Jonathan Harris joined calfordseaden in 2002 as a Graduate Building Surveyor and chartered with the RICS in 2005 he is now a Partner at the practice, working on a range of award-winning schemes from inception to completion. In this article, Jonathan shares more about his experience to date and plans for the future.
“I first joined calfordseaden in 2002 after I graduated from University. I left the company in 2004, working for another consultancy for 3 years as well as spending a year in Romania, building a hospice and setting up a project with my wife. I re-joined calfordseaden in 2007 and haven’t looked back since!
From the start, my career has benefitted from the privilege of working alongside a number of our Equity Partners and interacting with them on a daily basis. Having access to that level of experience and expertise at that stage in my career was invaluable to my progression. This is very much the advantage of working for a company like calfordseaden – there is every opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues and there are no glass ceilings.
Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of schemes from complicated smaller scale and multi-site schemes to large regeneration projects, and I am proud to say that many of these projects have been shortlisted for or won various design awards.
The most rewarding aspect of my role is when projects that I have invested many years into, reach completion and we receive positive feedback on our service from clients and contractors
I have two stand out projects to date: The first was leading calfordseaden’s work in a collaboration with Michael Drain Architects for a speculative study for the improvement and expansion of the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium for my beloved QPR which called upon many of calfordseaden multi-discipline capabilities. The other project which I am particularly proud of is Brandon Street in Elephant and Castle, which was a tricky project to get over the line, but it looks amazing and I really do think that we played our part in procuring and administering it in such a way as to retain its architectural integrity.
It is great to be part of calfordseaden at this time and it’s hard to believe that we have doubled in size in 15 years. Despite our ongoing growth, calfordseaden has retained its core principles, whilst also constantly being open to embracing new-ideas – I see this as a credit to staff at all levels throughout the business. I look forward to seeing where we go in the future.”