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 […]

The Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 2

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Building Surveying

The Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 2

In the first blog of this series I talked about getting out of the city and seeing the far ends of the country whilst working as a building surveyor. Whilst Scotland has some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world it also has some very complex and intricate man-made structures which are equally […]

Cash for Conservation – a building surveyor’s perspective

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Building Surveying

Cash for Conservation – a building surveyor’s perspective

The Common Owners of heritage buildings often find the prospect of major repairs daunting.  GLM’s experience and tailor-made “Shared Repairs” service supports them all the way. During my time at GLM I have been involved in a number of shared repair projects as well as projects involving listed buildings. When the two come together it […]

The Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 1

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Building Surveying

The Life of a Building Surveyor – Part 1

If I asked you which profession allows you to spend a high percentage of your working life outdoors and gives you the opportunity to see the far corners of the country, how long would it take you to suggest building surveying? There is a common misconception that building surveyors spend their lives scrambling around roofs […]

Building Maintenance : Slatework

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Building Surveying

Building Maintenance : Slatework

Slatework generally lasts somewhere between about 75 and 150 years before it becomes inevitable that it should be replaced.  It may or may not be possible to reuse a proportion of the slates depending on their condition.  Two things generally fail: the nails or the slates. Image : Scotch Slatework that is some years old […]