Our Building Surveying Services

Our team of in-house chartered surveyors have a wealth of knowledge and experience of many types of properties both new and old from listed buildings to modern offices and factory buildings. The identification and rectification of building defects is a service that we provide to a broad range of property owners. We are also experienced in the preparation of Expert Reports and in giving Expert Evidence for the resolution of building defect disputes.

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Phil Hunt BSc (Hons) MRICS, MBIFM

Phil is a Chartered Surveyor with a wide range of experience in Building Surveying, Property Management and Facilities Management within the commercial property industry in both consultancy and client roles. Phil brings with him over 25 years of Building Surveying experience in both the commercial and residential sectors and has been a Chartered Surveyor since 2004. Phil has a wealth of commercial experience having worked, contractor and client side, and for public and private employers.

 

Phil is responsible for the delivery of the technical services of Building Surveying and Project Management within the Bournemouth office. Managing the team of surveyors and designers to ensure the quality and consistency of our service delivery exceeds expectations and to grow the business locally.

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Surveys

A Building Survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property, reported upon in a style to suit the property and a client’s specific requirements. It is suitable for all types of property including listed buildings, older properties, buildings constructed in an unusual way and properties where renovations are planned or have been carried out. It includes an inspection of all accessible areas of a property tailored to meet any specific requirements of a client. The exposure and testing of services are however not included, but Bennington Green can arrange for the commissioning of any specialist third party inspections and surveys on behalf of clients on their request.

Defects Analysis

An elemental or specialist investigation can be carried out as part of a Building Survey or it may be instructed as a separate survey by a client. This type of survey is usually instructed where concern exists over specific parts of, or defects in, a property. Examples of this specialist work are the detailed study of movement, cracking, bulging or timber decay for instance. Formal reports are produced at the completion of investigations and inspections, and these will include recommendations for the rectification of any defects identified.

Dilapidations

Bennington Green undertakes Condition Surveys for the purpose of preparing Schedules of Dilapidations. These surveys identify the repairs required to tenanted premises in relation to the repairing obligations under the terms of a lease. The Schedule of Dilapidations may be prepared for service on the landlord or tenant depending upon their respective lease obligations, and can be compared against the Schedule of Condition produced at the commencement of the lease. Bennington Green can manage the whole process to ensure that all required works are carried out satisfactorily.

Party Wall

The Party Wall Act 1996 applies throughout England and Wales. It provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes between neighbours in relation to boundary walls,  party walls and excavations within 3m or 6m of a neighbouring building or structure.

Bennington Green has significant experience in the administration of the Act in the capacity as Building Owner’s Surveyor, Adjoining Owner’s Surveyor and acting in a single capacity as Agreed Surveyor. If you are intending to carry out construction works near to your neighbour’s property or if indeed you have been served with a formal Notice by your neighbour, please don’t hesitate to contact us for free, no obligation advice.

Further information about the Act can be found at the Communities & Local Government website.

Maintenance Plans

Modest spending on regular maintenance can reduce the need for costly repairs, protect the fabric of your building and save money in the longer term. Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure the continued preservation and future use of a building.

It is often the case that buildings are maintained on an ad-hoc basis without proper planning. This results in inefficient spending probably with excessive peaks and troughs and almost certainly with poor quality control. The solution is to prepare a pro-active Maintenance Plan which enables all major expenditure to be planned in advance, therefore enabling proper competitive quotations to be obtained. This helps an organisation or management company to predict and plan for the higher spending works.

Prior to a Maintenance Plan being prepared, it will first be necessary to carry out a detailed inspection of the property. A Schedule of Condition will then be drawn up identifying all defects in a formal report. Our team of professionally qualified Building Surveyors and Quantity Surveyors combine their skills to provide repair and maintenance plans which are presented in a tabular format, enabling the reader to gain an in depth understanding of the key issues in an easy to understand layout.

Bennington Green are able to offer Clients with a full range of bespoke services on various property types that have a Listed Building Status including obtaining necessary statutory approvals and liaison with Conservation Officers and Departments.