Peter Terrell has completed a BSc in Building Surveying. Studying part-time and working full-time, Peter dedicated 5 years to completing his degree.
Peter joined East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association in May 2019, after a career of 22 years as a postman with Royal Mail.
“I knew I was interested in buildings and architecture, it sprung out as something that I was passionate about, so I looked for courses. Architecture was an option, but in the end a BSc in Building Surveying at Anglia Ruskin University was the right choice for me,” he says.
He added: “My supervisor, Dr Alan Coday, was really encouraging, especially in the last year while I was writing my dissertation. He helped me to create a pathway to follow. He’s been nominated for lots of accolades for helping students at ARU and I’m very grateful to him for his support.”
David Routledge, Head of Estates at East Anglia RFCA said: “Peter has been a valued member of my team from the start. He applies the same diligence and determination to his work as he has to his studying. We’re all very proud of his achievement.”
Peter is now working on a regional project for armoury upgrades and is converting a wing of Colchester Army Reserve Centre to a new HQ for Reserves in the Parachuting Regiment.
Since joining East Anglia RFCA, Peter has also completed many cadet hut refurbishments. “I’ve learned to appreciate the humble spooner [timber] hut. They do what they say on the tin; they’re functional, no frills buildings that are perfect for the cadets.”
Peter and the Estates team are responsible for 500 buildings across the region, spread across 200 sites. He personally visits the sites to ensure the buildings are compliant with all statutory regulations, and manages projects end-to-end from writing specifications to handing over the keys. He and the Estates team are proud to be able to make upgrades to the buildings where they are able to; installing energy-saving features, improving lighting, heating, and accessibility.
Peter will continue his professional development, upgrading his student membership of the Chartered Institute of Builders to a full membership, like his colleague Matthew Tucker.