Hi my name is Stephen Hodgson. I started my career as a trainee quantity surveyor for Wimpey Construction UK Ltd, Nottingham working on large housing developments. If you can remember feet and inches and an office full of comptometers calculating your dimensions then you can see how the industry and technology have changed beyond recognition. Can you imagine working out over 300 foundations to final account using nothing but a pencil and in feet and inches, how lucky people are today.
Of course, I now use Sage software and every conceivable Microsoft program that’s available. Everything is backed up in something called the cloud. Well, the new ways are great but sometimes it comes in useful to know the basics. The 20 years i.e. worked with various size contractors mainly as a quantity surveyor but this developed to detailing and ensuring the materials were correct for the job.
Since 1996, I took the plunge and like every entrepreneur like to emphasise how it was done from the back of my garage at home with just a few Bob. This is true, I embarked into some experience I developed within the structural repair industry particularly concrete. This progressed into injection grouting and specifically subsidence issues.
I develop good relations with a loss adjuster and helped them rectify damage to hundreds of settled properties from underpinning to structural repair to rebuilding to ground works and complete redecoration. Employed up to 10 people and moved from the garage to and industrial unit in Nottingham. We even had up to 3 people in the office, myself, secretary, contracts manager, several vehicles, plant and equipment.
During the same period I was keen to do some building work, the industry was booming and I didn’t want to lose my experience in this area. So I advertised for local property extensions and this developed through tendering to architects and the largest project was probably a four-bedroom barn conversion. However, this work was really interesting because often the clients invited me from scratch to design the extension and I presented 3D images which at the time were relatively new. I created a quote for them and submitted the designs for planning approval and often the client issued me with an order to do the work. We always completed every single project and got paid.
Commercially in 22 years we always got paid, with the occasional exception of 1 or 2 companies folding as they do. Additionally, we always covered all our overheads and even more recently when I have reduced the size of the business to cope with risk we have still covered our overheads. Even occasionally we made a significant profit.
It’s time for a change, I’d like to offer all the skills I have learnt through working for myself in particular, with experience of the whole business from specifying the work, estimating, project management, quantity surveying and managing the business and all the risks that that entails using personal finances. I have a lot to offer in the right job for the right people. Therefore, try Lumsdale Quantity Surveying services with confidence, and remember we can always offer backup should you need it.
Have a great day!
Quantity Surveyor Sheffield