Published by Becky Freeman
Posted on 4th December 2019
Meet Joel Burt, Quantity Surveyor at Lanview. Below Joel talks about how his career has progressed, the important aspects of his role at Lanview, and how he’s a taxi driver out of work (for his kids!)
What did you do before joining Lanview?
Since graduating with a BSs (hons) degree in Quantity Surveying I’ve worked with a range of construction companies from a small family run building and maintenance contracting company to the largest construction company in the country, Balfour Beatty.
I was with Balfour Beatty for nearly five years in their refurbishment division and worked on a very successful regeneration scheme in partnership with Homes for Islington. The combination of the skills picked up as a quantity surveyor and in gaining invaluable on-site experience has really helped broaden my knowledge of the construction industry as a whole.
What do you do at Lanview?
At Lanview, I work closely with our project director Will Harvey, as part of the principal contractor team. My role is to monitor and manage all contract costs from the outset to the completion of the project at hand. An important aspect of this is to work closely with our client and keep them informed of any potential changes to agreed contract sums. This can involve identifying risk items and potential design changes, which can have a big impact on the costs of a contract. It’s imperative to keep on top of these and communicate promptly with all the parties involved.
Favourite part of your job and why?
Teamwork. I really enjoy working with the whole team at Lanview and it’s something that really stands out here. Everybody has their own roles to undertake, but we often come together to share ideas and skills, which is really beneficial for fulfilling personal and company goals.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I used to play football and rugby in my younger years, but now most of my weekends are taken up by taxiing my children around to their sports clubs! I do however enjoy playing golf in my spare time and try to sneak out for a round as often as I can.