What is commercial surveying?
There are many different types of surveyor. Commercial surveying involves the assessment and management of properties used for commercial purposes. These include owned or leased office buildings, industrial units, retail spaces, hotels, and public buildings such as schools and libraries. A commercial surveyor plays a vital role in providing their clients with detailed information about the condition, value, and potential of a property.
Commercial surveying involves a wide range of responsibilities, from property valuations to feasibility studies, project management to asset management. Commercial surveyors are often involved in lease negotiations and between landlords and tenants, enabling people to make informed decisions about dilapidations. They usually work for property agencies or consultancies. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) provides qualifications and accreditations for commercial surveyors.
“Surveyors play a key role in developing new high-tech, sustainable cities, tackling climate change and solving global issues like urbanisation, migration and resource scarcity.”
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
What skills are required for commercial surveying?
For a successful career in commercial surveying, you will need specific skills and qualifications. The pathway to become a chartered surveyor involves completing a relevant RICS accredited degree.
You would need to gain practical experience through a structured training programme, passing the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) exam. This rigorous process ensures candidates meet the required level of competency and high standards, so they have the necessary expertise to operate in the field.
As well as formal qualifications, certain skills are highly valued in commercial surveying. Excellent analytical abilities, attention to detail, and strong problem-solving skills are essential when assessing the condition and value of properties. Effective communication and negotiation skills are crucial for dealing with clients, tenants, and stakeholders.
The skills required for surveying are ever-growing. As the industry embraces technology, proficiency in data analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and building information modelling (BIM) can help to provide a competitive edge.
“The average UK salary for a chartered surveyor is £60,000.”
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Is commercial surveying a viable career path
For qualified commercial surveyors, the current economic landscape is positive. RICS reports that the demand for commercial surveyors has been steadily growing due to various factors. Despite rising inflation and market fluctuations, there are a number of high-profile commercial construction projects underway. With the UK government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure, commercial surveying opportunities could be set to increase.
The continuous development of infrastructure projects, such as transport hubs, housing developments, and urban regeneration schemes are creating viable revenue streams.
Surveyors are essential in evaluating the feasibility and viability of such projects, as well as overseeing their construction and management.
Business expansion in certain industries has led to increased demand for commercial spaces. Large-scale industrial and retail parks are being built, particularly in the Midlands which is seen as a central transport hub for commerce. Units require commercial surveys for maintenance, repairs and dilapidations. So, there are a multitude of possibilities for those looking to make their mark in this industry.
The future of commercial surveying
As well as the ongoing need for professionals who can assess and manage the condition of properties, there is a growing emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiencies. This has given rise to new roles in green surveying, where professionals are advising clients on environmentally friendly practices and regulations. Commercial surveyors play a key role in shaping the design and development of construction products, including roof coatings.
Commercial surveying presents a diverse and dynamic work environment. Each project brings unique challenges and opportunities, ensuring that no two days are the same. Whether you are involved in assessing the condition of an industrial roof or providing dilapidations advice, the modern surveyor is continuously learning.
With the demand for commercial spaces, infrastructure projects, and sustainable practices on the rise, the need for skilled surveying professionals has never been greater. By pursuing a career in commercial surveying, you can enjoy rewarding financial prospects and both professional and personal growth.
Giromax regularly works with commercial surveyors on a wide range of developments, especially large-scale roofing projects. The development of our products has been influenced by the insights received by surveyors and contractors.
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