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Scottish Housing Day 2023 – 13th September

Scottish Housing Day 2023 – 13th September

07.09.23

Scottish Housing Day 2023 is on Wednesday 13th September. This year it is celebrating those who work in housing, and the various roles which create the impactful sector.

Whiteburn’s Director of Design and Delivery, Roger Bainbridge tells of his journey into housing…

I studied architecture at university and initially followed a path into private architectural practice working in the UK and Germany. Most of the projects that I worked on as a young architect were housing projects, from large scale new build apartments to refurbishment of listed tenements for local housing associations. I enjoyed the rigor that is needed in housing. I had to understand the mechanics of living. How different people used homes, what people needed, what worked and what didn’t. Moreover I appreciated that a house can and should be more than just 4 walls and a roof to the occupants. After 6 years in private practice I was asked to work for a national housebuilder. I was surprised how varied and rich the projects were. From converting listed buildings in conservation areas to new build homes for housing associations. The biggest surprise was the multi-disciplinary nature of housebuilding. I was part of a team that included engineers, surveyors, sales people and builders and we all had a common purpose to build high quality developments for our customers.

I’ve now been working in housebuilding for 25 years and I’m involved in the whole development process from site identification and purchase to welcoming customers into our new homes. We  have a huge responsibility and opportunity to improve the built environment and change people’s lives for the better by building well designed and well built homes and places. We all get a huge sense of joy when new customers are given their keys, or when we do a final site walk through and we think, ‘we built this’. In our company, despite our titles, we are all architects, surveyors, engineer, sales managers and site managers as we all have a common goal and even after all the trials and tribulations over the years with credit crunches and pandemics, I wouldn’t want to work in any other industry

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