The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a group to provide more opportunities for those working in the North East’s construction sector.
RICS has formed the North East Building Surveying Group, headed by chartered building surveyor Kenneth Kelly, to meet and discuss issues that are important to the industry, as well as to increase members’ knowledge to ultimately benefit business.
Chairman Mr Kelly, a senior lecturer at Northumbria University who teaches the BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course, is also keen to bring new members onto the committee.
He said: “We can offer affordable seminars to help those working in the built environment sectors progress professionally.
“We currently have a small committee who has done a great job organising our first seminar.
“But we need additional committee members to help us roll-out more of our events and ensure our region’s professionals have the right skill set to keep up with the changing market and increase their business potential.”
The first meeting of the group, on Wednesday, May 13, will be an hour-long seminar delivered by Neil Delve, Northern Regional Account Manager for Alumasc Exterior Products, to discuss the key considerations to take into account when designing a green/garden roofing system.
Various other seminars are being planned and the group welcome suggestions for seminar topics from those working in the built environment.
The group also plans to host informal networking events to enable inter-professionals to meet and gain useful business contacts.
Mr Kelly added: “The property industry changes so quickly, so it’s important that those who work in the built environment not only continue to develop their knowledge and expertise, but also increase their business contacts as this can often lead to new business leads and opportunities.”
The first meeting on May 13 will be held in room A101 at Northumbria University from 5.30pm and members of RICS as well as non-members are welcome. Places are £6 per person.
Anyone interested in being a committee member or wanting to register interest for details on the RICS North East Building Surveying Group’s future events can contact Helen Whitfield at RICS on 0191 2211515.