For this edition of the Surveyors Journal, we have focused on usage of land and buildings as a key theme, and I hope that you will find the articles of interest and relevance to your professional group.

This issue focuses on land and buildings.

Our interview with John Coleman highlighting the objectives set out by the Land Development Agency (LDA), and the snapshot of Cork city, are particularly interesting following the launch of the National Planning Framework: Ireland 2040. Chair of the LDA, John Moran, has said that there needs to be a fundamental change in how we ‘do housing’ in Ireland. The Society, I’m delighted to say, has now positioned itself in the core debate on regional planning and rejuvenation of our small town centres following the publication of our ‘Rejuvenating Ireland’s Small Town Centres’ report. I’m also delighted to report that we are arranging a series of regional events on our report, with invitations to local stakeholders.

Annual Dinner
2019 kicked off in style with another hugely successful SCSI Annual Dinner. The Dinner is always a great opportunity to network and meet friends. I hope this gave attendees the opportunity to broaden their network outside the boundaries of regions and our individual specialisms. Presiding over an event of this calibre was a great honour. My time as President has given me a broader perspective on a profession that spans the full built environment life cycle – from geomatics to agents and auctioneers, from property management to quantity and building surveyors. When I started this journey following my election to Junior Vice-President three years ago, my knowledge was focused on my expertise rather than the work of other Chartered Surveyors in land, property and construction. Now I’ve learned the value that we as a group can bring collectively to change the mindsets of our clients and colleagues, and policy makers, and to inform and shape public policy for the greater good. This quality and core value was apparent in every person I met on the night.

Ongoing work
Since then, we’ve been busy planning the schedule for the year ahead. We have a comprehensive CPD programme arranged, complemented by a range of conferences and social events. I urge all members to keep an eye out for details in the regular SCSI newsletters. We’ve also published our regional residential property market reports, which you can read about on page 18. Thanks to all who contributed to this vital research – another great example of Society collaboration. Finally, the SCSI offices are now completed following necessary heating and structural improvements, and I look forward to seeing you all as we re-establish our regular social and educational member events.

Des O’Broin