Our People: An interview with Ross Gould

Ross Gould

Role: Senior Quantity Surveyor
Office location: Aldwych, London
Joined the team: March 2021

Why Base?
The diversity of the people and its fresh approach to blending services were strong indications that Base was a progressive company. Also, the variety of work within the company’s portfolio appealed to me as someone wanting to gain a wide range of experience.

What were you doing prior to working at Base?
I started my career working in oil and gas in Dubai before I moved to the UK. I’ve now worked as a quantity surveyor for almost seven years in numerous sectors, including healthcare, retail, hospitality, residential, commercial offices, both on live projects and forensically for dispute proceedings.

What are your career aspirations for the future?
I’m currently finishing a Master’s degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at King’s College London. Upon completion, my focus will shift to completing my APC to gain chartership. Beyond that, I would like to work in a different country, preferably by opening the company’s first office in the British Virgin Islands!

How do you see the industry changing in the future?
Everyone wants a cleaner, leaner and more efficient industry and those desires will hopefully continue to propel construction along a positive trajectory.

Buzzwords such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), collaborative procurement and sustainability have been circling the industry for some time now and we are finally seeing notable traction. Each of these could have a fundamental impact on the industry, but I suspect their uptake will only be through steady incremental advances brought on by legislation and market price changes.

How do you see yourself fitting into those changes?
I welcome developments in technology as I enjoy learning to use new software. However, until the landscape has crystallised it is difficult to say how exactly my expertise will need to pivot. In my professional and personal life, I’ve had to adapt to changes that have either been sudden or visible from a mile off. My experiences have rarely afforded me the chance to get comfortable, so I hope I’ll look at any change as a challenge rather than an obstacle.

How do you see Base fitting into those changes?
Base has a young workforce, both figuratively and literally. This, along with being a tight-knit company, allows the agility to respond to changing demands, whatever they may be. An acute awareness of the industry and current trends is one of Base’s key characteristics, hence it is regarded as a rare success story during the global pandemic.

Do you have an accomplishment that has shaped your career? 
Gaining a Master’s degree in Quantity Surveying, which I completed whilst working full time. Although the accreditation was the main driver, the theoretical knowledge I was able to apply to my day-to-day profession was invaluable and grew my confidence tenfold.

Do your background reading. Construction isn’t confined to just what you can see on-site. Having a solid understanding about the industry, construction technology and law will give you a far greater advantage when facing new challenges.

What was your biggest non-career-based accomplishment and why was it important to you?
I once ran 52 kilometres around Manhattan Island on a whim. In hindsight it was reckless, and I was lucky not to injure myself or worse. However, during the ordeal I learned a lot about mental strength.

What would be your biggest piece of advice to those starting in the industry today?
Do your background reading. Construction isn’t confined to just what you can see on-site. Further complexities lie in the less visible aspects, such as project management, design, cost, contract administration and dispute resolution, to name a few. Having a solid understanding about the industry, construction technology and law will give you a far greater advantage when facing new challenges.

Hobbies/Interests?
In my spare time I will likely be doing one of two polar opposite activities: playing video games or running.

What motivates you?
Nothing gets me up in the morning like a big bowl of muesli. That paints me as a health freak, but I balance it out during the rest of the day.

How would your family and friends describe you?
“Weird” – but because they are nice they would use the word “unique”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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