Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In Our Series Introducing Some of the North East's Property Experts, Homemaker Meets Richard Girdwood

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In Our Series Introducing Some of the North East's Property Experts, Homemaker Meets Richard Girdwood

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Byline: Richard Girdwood

Name: Richard Girdwood. Family: I have a long-term girlfriend, Katie. She is a campaign manager for Maggie's Centre, a cancer care centre being built in Newcastle.

Job: I am a qualified chartered surveyor who recently joined Smiths Gore as the head of residential agency in the Berwick office. My first job: As part of my university course I had a year''s work placement with a firm of commercial surveyors. This gave me an insight into the property and surveying world as well as a first step into the corporate world of working in an office, as part of a team and to strict deadlines.

Although the level of responsibility was low, it was a good opportunity to gain valuable experience and focus on what area of property I wished to move into. I met some great people and found the vital combination of working whilst having fun!

My dream job: A career path similar to Nick and Christian Candy, developers of One Hyde Park, would be amazing. To start with such a small capital investment and turn it into a billion-pound enterprise while doing something you enjoy is possibly the most satisfying career you can have. The ability to focus on such attention to detail safe in the knowledge that the end user will recognise and appreciate it is self gratifying.

My childhood home: I grew up in a village called Upper Poppleton on the outskirts of York. The family home overlooked open fields and (flat) countryside. I was able to cycle to school each morning and with friends and had just the right amount of freedom to get up to an amount of mischief.

The first home I rented: During my time at university in Newcastle I rented various houses, mainly in Jesmond and Sandyford. Living with five other people was always entertaining and having the facilities of Jesmond on your doorstep made for a lot of fun times.

My ideal home: Somewhere that combines the convenience of a town or city with the open views and pursuits of the countryside. It would have to be spacious with a good degree of natural light and a modern feel.

Best buys for the home: Tasteful and well-maintained dcor is an essential element for a home; despite the fact buyers are likely to change it to their own style. …

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