• Commercial Building Surveys
  • Residential Building Surveys
  • Defect Diagnosis
  • Building Conservation
  • Schedules of Condition
  • Project Management
  • Quinquennial Surveys
  • Dilapidations
  • Party Wall Surveyor
  • Expert Witness
  • Access Consultancy

If you are considering purchasing a commercial property or entering into a lease with repairing covenants, then our experienced team can provide the necessary inspection and technical due diligence assessment. The C+A team has the skills and resources to provide a range of quality, bespoke building surveys.

Having delivered this core service area for over 20 years our reputation is such that we have been privileged to have been involved in providing Building Survey reports and advice for many high profile clients and transactions across all property sectors. Our extensive experience enables us to provide a commercial, cost-effective and excellent quality of service, whether for stand-alone or multiple building acquisitions.

We understand that funders, institutions, investors, occupiers and vendors have differing needs. With every instruction we ensure that, from the outset, we understand your particular aims and tailor our product to meet your requirements – whether they relate to defects, materials testing, refurbishment proposal, cost recoverability via dilapidation claims, insurance, warranties, documentation and many other matters. Our experienced Project Consultancy team is also on-hand should you wish to proceed with procuring and carrying out works – ranging from straightforward defects remedying to full-scale refurbishments and extensions.

Our expertise in landlord and tenant matters also means we provide significant added value to the service we provide since the financial implications of terminal (and interim) dilapidations claims and the recoverability of service charge expenditure are usually considerable. To us, this is a critically important and crucial part of the technical due diligence process. This is why we take the time to review existing leases and associated documentation to ensure that our clients are provided with as full a picture as possible of the proposed acquisition.


• Defects analysis

• Portfolio surveys

• Pre-acquisition freehold occupier surveys

• Pre-acquisition investor survey

Our Chartered Surveyors can undertake surveys of residential buildings giving you full details of their construction and state of repair. This type of survey is much more detailed than the mortgage valuation required by a potential lender, giving details of specific defects and budget costs for repair. When undertaking a residential survey we are conscious that our client will be relying on our experience and expertise to advise them on one of the biggest investments they will ever make. Our surveys are impartial and reliable.

We pride ourselves on being through and rigorous with attention to detail. Our reports are concise and clear to allow the client to easily understand the defects and issues that may arise following our inspection and reported upon in our survey.

Our surveys offer:

• Peace of mind that you know the property and the risks it may carry

• Confidence that you can make an offer that reflects the true circumstances of the property (e.g. how an owner maintains its condition   or how a vendor protects the sale)

• Reassurance that your surveyor is delivering a high quality, reliable and cost-effective service based on RICS standards of practice

• A clear understanding of your property thanks to a report written in plain English with simple colour-coding to illustrate the         surveyor’s findings.

At C+A we adopt a scientific and analytical analysis of building defects which is necessary to understand the cause of component failure. We also consider the condition, strength and durability of the building elements when making our diagnosis. The assessment of failure, or non-compliance with specification, has increasingly become a pre-requisite of dispute resolution and litigation.

Our building pathology service includes the following services:

• Concrete and deleterious materials

• Curtain walling, cladding and glazing

• Defect analysis, forensic engineering and material failures

• Heritage conservation

• Structural appraisal

Our team of surveyors oversee works to buildings of a listed and/or historic nature on a regular basis. We provide a complete service from initial inspection/survey to specification and contract administration of the works. We are also experienced in gaining faculty approval from Diocesan bodies for works to churches in particular.

As conservation specialists with design at the heart of our business our starting point for all our work is to understand the unique characteristics and opportunities of a building. We work with our clients, to realise the benefit of their building through design, conservation & repair.

At C+A we believe that both design and repair should relate well to their context and make appropriate use of existing and modern materials. We work closely with our conservation architect colleagues to ensure we are considering the design and traditional methods of craftsmanship when specifying repairs etc.

We are experienced in the integration and interpretation of both modern and traditional technologies in historic buildings and interiors to make them environmentally sustainable, energy-efficient and fit for modern purpose. Our philosophy, attention to detail, and understanding of traditional and modern materials and construction methods ensure a living continuity for our buildings and places.

We can provide an accurate record and properly constructed schedules of condition. Our reports include a detailed record of the buildings current condition, recorded in writing and backed up with photographic evidence or videographic images. Our schedule of condition benchmarks a property’s state of repair and records all defects at a given date.

Our schedules are normally produced in relation to leased property and are often intended to limit future dilapidations liabilities. They also play a crucial role in party wall work in damage identification following construction work undertaken by neighbouring owners.

Inadequate and poorly written schedules of condition, often result in protracted negotiations and can end in significant financial implications. At C+A we understand the importance of an appropriately constructed, accurate and thorough schedule – all of which is essential in ensuring a schedule of condition performs its intended purpose fully.

Services we offer:

• Photographic schedules of condition

• Videographic schedules of condition

• High level drone surveys which can be included in the schedules of condition

Our project management experience is considerable and forms a major part of our business. We can provide project management from small projects through to multi million pound projects. We have completed a significant number of extremely varied schemes to date, with values ranging from £5k – £40m. Our experienced teams provide award winning Project Management services throughout the UK.

Our ethos is to deliver a high level of service and value for money, our Project Consultancy services cover projects ranging from fit-outs to repair, maintenance, new-build and refurbishment, covering all property sectors. Our Surveyors are pragmatic and efficient in understanding and interpreting the Clients brief. We provide a client-tailored strategy whilst adding value to ensure each project progresses on budget, on time and to exacting quality standards.

We have a comprehensive skill base and considerable experience in all matters relating to the built environment and our team ethic brings in other disciplines into our Project Management service. This may include, costs consultancy, structural engineering, M&E service engineers, party wall surveyors etc.

Services we offer:

• Contract administration

• Cost consultancy

• Architectural design services

• Employer’s agent

• Principal Designer Role

• Feasibility Studies

• Project management

We undertake 5 year inspections on a range of properties but this type of inspection is mainly limited to churches where we are appointed consultants to a number of local Diocesan organisations. The Quinquennial Report is one of the key documents which assists our clients in the care and repair of a church building, for which it is legally responsible. It gives a snapshot of the repair needs of the building, and lists the repairs required according to their priority. It is also assists bids for funding and other grants that may be available.

Our Quinquennial inspections involve a thorough survey of all aspects of a building’s fabric and are intended to identify problems which have developed since the last time it was inspected and to establish priorities for repair to ensure the preservation of the fabric.

C+A has a proven track record in providing commercial solutions for both landlord and tenant clients, ranging from single instructions through to complete property portfolio management. We offer a high quality service, for both landlord and tenant clients. We use our extensive expertise to give the best possible advice and obtain the best possible outcome for our clients.

We apply our many years of professional experience in identifying the negotiating strategy required and realising the best outcome for our clients. Our clients include Local Authorities, Ecclesiastical Organisations, private property companies, EFA, retailers and leisure operators.

We maintain very close links with the RICS and many of the industry’s leading solicitors in this area of our business to ensure that we are always fully abreast of the latest developments in this complex area of law.

Services offered:

• Assessment of dilapidations liability for tenant/landlord

• Break / Termination clause advice

• Strategy advice / implementation / Section 18

• Interim/terminal defence for tenant

• Monitor works for landlord/tenant

• Negotiate financial settlement for landlord or tenant

• Prepare interim/terminal claim for landlord

We have detailed knowledge of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and experience of working with clients and their neighbouring owners to resolve party wall matters, saving them time and money. We offer specialist, commercial and pragmatic advice to clients on a wide range of projects involving Party Wall and Neighbourly Matters across the UK.

We provide high quality advice in this area of our business to education clients, private developers, Local Authorities, Leisure Sector Clients, Ecclesiastical Clients, private occupiers and neighbours. Through careful management of the Party Wall process and acting within the relevant legislative frameworks, our aim is to prevent, minimise and resolve disputes as efficiently as possible whilst protecting the interests of our clients throughout.

We have dedicated neighbourly matters surveyors who are aware of the technical interpretation of the Party Wall Act and we ensure that we are always abreast of the latest developments. We are also very experienced in the negotiation of licences to secure access over neighbouring land in order to carry out building work, including cranes, scaffolding and hoarding.

Services in this sector:

• Party wall – building/adjoining/agreed owner’s surveyor

• Party Wall – crane/scaffolding/hoarding and access licenses

Our Chartered Surveyors are experienced in acting as Expert Witnesses in Construction related disputes. We are familiar with all legal protocol and trained to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Our service enables the legal profession and assists in the satisfactory resolution of building and property-related disputes, we have a number of staff who frequently work with local solicitors and whom understand and appreciate the special requirements entailed.

Our services includes the following:

• Initial opinion on technical issues and/or strengths of arguments

• Advice on professional/technical matters

• Preliminary advice in the selection of other experts

We are experienced in producing access audits for many of our clients and can also provide advice on accessibility in the built environment. Access Audits provide an important document to conform with the Equality Act 2010. We at C+A can offer guidance on improving accessibility and working environments for all building users, this includes construction advice where required.

We are constantly reviewing legislative changes, standards, best practice guidelines and new case law to ensure our clients are given the correct advice and recommendations.

Our Access Audit reports are drafted to suit each Client’s needs or particular requirements. Our documents/reports are presented in a concise format, enabling a review of what changes and alterations we recommend, together with their priority and a cost estimation. Our Surveyors and Architects have experience in designing and managing access alteration projects these also include buildings which are listed.


Philip Gornall (Preston)

Dave Owen (Chester)

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