Cathal Collins is a Building Surveyor in the EK London team.
Cathal (known by his teammates as Cal) has recently been announced as our Sports and Events Champion, and in his spare time enjoys arranging social activities for his colleagues. In the future Cathal is hoping to reach out to our clients once restrictions have been fully lifted, hosting entertaining networking events…Watch this space for axe-throwing and wine-tasting, although not at the same time.
Q Cal, what made you decide to become a Building Surveyor?
Like many surveyors, I have always been ‘geekishly’ interested in UK architecture and history. That led to me wanting to specialise in maintaining and restoring old buildings. I have a love for Classical, Georgian and Victorian era properties and spend a lot of my time trying to spot features of buildings where these have been combined. It’s surprisingly hard to spot the difference between a mock and an original due to the quality of the workmanship.
I love working with buildings of all types and the wide variety of people you get to work with in the course of day-to-day building surveying. I’d recommend becoming a building surveyor to anyone.
Q. What is the most unexpected discovery you’ve made on a site visit?
I guess that would have to be when I was working as a Project Manager on a Cemetery Gatehouse Restoration Project. The property had been neglected for what seemed like half a century. We discovered both wet rot, dry rot in several areas, along with a family of foxes in the roof and a cat in the eaves – all surprisingly living in harmony!
Q. What has been your proudest surveying job or project to date?
My proudest project to date was overseeing a £1 million external façade restoration on the Cadogan Estate. I worked with a very skilled and dedicated team comprising property managers, contractors and the client of course. All of us thoroughly enjoyed this project and that genuine team effort really came across in the results. I was very proud as we delivered an extremely high standard of work at completion.
Q. What is your favourite building in the world?
The Leadenhall Building in the City of London – so much so that I worked on it as a case study for my design module at University. It’s a pretty amazing feat of modern architecture where the interlocking steel structure sits on the external façade, directing the building’s loads to a massive piled foundation, rather than as a concrete core which is traditional in skyscrapers. Fascinating stuff!
Q. Describe EK in 5 words!
Efficient, Flexible, Approachable, Driven and Dedicated!
To get in touch with Cathal, send him an email or call the London office on 020 3667 1510.
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EK Cotswolds Office
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