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 […]

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Building Surveying

Ground Source Heat Pumps

I have recently joined GLM after 7 years at Orkney Islands Council where I gained significant experience specifying renewable energy measures to various local authority buildings. One such project involved replacing the existing solid fuel systems to 40 housing properties with an energy efficient and low carbon means of providing heating and hot water. Following […]

A brief history of glass

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Building Surveying

A brief history of glass

Glass making went through various stages of evolution.  The very earliest glass was barely see-through and only small pieces could be made which were fitted into lead cames.  The circular “bullions” seen in early glass were a byproduct of the manufacturing process and have been reproduced since to give a cosy fake-old impression in “oldy […]

Probably the Best Window In The World

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Building Surveying, We Are GLM

Probably the Best Window In The World

The vertically sliding sash and case window takes some beating.  You can open it at the top to let out stale air and at the bottom to get a good blast of fresh air.  Properly installed it blocks as little daylight as possible.  Before the advent of float or plate glass the smaller panes required […]

Drying Out Wet Buildings

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Building Surveying

Drying Out Wet Buildings

The insurance industry has historically been happy to support an approach to drying out buildings that makes no sense at all.  Whenever a building gets soaked, whether by water from fire fighting or flooding from plumbing or from weather events, the priority is to get the building fabric dried out.  To do this Loss Adjusters […]

Rural Report 2017: How Knight Frank helped the Kennel Club acquire its first estate

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Building Surveying

Rural Report 2017: How Knight Frank helped the Kennel Club acquire its first estate

Buying and running a country estate for the first time can be a daunting prospect, so the Kennel Club turned to Knight Frank for help. Andrew Shirley finds out more about the organisation’s exciting acquisition.  Think of the Kennel Club and Crufts, the organisation’s world-famous showpiece of canine obedience and breeding, will immediately spring to […]