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Heritage building specialist based in Manchester wins at RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Awards

The winners of the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards 2022 have been announced  

An inspirational surveyor based in Manchester has won at the annual RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards, which recognise the most inspiring and influential surveyors – aged 35 or under – in the UK. 

Joshua Weston, lead director at Fourth Wall Building Consultancy won in the Building Surveying category. Joshua is a first-class graduate in building surveying from Sheffield Hallam University, and within three years of graduating had passed his APC and was a chartered surveyor. He founded Fourth Wall in late 2020, which turned over six figures in its first year. 

Earlier this year, Joshua became a founding trustee of a historic buildings trust; working with the city council, as well as public and private sector professionals, to launch a first of its kind organisation in the region, focused on preservation and sustainable development of heritage buildings. 

The judges felt this was a great submission showing such pride in the profession and surmounting challenges and he is a worthy winner. 

The awards final was celebrated at The Royal Lancaster in London on Friday 4th November where the following young surveyors were recognised for their outstanding career achievements in their respective sectors and disciplines:  

·        Apprentice of the Year: Stephanie O’Dwyer, Gardiner & Theobald 

·        Asset and Facilities Management: Zaman Sheikh, Southend Council 

·        Building Surveying: Joshua Weston, Fourth Wall Building Consultancy 

·        Commercial Property: Mitchell Spencer, City of Wolverhampton Council 

·        Land (Rural and Urban): Poppy Martin, Savills 

·        Project Management: Tej Barde, Arcadis  

·        Quantity Surveying and Construction: Scott Moore, Coreus Group 

·        Residential Property: Zoe Baker, Your Surveyors Ltd 

·        Valuation: Kelly Smith, Valuation Office Agency 

In addition, there was an award for Mentor of the Year which was presented to Ruth Ofield from Fisher German.   

Commenting on the winners, Theo Till, Chair of UK RICS Matrics said: “All of our winners should be extremely proud of their achievements, particularly as the built environment is currently experiencing some of the biggest challenges in history, including climate change, energy consumption, urbanisation, and growth. Surveying professionals play a vital role in creating and maintaining our built environment to ensure it has a positive impact on communities and people’s lives. The winners’ hard work and unwavering commitment to help boost skills and standards in the industry is testament to this important role that our profession has on society. 

“The diversity of the winners is also encouraging, with 6 of the 10 being women, despite making up just 15% of UK surveyors.Over the years we have seen more women entering the industry, and we hope that representation of women in surveying can become much stronger with many more female role models. 

“RICS is delighted to be able to deliver these awards once again to recognise the dedication and commitment that young surveyors have to the industry and their communities.” 


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