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Following our recent Condition Survey at Cherkley Court in Leatherhead, we were asked to carry out another at the iconic Royal Lancaster Hotel in Bayswater, London.

Cherkley Court was acquired in 1910 by Lord Beaverbrook, politician and owner of the Express Newspapers group. During Beaverbrook’s time, the house attracted many famous weekend guests including Winston Churchill, Andrew Bonar Law, Rebecca West, H.G. Wells, Harold Macmillan and Rudyard Kipling.

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A RICS Condition Survey provides an objective opinion about the condition of a property at the time of inspection. The report aims to tell you about:

  • the construction and condition of the property on the date it was inspected;
  • any defects that need urgent attention or are serious;
  • things that need further investigation to prevent serious damage to the fabric
    of the building; and
  • defects or issues which may be hazardous to safety and where further
    enquiries are needed.

The Royal Lancaster Hotel was featured in the opening scenes of the 1969 film, The Italian Job.

Starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward and a host of classic British cars including a Jaguar E-Type, Aston Martin DB4 and of course a red, a white and a blue Mini Cooper. The plot to steal 4 million dollars from the city of Turin and escape to Switzerland goes spectacularly well until Big William slides the back of the escape coach over the side of a cliff. Charlie Croker then announces the famous ‘cliffhanger’ line ‘Hang on, lads; I’ve got a great idea.’

If you have a famous or listed building & would like us to carry out a Condition survey, please don’t hesitate to contact us.