Oliver Williams

Oliver Williams


Oliver is a dedicated cost planner and service-driven quantity surveyor with a proven-track record in the residential sector, and projects in healthcare, light industrial, offices and education. He has a double masters in both applied sciences and quantity surveying. Recently Oliver has been responsible for overseeing the delivery of a number of cladding remediation projects.

What are the key challenges that are likely to affect your sector in the next five years?

The growing shortage of both skilled labour and professional consultants we have seen over the recent period is of real concern. This is becoming an impediment to the whole construction process, from putting together the consultant team through to undertaking specialist installations. These shortages will continue to contribute to rising costs and may eventually result in fewer projects being commercially viable. Addressing this so that quality and innovation don’t suffer will be a key challenge for the industry; one that must be met so that the types of schemes, design and construction methodology we have seen transform the built environment in the last decade continue.

Why did you want to become a Quantity Surveyor?

Originally I studied to become a forensic and crime scene investigator which was fascinating. But in the end I preferred the challenges that come from working in the built environment and how no two days are the same.

What is your favourite building and why?

The Sagrada Família in Barcelona, though it still not complete, it is beautiful to look at and a real testament to perseverance.

What’s the greatest invention ever? Why?

The internet. Its ability to help people connect anywhere in the world, as well as the sheer scale of the information available is phenomenal. The internet has no doubt accelerated the development of many other inventions.