Two APC Candidate Passes for the Building Surveying Department

Graham + Sibbald are excited to announce the success of Alistair Nicol (Edinburgh) and James Devine (Glasgow), who successfully passed his Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and is now a Chartered Building Surveyor.

Alistair joined Graham + Sibbald in September 2020 having graduated from Robert Gordon University with a degree in Building Surveying. Alistair enjoys the fast pace within the Building Surveying department and developing his skillset even further within the business.

Alistair commented: “I feel very fortunate to have had the outstanding support from Graham + Sibbald since joining. Passing my APC has been a goal of mine since joining G+S and I’m so pleased to now say that I am a Chartered Building Surveyor.  The constant guidance throughout the process, alongside the valuable time spent in mock interviews with my colleagues was excellent as it is a stressful process. I’m looking forward to this next step in my career.”

James joined Graham + Sibbald in 2016 as Glasgow’s first Graduate Apprentice Building Surveyor and he graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2021 with a first class honours. James works to the best of his ability to ensure that all work that he submits is in correlation with the high standard that the name Graham + Sibbald brings to the construction industry.

James commented: “I am delighted to have passed my APC, the level of training and support I have received from everyone at Graham + Sibbald has allowed me to be in the best possible position to pass. Being within the business from graduate apprentice, to graduate surveyor now to being a chartered surveyor has provided me with a sound knowledge of the business as a whole.”

Both Alistair and James offer our clients a wide range of services on commercial properties, including;

  • Schedule of Dilapidations
  • Condition Surveys
  • Project Management, Principal Designer and Contract Administration Services
  • Pre-acquisition Surveys
  • Reinstatement Cost Assessments
  • Planned Maintenance Programmes

Neil MacFarlane, UK Head of Technical Services commented: “We are thrilled Alistair and James have passed their APC, they have both dedicated a lot of time to get to this stage. At Graham + Sibbald we take great pride in our APC candidates and everyone at G+S is very proud of Alistair and James’ achievement and we cant wait to see them both progress in the next stage of their career.”

With over 45 staff members in employment within the Technical Service team comprising Building Surveyors and Architectural professionals, Graham + Sibbald are able to provide a range of in-house service lines across their 21 UK offices in Scotland and England.

Graham + Sibbald aim to train and develop all of our staff members to allow them to be qualified to the highest level possible, and so our APC candidates are supported and mentored by key qualified staff members.

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