the masters was a development appraisal and viability module which I believe prepared me well for my current role. This module reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career where I can make a real contribution to regeneration schemes by providing accurate, practical advice.

SQW communicated several clear messages that attracted me to apply for a Graduate Surveyor role: the overarching aim of SQW's work is to make places better; advice is based on sound research methods; and it was evident I would be given the training and support required to become a qualified as a Chartered Member of RICS.

Within my first 6 months in SQW's Land and Property team I have supported a wealth of diverse real estate development projects which was well beyond my initial expectations. I have delivered wide-ranging market reports to evaluate development options such as the regeneration of town centres, and community-led regeneration of multiple housing estates across England. Moreover, I have supported the submission of a full business case for a mixed-use development in the Isle of Wight that included the provision of offices, residential units, and public realm improvements. I have also contributed to the delivery a robust 20-year economic plan for a new sustainable town south of Gatwick Airport. As many of our clients are based within the public-sector, I therefore get a lot of job satisfaction by providing strategic advice to support the delivery of our clients' property and place-making ambitions which will enable local communities to thrive as place to live, work, or visit.