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Through Fresh Eyes of New Team Members

It’s a busy run-up to Christmas for us, working with new clients and on new projects for existing ones. It’s a good thing that we recently added to our team.

The fresh eyes of new team members can often highlight areas for improvement, before they get too used to the working environment. We asked Building Surveyor Oliver Fox, who is determined to become a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, to sum up his first three months with us.

Three months already! My time with Murray Birrell has flown by. It feels like a month ago, on my first day, I spent the day out on inspections and meeting potential new clients with my line manager, Sam Field. Safe to say my feet were aching that evening.

Within the last three months I have been exposed to an extensive variety of services - vital to my continuing development and learning within the industry. Murray Birrell has a vast range of high-end clients, and I am proud to be a part of the team and working in some of the most prestigious areas around London.

In particular, I have enjoyed assisting in our contract administration jobs. We have several projects with contractors starting on site in the first quarter of next year, ranging from re-roofing listed buildings to internal decorations and fit-out works. All of which are vital towards my progression to becoming a Member of the RICS. In addition to progressing my route to MRICS, I have recently gained my Construction Skills Certificate Scheme, achieving 100%, and I’m soon to be an Associate Member of The Pyramus & Thisbe Society for party wall professionals.

However, I am now the youngest in the office and therefore required to help with computer related queries and questions, to which I usually respond with either ‘is it on?’ or ‘turn it on and off’.


During University I enjoyed CAD work though I had not been able to use it since leaving. Since joining Murray Birrell I have been able to put my skills back to use, first at assisting, and now heading up, the planning side of an Energy Saving Fund for a landed estate.

Additionally, over the last few months I have been in correspondence with many of our clients. In the last few weeks, Murray Birrell has hosted client hospitality events, such as attending the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London and Wine Tasting at the East India Club, which has enabled me to put a face to many of the names of clients that I regularly deal with and some that I don’t.

On top of everything else, asking for feedback from new team members helps make me feel even more appreciated. I have enjoyed both the fast-paced and friendly office environment over the last few months, and the site visits. I now look forward to what will hopefully be a fulfilling career with the company.

If Murray Birrell Chartered Surveyors starts to sound like a place where you could see yourself working and developing your career, please check our current vacancies at

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