David Simmons

My name is Dave and I work in Technical for Berkeley Homes at our Woodberry Down scheme in Manor House.

At school I enjoyed both creative subjects and more objective areas of study, and took A-levels in Fine Art, Economics, Maths, and Biology, before gaining a place at the University of Nottingham to study Architecture. When deciding what to study, I was interested in courses that had the potential to impact the space around us, as well as well as positively influence people's lives. This combined with my background in maths and art naturally led me to consider architecture as a future career.

After studying I worked for a residential practice in Oxford, which increased my interest in this sector. Like many people in the industry, my goal is to eventually design my own home, and working in the industry will give me the knowledge to do so.

Before joining Berkeley I visited a variety of developments by both Berkeley and other developers, and one of the main things that struck me was that each Berkeley development was unique to the site; the architecture was carefully considered, successfully responding to its environment. The attention to detail runs from the design itself through to the sales team, who were very knowledgeable and welcoming and took the time to talk me through the site. You could really see the value Berkeley put on creating a sense of place by investing in developing the external spaces.

No two days are the same working at Berkeley. Due to the nature of Woodberry Down's phasing, I have been exposed to both early design stage work and later on in the development as it approaches completion. In Technical you are placed at the development you're working on, so you have the opportunity to see the design take shape. You communicate with consultants and sub-contractors on a day-to-day basis to design the scheme and resolve issues if they arise.

When I joined Berkeley the team were very welcoming. There's a buddy system in place for my division, which pairs you up with an existing member of staff should you need to ask questions - this also includes a lunch for the two of you, which is a nice bonus!

The Graduate Scheme has given me a good grounding to start my career with Berkeley, firstly with getting to know people within my division, but more importantly it showed me how the cogs of the business fit together, and helped me to understand what each department does.

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