A talented South Tyneside property professional is in the running to be named Britain’s best.
Sam Piplica, a senior chartered building surveyor at Building Surveyors Limited in South Shields, is in the running for the Building Surveying category accolade in the 2017 RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year (YSOYA) Awards
All entrants are automatically in with the chance of scooping the esteemed ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ title.
Sam’s shortlisting is a recognition of his expertise in advising on, and delivering, a wide range of complex built projects – including office fit-outs and new-build residential units - on time and on budget.
“Working at Building Surveyors Limited, I have been supported and challenged in equal measure, which has helped me to progress.
“So being shortlisted for this award is great recognition and has renewed my determination to continually improve and advance in the profession,” he said.
It would be amazing to win, and to showcase professional services in the North East on a national stage, and inspire future generations of surveyors that there’s exciting opportunities in the North and small practices are exciting places to work.Sam Piplica
“It would be amazing to win, and to showcase professional services in the North East on a national stage.
“It will also hopefully inspire future generations of surveyors that there’s exciting opportunities in the North and small practices are exciting places to work.”
There are nine categories in the awards, including Asset and Facilities Management, Land (Rural and Urban), Property (Residential & Commercial), Mentor of the Year, Project Management and Valuation.
Ninety young surveyors from all over the UK made this year’s shortlist, but Sam is one of only two from the North East.
The other is Zoe King, a senior cost manager at Turner & Townsend in Newcastle, who has been shortlisted for the Quantity Surveying & Construction category award.
David Keddie MRICS, head of this year’s judging panel said: “The UK’s property industry has some of the brightest and most ambitious talent.
“These exceptional shortlisted individuals, such as Zoe and Sam, are testament to this high calibre of professionals, who are helping to ensure their local areas remain fantastic places to live, work and visit.”
The winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony on Friday, November 17, in London, which will be hosted by TV presenter and motivational speaker Saira Khan.