How to write successful CIF Bids

Condition Improvement Fund bids

We have been writing successful funding bids in various forms for nearly 20 years. In our experience securing CIF bids comes down to following the famous five P’s. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance and avoiding the sixth P of Procrastination! The deadline for each academic year tends to follow a similar pattern. Final bids are required on the Education and … 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

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

Condition Data Collection

A4-Education-at-cost-condition-surveys

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) launched their Condition Data Collection (CDC) programme in early 2017 setting it to run through to Autumn 2019 in five, separate tranches. The CDC is one of the biggest condition data collection exercises in the UK public sector. The aim is to visit every government maintained school in England to collect data about … 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

ISBA 2017 Conference Winners

Chawton Hill ISBA 2017 3 Putt Challenge

For the ISBA 2017 Conference we decided on a putting competition. A quick survey of our current bursar client base showed a high proportion of golfers and putting was an easy enough game for everyone, golfer or not to have a go. As we were to discover, hockey players and indeed non golfing bursars scored just as well as their … Read More

Top Tips for a Successful Exhibition

Chawton Hill Chartered Surveyors ISBA 2017 Stand - Dave Edwards and Steve Holmes successful exhibition

We thought it would be useful to pull together our tips for a successful exhibition following our attendance at this year’s Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) conference in Manchester. The 2017 ISBA conference has been our most successful to date, so it’s good practice to review our approach and see what worked well and where we can improve. Firstly it’s … Read More

ISBA Conference 2017

ISBA Conference in Manchester, education facilities

Education is one of our core business sectors and with the annual ISBA conference  just a few weeks away we have been reviewing our current school projects in time for the conference. As with last years conference, the Chawton Hill team will be demonstrating our 16+ years expertise in; obtaining planning permissions for school buildings, particularly in Greenbelt areas working with … 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

New NESCOT parking facilities

NESCOT parking and main entrance

Our latest NESCOT project to receive Epsom & Ewell Borough Council approval is the re-development of the site’s parking facilities & main entrance. As the first impression for new visitors & returning students, this phase really helps to finish off the collage’s £ multi million redevelopment plans. Our relationship with NESCOT goes back nearly fifteen years. In that time we … Read More

Education Facilities

Exceptional Education Facilities in Surrey by Chawton Hill Chartered Surveyors

We have been helping education facilities in & around Surrey since the very start of Chawton Hill, nearly 15 years ago. Our experience extends to Independent Schools, Foundation Schools and Academies. We are active members of the Independent School’s Bursars Association annual conference, the next of which is being held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex between 17 – 18 May … 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