Historic Buildings Consultant

Building Surveys & Reports

Building Surveys & Reports

Building surveys are intended to provide building owners with a detailed and constructive assessment of the condition of the property or properties included; this may be as part of a quinquennial or quadrennial programme of commissioning surveys, such as those carried out by the National Trust or Church of England, or simply as a one-off instruction by a private building owner or occupier wishing to plan their own maintenance or repair works.

The survey is primarily visual and non-destructive and provides a comprehensive insight into the particular defects (active and potential) of each element of the building fabric. The survey is traditionally presented in report form with sections for external and internal building elements, a summary of recommendations and costs for repair works required and photographs. Ancillary information, such as sketches and drawings (either commissioned or provided) can also be included where required.

However, the above is not prescriptive as the reports and presentation of findings can be tailored to meet each client's requirements.