Planning Authority National Coverage

planning authority

Over the past two and a half years we have been acting as planning consultants for Revolution Laundrette, a stand alone, 24/7 outdoor self-service launderette provider and part of the international Photo-Me Group. As a temporary, movable structure the launderette units provide site owners with increased footfall and in-store spend whilst customer’s laundry is being washed. With hundreds of units … Read More

How to choose the best house survey

Building surveys; best house survey

What’s the best house survey type for your potential new home? A full building survey, a homebuyer’s report, or something else? We outline the choices available for every type of home. Do you know what type of house survey the home you want to buy needs? Whether you’re buying a home for the first time, or the tenth time, it’s … Read More

Armed Forces Covenant

armed forces covenant

We are delighted to have signed the government’s Armed Forces Covenant & have our commitment fully registered. The pledge states that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives. The … Read More

Project Management – Residential

project management

We had previously carried a project management role for some external works for this client and they recently came back to us to manage a full internal refurbishment of the same property. Our role covered a Feasibility Study, Specification, Contractor Tendering, Contract Administration and Project Management. The internal refurbishment work covered; Removal of an en-suite, remodelling, creation of a fourth … Read More

Green Web Hosting

green web hosting

Green web hosting – We tend to think that going digital is better for our environment, surely there’s less printing and the recycling bins aren’t as full? In fact the datacentres, where our website information is stored, are vast buildings packed with servers that require a lot of electricity to power them and just as much electricity to keep them … Read More

Flood reinstatement insurance claim

Block Management Services - Chartered Surveyors for block management; Flood reinstatement insurance claim

Flood reinstatement insurance claim – as part of our Block Management services we are often engaged to project manage reinstatement works following an insurance claim. In this case block managers White & Sons had a problem with a leaking waste pipe in one of their Reigate buildings and the subsequent damage needed to be rectified to return the property to … Read More

Christian Resources Exhibition

Church Halls, Extensions, Community buildings & expert Quinquennial Inspection Reports ecclesiastical experience

Christian Resources Exhibition National 2019 will take place at Sandown Park, in Esher, Surrey between 15th – 17th October 2019. It’s a great venue for Europe’s leading annual exhibition of Christian resources. Just 15 miles from central London, the venue is easily accessible by rail (25 minutes from London Waterloo to Esher) and road (M25 and A3). Parking is free … Read More

Building Ambulance Make Ready Centres

new build design,Building Ambulance Make Ready Centres

Building Ambulance Make Ready Centres – for years paramedic staff were responsible for cleaning, restocking, fuelling and maintaining their ambulances at the beginning and end of every shift. This was a time consuming process that took specialist care staff away from looking after patients.   “make ready systems must be put in place across the country to drive productivity” Lord … Read More

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

new build design, Church Building LABC Award winner for Best Public Service Building

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