Dilpaidations and Disputes – How a Surveyor can Help

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in Building Surveying

Dilpaidations and Disputes – How a Surveyor can Help

Dilapidations and disputes over repair obligations are often one of the most problematic areas with regard to leasehold premises. Landlords will usually pass responsibility for maintaining and repairing premises on to their tenant. When negotiating a lease a well advised tenant will look to reduce this liability especially where the property is already in a […]

The Profession of a Building Surveyor

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in Building Surveying

The Profession of a Building Surveyor

I have always been aware of how fortunate I am having the privilege of doing what I love to do. I am passionate about buildings, in particular, historic buildings in all their varied forms as well as about construction techniques and materials. I also have a strong interest in architecture and design. Building Surveying comprises […]

Graduate Building Surveying Opportunity

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Building Surveying, Recruitment

Graduate Building Surveying Opportunity

When we take on a graduate we expect that, two years in, they are still enthralled by the construction industry. It’ll have been a tough two years, with a steep learning curve, and a few difficult moments. The work will have been technically challenging, with demanding clients and the expectation that you’ll fulfil a wide […]

It isn’t just Plastic – Concrete is Killing the Planet too

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Building Surveying

It isn’t just Plastic – Concrete is Killing the Planet too

The planet is warming at a frightening rate and we are still releasing greenhouse gases as if there were no consequences.  As this article makes clear, a massive and little appreciated source of CO2 is cement.  Governments have made a commitment to stop it.  How is that to be achieved? Every time a concrete building is […]

Energy Efficient Scotland

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Building Surveying

Energy Efficient Scotland

Back in May this year, the Scottish Government launched the Route Map and consultation on Energy Efficient Scotland (EES). The consultation proposed a range of measures which are designed to improve energy efficiency in Scotland’s building stock and to meet the Scottish Government’s key policy aims of eradicating fuel poverty and meeting decarbonisation targets. So, […]

Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 6

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Building Surveying

Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 6

At the end of September I attended the RICS Matrics Annual Dinner in Edinburgh. The evening was great, with good food, entertainment and best of all good conversation. I used to find networking daunting and tedious but over time my opinion on it has changed. I first came across networking at university where we would […]

Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 5

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Building Surveying

Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 5

When working beyond the central belt, it is not uncommon to find yourself passing large country estates. These estates and the buildings within are shining examples of Scotland’s architecture and can be well maintained with the grounds groomed to perfection. In contrast to these buildings of grandeur, other historic, traditional buildings within rural areas have […]

Pens, Single Use Plastics & Modern Construction

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Building Surveying

Pens, Single Use Plastics & Modern Construction

Having recently read a few Philip Hesketh books, an anecdote of his about a fountain pen made me think. For anyone technical, or who likes brands and design, pens always hold an allure, particularly expensive ones. The technology, although simple compared with many walks of life, is basic but often elegant. The different variations on […]

The Life of A Building Surveyor – Part 4

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Building Surveying

The Life of A Building Surveyor – Part 4

There are several contract suites used within the UK, each of which produce several different contracts for different types of construction project. Many of these contracts require the role of a Contract Administrator (CA). Put very briefly the CA impartially manages the contract between two parties, the employer and the contractor. Typical duties include chairing […]

The Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 3

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Building Surveying

The Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 3

Although there are many routes into the building surveying profession, the one I took was through academic studies at university. Although university gives you a solid knowledge base and teaches you the basics, I found that the real learning begins once in the work place and it never actually stops. It was stressed throughout university […]