Appointing a Professional Quinquennial Inspector

Quinquennial Inspector

The appointment of a Quinquennial Inspector is always an individual, not a firm. It is important that a Quinquennial Inspector’s training, accreditation and experience in building conservation is commensurate with the complexity and significance of the church building or buildings in question.  The Quinquennial Report itself is one of the key documents which assists in the care and repair of … 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

A new Church building for Caterham, Surrey

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

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

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

British Assessment Bureau

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

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

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 Projects & Building Surveys 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

The ‘family GP’ for your Church

Our Lady of the Sorrows, Effingham Most other denominations and many secular organisations which are responsible for historic buildings now adopt a similar approach to inspections.

What are Quinquennial Inspection Reports? Under the Inspection of Churches Measure 1955, as amended by the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991, all consecrated buildings of the Church of England must by law be inspected once in every five years by a registered architect or chartered building surveyor (the ‘Quinquennial Inspector’ or QI) who is approved by the … Read More

Health and Safety

Contractors Health and Safety Accredited

We are delighted to become CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) accredited. The scheme was created by experienced health and safety professionals in 1997 to improve health and safety standards across the UK.​ In partnership with the Association of London Government (ALG), CHAS was a key developer of the core criteria held in the Approved Code of Practice … Read More

Complimentary Services

Complimentary Services inc house extensions, party wall advice, planning approval, project management

Complimentary services support our two clear business divisions; our building projects & residential building survey work. Whilst we have a strong reputation in delivering exceptional projects, particularly in the Education, Health & Ecclesiastical sectors & our building surveys have received really positive feedback from our customers, we also offer a full range of complimentary services that are generally less well known. … Read More

We are moving on 13th March 2017!

We are moving - Bridge House, 27 Bridge St, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8HL

After 10 years in The Small Office, it’s lived up to its name & we are moving! Chawton Hill has grown steadily but with our most recent expansion there just isn’t enough room to comfortably accommodate the team. We also have some exciting plans for further expansion in 2017/18, so needed to find somewhere with enough room to grow. Bridge … Read More

Modern Methods of Construction

Modern Methods of Construction

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) have been a recurring topic for many years. At last weeks Conservative Party Conference, Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, once again referenced MMC but what exactly are they and are they being employed in today’s construction projects? The answer to the last question is not really! Recent research by the  NHBC Foundation found … Read More

Women in surveying

Abi Peters, Women in Surveying, Chawton Hill Chartered Surveyors

According to the latest RICS statistics on Women in Surveying as at end of September, 13% of Global Chartered Surveyors (FRICS/MRICS) and 27%  of students are female. Compare this with the 3% female membership at the end of the 1980’s and the progress made in diversifying the profession in less than three decades is clear. In particular, the sector seems to … Read More

Ecclesiastical experience & expertise

Ecclesiastical experience, Church hall in Effingham

Our ecclesiastical experience stretches back to the inception of Chawton Hill. Over the years and numerous projects we have built up a detailed understanding on how best to design and successfully manage the build of e.g. Church Extensions, Halls and Community Buildings. We are very experienced in gaining planning approval on greenbelt sites or within conservation areas. Our sympathetic use … Read More