Lauren Cox is a quantity surveyor at Kier Infrastructure, working for Regional Civil Engineers. She joined Kier in 2014 and here, she discusses her current role as a quantity surveyor and her passion for the environment.

“Growing up I spent a lot of time outdoors, camping, hiking, riding bikes and generally enjoying the countryside, I think this instilled in me a desire to look after our environment to make sure it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

In school I always enjoyed maths and science so when it came to choose whether to go to university I knew it had to be for a subject that played to my strengths and interests. After a lot of research, I realised a career in construction would suit me and my interests and so, I attended Sheffield Hallam University and gained a degree in quantity surveying, graduating in 2011.

In 2014, I joined Kier as an assistant quantity surveyor on the Canal & River Trust Framework. Initially I was responsible for overseeing two small maintenance contracts and providing general assistance to the quantity surveyor on a variety of minor works schemes. I quickly built relationships with the wider team as well as the supply chain so when the quantity surveyor moved on, I was able to take over from her and run the minor works contract within the framework.

My current role as quantity surveyor has allowed me to continue running the minor works contracts for the Trust as well as picking up a few larger projects along the way. I’m currently managing a trainee as she progresses through her degree and begins her career with Kier and hope to provide the same level of support that has always been available to me, whilst also working towards becoming chartered myself.

I’ve been involved with a variety of projects over the years and can honestly say I’ve enjoyed seeing the improvements we make to the environment, encouraging more access to green spaces even in city centres as well as repairing canal infrastructure to allow continued use.

Given the events of the last year I’d say it’s more important than ever for people to have access to open spaces, both for exercise and the benefits they bring to mental health and wellbeing.”