Lottie Tour with Zoe from the Lottie Tour during Tomorrow's Engineers Week by Zoe Morgan, November 2018
Lottie’s day visit at Kier with Zoe Morgan - Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Kier
On Tuesday I met with Lottie on her tour of the IMPACT building at Swansea University Bay Campus – a state-of-the-art engineering research institute specialising in materials, processing and numerical technologies.
I showed Lottie the floor plans for IMPACT and some key sustainability design features incorporated into the build. She learned that the new building will feature a ‘living wall’ with a matrix of hardy and robust evergreens; and nest boxes for swifts, sparrows and bats. Lottie had a tour around the external façade of the building and the roof. We showed her our various materials that we’re using on our facade – the red brickwork, concrete cladding and the metal cladding. She learned about the different ways a flat roof can be laid and saw the incredible views over Swansea. Lottie also had the opportunity to pull some cabling through openings where the mechanical and electrical feeds came through.
Lottie also learned a lot about my role and how I got into the field I work in. I initially started my teacher training degree and soon realised the course didn’t fully satisfy my needs as a full time profession. I always had an interest in building as my father had a small construction firm. I started to help in the business and found myself doing the accounts and quantity surveying. The natural progression in my role was to complete my degree in quantity surveying. Whilst studying, Kier were building UWTSD’s new campus at Swansea Waterfront and one the community benefit initiatives was to employee a graduate. I was very fortunate to be awarded the position and two years later I am still thoroughly enjoying my position here at Kier.
The most enjoyable part of my job is the endless learning. No day is the same and I’m continuously faced with different challenges and deal with a range of different people. The role allows me to be academic and office based. However, I have the added advantage that I’m site based which allows me to work on a live construction site where I experience the build first hand.