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Spotlight on Member - Matt Roberts Technician Member of CABE

1 January 2019

 

Matt Roberts, Administrative Officer, Building Control at Guildford Borough Council and Technician Member of CABE

 

How long have you been in your current role?Matt Roberts Technician Member

Two years. 

 

What’s your background?

I gained a degree in product design, but it was only when I joined building control that I moved into the construction sector.

 

What does your role entail?

Working for a team of seven surveyors, I process building control applications, check plans and provide general administrative support. As the first point of contact within the department, I’m tasked with explaining our services and booking site visits.

 

How important is Building Control?

We are there to provide a service and ensure buildings meet the regulatory standards of safety, sustainability, accessibility and design.

 

How is your day structured?

No day is ever the same. We have to deal with whatever problems that may come up. I essentially act as intermediary between the surveyor and the client, whether they are a homeowner, builder, architect or engineer. We also have competition from approved inspectors from private firms, so it’s important we provide a service that people respect. The client has a choice of who they go to.

 

What do you like about your work?

Building control has given me a good foundation on the job. As well as the variety, it’s been a great way to gain an understanding of the industry, the sort of issues that come up and how buildings work. The technical requirements incorporated within a project are perhaps the biggest challenge. As I’m not a surveyor, I have to obtain their approval before giving out certain technical information.

 

When did you become a member of CABE?

I joined CABE as a technician member in August 2018, having passed the technical support exam that LABC currently runs. This membership provides a stepping stone towards being an Associate and then a Chartered Member. 

 

What are the benefits of CABE membership?

CABE is a great resource for information and knowledge regarding the industry. I also see it as a fantastic and diverse network of architects, engineers, builders, surveyors and structural designers. It is one of the most valuable assets I have. A network like this is so important, especially when I move on in my career. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending CABE membership as it opens the door to a wealth of shared knowledge and experience which only members can benefit from.

 

What are your future ambitions?

Over the past year I have taken a wider interest in buildings and construction. I’m keen to be involved in building sustainable houses, so I need people around me to do that. The varied network of members within CABE will certainly help in pursuing this.

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