Will Morris is a Senior Quantity Surveyor based in our Birmingham office and has over 10 years of experience across a broad range of sectors, both in the UK and internationally.
Having started his career in the Midlands, Will relocated to London working in our London office for 3 years, focusing on the delivery of large scale mixed-use developments. Will subsequently relocated to the UAE for 3 years where he delivered a number of residential led schemes for a range of Clients in both the UAE and KSA. On his return to the UK in 2021, Will rejoined Core Five and is now based in our Birmingham office.
At all stages of the project Will takes a proactive approach to his role by engaging with clients, the wider project team and the market to help drive projects forward, ensuring accurate cost information is available to assist in Clients’ decision making processes.
How did you get into the industry?
Like many others, my initial introduction to the construction and property industry came through family connections working in the industry. After quickly realising that a ‘hands-on’ role wasn’t for me (for which I am still mocked by my dad and brother!) an interest in the professional roles available within the industry grew, leading to me studying Quantity Surveying at University.
What is your favourite project you have been involved in?
To date I have been very lucky to work on a number of fantastic projects both in the UK and overseas. A particular favourite would be the Bankside Yards scheme with Native Land. During my first spell at Core Five I was heavily involved in the scheme and learnt a huge amount which I have endeavoured to apply on other projects. After a couple of years overseas it has been great to see the progress that has been made on site to date whenever I am back down visiting the Core Five London office and I look forward to seeing the continued delivery of the scheme as it continues to move forward.
What piece of advice would you give to somebody starting in the industry?
Take lots of notes and do not be afraid to ask questions. Even if you feel conscious about putting your hand up in a room full of people or asking what you might think is a daft question, take a note and ask a colleague or manager after the meeting. In my experience the vast majority of people are happy to sit down and explain something if it is not clear to you; you are not expected to know everything on day 1 of the job!