Condition Survey for schools 2019

Education condition surveys 202021 CIF Bid

The summer holidays are just over 9 weeks away but there is still plenty of time to book an up-to-date Education Condition Survey on your school buildings. Whilst the government’s Condition Data Collection report is a useful start point for local maintenance and development programmes, it does not replace a tailored survey. For example a CDC does not provide descriptions of … Read More

A new Church building for Caterham, Surrey

Oakhall Church building Front view

At a cost of £32 the land in Francis Road (then known as Elizabeth Road, Caterham) was purchased on 12 May 1894 for a new church building to be called Oak Hall. The church building was completed in July and August at a cost of £206 and opened on Thursday 13 September 1894. Fast forward 125 years and Oakhall has a … Read More

Your house is ready for delivery

Modular homes, off-site construction

Modular homes are nothing new – prefabricated houses were put up across Britain as a temporary solution to the post-Second World War housing crisis and were meant to last no more than a decade. Yet for over 70 years, thousands of families have continued to call them home. They offered not only cheap rent, but unheard-of luxury to men returning … Read More

Partner Profile – Elm Group Property Management

Elm Group Estates Management, Block Management

Elm Group adds to our expanding list of property management partners who access our Block Management services. With expertise and knowledge of all aspects in property management, Elm Group offer a comprehensive service to developers, private landlords, leaseholders, Right to Manage Companies as well as Housing Associations. They have over 44 years’ experience in the independent retirement living sector and are … Read More

Party Wall FAQ

Party wall FAQs

We have been managing party wall matters for many years and have built up quite a few answers to particular questions. We thought an FAQ might be useful. The government website has lots of good explanations on the Party Wall Act etc.1996 including the main types of party walls; Party wall type A: a wall that stands on the lands of 2 … Read More

Top 5 tips for choosing a Building Surveying Business

How to choose a building surveying business

It’s well known that buying a new home can be a stressful experience but often the focus centres on mortgages, solicitors and estate agents. Having the property surveyed by a building surveying business seems to fall down the moving list but our experience is you should never underestimate the importance of having a clear idea of the state a property, … Read More

Phew what a scorcher!

Subsidence

2018 was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England, according to the Met Office. Whilst most were enjoying endless days of blue skies, around 10,000 homes made insurance claims during July, August and September after the intense heat lead to subsidence. This was an unprecedented figure & only just short … Read More

Every Church’s ‘Family GP’

quinquennial inspection reports, church surveys

Back in October, Chawton Hill took a stand for the first time at the CRE show, Europe’s leading exhibition of Church Resources It was an eye opening few days for many reasons, not least of which was the directness of many of the visitors. No requests for a follow up email or tentative promise that they would be in touch. … Read More

Ambulance Make Ready Centres

Make Ready Centres

Lord Carter’s report on Ambulance Service Trusts makes this specific recommendation; ‘make ready systems must be put in place across the country to drive productivity’ he adds ‘the introduction of a make ready system is a key enabler to productivity and can support significant savings through modernising trust estates.’ Chawton Hill has now delivered all but 1 of the 6 Make … Read More

December 2018 House Prices

House prices pre Brexit

House prices haven’t dropped this much since the 2012 London Olympics! Rightmove, the UK’s number one property portal and the UK’s largest property marketplace has found the price of property coming to market dropped by 1.5 percentage points in December, down a monetary value of -£4,496 on November’s average house price. After a second consecutive monthly fall, average new seller asking … Read More

RICS looking to simplify Home Surveys

The Perfect Building Surveyor for residential RICS Building Surveys in Surrey

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is looking at plans to simplify the system of home surveys by scrapping the three current options and replacing them with one instead. The proposals have been worked on for a number of months by a RICS panel but only recently have some of the details emerged of a possible future policy. In an article … Read More

British Assessment Bureau

Chartered Building Surveyors in Surrey & South East. British Assessment Bureau

Chawton Hill has once again achieved certification to the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 standard, establishing us as one of the leading businesses in the Chartered Surveying field. This independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, a leading Certification Body, and demonstrates our commitment to ISO 9001: customer service and quality in delivery. We have now earned the right … Read More

Being a Chawton Hill Consultant Building Surveyor

Consultant Building Surveyor role

Our Consultant Building Surveyor programme has been running for over a year now. With seven regional building surveyors now established on the programme we’ve collected below their various experiences so far and found out what they think of The Chawton Hill Way. We receive most of our enquiries for RICS Building Surveys from referrals. Having taken a look at the … Read More

Updating a John Nash Regency House

Updating a John Nash property

Designed by architect John Nash, and built in 1808, this Regency house is situated within a conservation area, so we had to approach the updating project with a simple overriding objective – our design had to ‘enhance and preserve the area’. The brief was to design internal alterations and external repairs to provide a new loft room and generally refurbish … Read More

Chawton Hill – what do you do then?

Chawton Hill Chartered Surveyors & Project Managers

Actually quite a lot more than you might at first think when you hear Chawton Hill, Chartered Surveyors. The business is well into its late teens now, having been established in 2001 by Stephen Holmes and David Edwards, both Fellows of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Whilst Building Surveys & Building Projects neatly describes the two areas of our … Read More

RICS Rules of Conduct

RICS Rules of Conduct guide

We often refer to being bound by the RICS Rules of Conduct but what do they actually cover? Here we list the latest guide, effective form 25th April 2017, from RICS; Conduct of Business Professional behaviour A Firm shall at all times act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with … Read More