Building Surveying

Purcell’s team of qualified surveyors and architects offer specialist services for surveying the condition of historic buildings. These can either be provided as a stand-alone service or as part of a larger multi-disciplinary project.

Our survey reports are always tailored to the specific requirements and expectations of the client, and are presented in a format that makes them accessible and easy to use.

Our most important asset is the experience and knowledge of our team of conservation-accredited architects and surveyors. This ensures that we interpret building condition and defects as reliably as possible.

At the outset of any project we will confirm with the client the scope of the survey and what data needs to be collected – for example the type of cost information required and whether any specialist surveys are needed. We often collaborate with other construction professionals to ensure that the client receives an integrated assessment.

Our services include:

- Building condition surveys and defect analysis.

- Pre-acquisition surveys and technical due diligence reports.

- Surveys of historic buildings at risk, both for owners and local planning authorities.

- Stock condition surveys and life-cycle cost plans.

- Specifications and schedules of work for specialist repairs.

- Enabling development surveys.

- Grant-related surveys and advice.

- Dilapidations assessments.

Having a reliable condition survey can help with:

- Early diagnosis and recommendations for treatment of fabric decay.

- Formulating forward work programmes and budgets.

- Supporting bids for funding e.g. from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

- Compliance with corporate requirements for regular surveys (including quadrennial or quinquennial inspections).

- To support a Heritage Management Plan in connection with tax exemption.

- Advice to a prospective purchaser regarding repair liabilities.

- Strategic advice on complex repair issues.

- To support the service of a Repairs Notice by a local planning authority.