Paul Raymont

Paul specialises in the project management and contract administration of major new-build and refurbishment schemes, both in the education and housing sectors. Over the years, he has been extensively involved in the partnering process and framework agreements.

He has delivered a number of high-profile education projects, including the £23 million Chessington Community College for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, which was the first school to be completed under the One School Pathfinder Scheme.

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My favourite projects have included the rebuilding of Chessington Community College where we were shortlisted for the RICS ‘Community Benefit Scheme’ and the Knowle male offenders care home in Cheltenham where I was fortunate enough to meet Sir Terry Waite at the formal handover.

I have also been involved in some highly unusual instructions: a particularly memorable one was dealing with the insurance claim and re-construction of a residential property in Hampshire where the front of the building had been demolished by an out-of-control tank.

When not at work, I enjoy activities such as skiing, cycling, sea kayaking and indulging my inner surfer with body boarding. Travelling is also a passion and a recent tour of China included the site of the Terracotta Warriors at Xi’an and the Great Wall of China, which had a fascinating sticky rice-flour mortar construction incidentally – it proves that you can take the surveyor out of Guildford, but you can’t take the interest in buildings out of the surveyor.