Our team of Chartered, Senior and Assistant Building Surveyors possess wide ranging skills and knowledge to enable us to offer our private and public sector clients a variety of surveys, comprehensive written reports and other related services.

We strive to maintain and build on a strong surveying background with fresh design and excellence in all services we provide. The wide range of services we provide can be tailored specifically to meet our clients’ needs and our experience ranges from the design and management of domestic extensions, refurbishments, basements and new builds, renovation of listed buildings and the design and management of multi-million-pound education and healthcare projects. Some of the core Building Surveying services we provide include:

Building Surveys

A building survey is a detailed assessment of the current condition of a property in a comprehensive report format. The survey will generally need to be intrusive to establish the condition of particular areas or components, for example, the condition of the timber within a sub-floor void, but can also include removing small samples of materials to test for asbestos and carrying CCTV drainage surveys to the below ground drainage. The report can be tailored to the needs of the client and is designed to provide a full assessment of defects and remedial advice. This can be typically useful if the client wishes to understand the condition of their property prior to carrying out works.

Condition Surveys

A condition survey is a visual inspection of a property to assess the current condition and life expectancy of the property’s components, for example, roofs, windows, walls and electrical and mechanical installations and will not be intrusive like a Building Survey. The survey may be used as a basis for identifying future maintenance requirements on a property, allowing the client to forecast financial budgets for property repairs. The format of this can be tailored to the needs of the client.

Measured Surveys

Measured surveys involve taking measurements of sites or buildings in order to produce accurate drawings to scale. This is typically required if a client plans to carry out works such as extensions, alterations or refurbishment works and will always be requested by Local Planning Authorities and Building Control bodies.

Traditionally measured surveys are carried out with a tape measure and laser measures (disto). Ever-changing technology means buildings can now be measured with laser scanning to produce 2D and 3D drawings. We work closely with several specialists in this field and can tailor this service to the client’s budget.

Licenses for Alteration

Typically, most leases require tenants to obtain formal approval from their landlord in the form of a Licence to Alter, to carry out alterations to a building they currently or intend to occupy. We can advise Tenants upon the requirements relating to such approvals and we can advise Landlords as their surveyors upon the Tenant’s proposed alterations, establishing any impact of the proposals on the Landlord’s interests and carrying out technical review of proposals.

We can also supervise the building works in progress or at completion to ensure they comply with the details of the Licence to Alter.

Schedules of Condition

Schedules of Condition are required when it is necessary or desirable to record the condition of a property, typically before work commences to a neighbouring property, which may cause damage, or at the commencement of a lease in association with Landlord and Tenant matters. They can be predominantly photographic or detailed text and photographs and we tailor these to meet our clients’ specific requirements.

Schedules of Condition are also required for other legal or practical purposes, such as to accompany Party Wall Awards and they help to avoid disputes related to the condition of a property at a particular time.

Feasibility Studies

Our clients will often require a feasibility study to determine if their proposal is viable within the constraints of the site and project budget. With our experience in cost management of projects we understand the technical, business, regulatory and legal matters that need to be considered at an early stage to assist us in providing solutions for each client. A feasibility study goes beyond just providing a budget estimate based on the client’s requirements but will furnish the client with valuable information on potential areas of concern or that require further investigation. We have experience in producing feasibility studies for various projects from residential extensions, new build residential developments to multi-million-pound education projects.

Design & Specification

This service typically comes after Planning Permission has been granted and is the point within the overall project programme that our clients require a Specification or a Schedule of Works to either obtain prices for the project or competitively tender the project to ensure they obtain value for money and the costs fit their budget. This design service can be in one or two formats; design drawings and notes and/or detailed Specification or a Schedule of Works to accompany the design drawings, which will set out the extent and standards of construction work required.

Alternatively, our clients appoint us to prepare design drawings and specifications as they may have already appointed a contractor for the project. The development of the detailed design of a project requires careful co-ordination and management and we do this under the banner of our quality procedures, which meet ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards. The format of this can be tailored to the needs of the client.

Contract & Administration

The responsibilities of a Contract Administrator (CA) can commence before the building contract exists and can include advising clients on the selection of the method of procurement, calculation of liquidated damages and deciding on the type of building contract. The importance of selecting the correct contract is key to ensuring the client, the contractor and any other parties in the contract know their obligations to each other and know how risks will be shared or divided on the project. During the contract the CA will be responsible for administering the terms of a contract in an impartial manner – this role can be undertaken by the lead surveyor or designer on a project, therefore allowing us to provide the full design and management package to clients.

Our experience in Contract Administration for all project types and sizes allows us to tailor a design and management package to suit each client’s particular needs.

Identification & Analysis of Building Defects

Building components can fail for various reasons such as age, lack of maintenance, poor quality products or poor workmanship. This can often have a significant impact on the occupant’s comfort within the property and can have a knock-on effect on the condition of other building components. Our team is experienced in helping clients with the diagnosis, prognosis and remediation of building defects. The defects that we typically encounter in properties include; blocked or defective drainage, plumbing leaks, roof leaks, timber decay, structural issues and condensation.

Following our investigations and appraisal into the defects observed in a property, we can produce detailed Defect Reports outlining our observations, conclusions, and recommendations for remedial works. Our single point consultancy allows us to work with other specialists who may be required to fully diagnose the cause of a defect.

Furthermore, we can provide budget costings and specifications, and project manage the remedial works through the appointment of a suitable contractor to successful completion.

Health and Safety Services

  • Building Surveys
  • Condition Surveys
  • Measured Surveys
  • Identification and Analysis of Building Defects
  • Licenses for Alteration
  • Schedules of Condition
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Fire Damage Reinstatement
  • Architectural Design
  • Planning Applications
  • Party Wall Matters
  • Building Control Applications
  • Design and Specification
  • Project Management, Contract Administration and Employer’s Agent
  • Health and Safety
  • Listed Buildings and Conservation
  • New Build, Refurbishment, Extension and Adaptations