Expert View: Multi-billion pound boost for housing

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OUR director Ian Lee has written an Expert View about the recent announcement of more government money for affordable housing and Help to Buy. We’ve seen demand for Help to Buy surveys rise over recent months as the scheme becomes increasingly popular. Ian, who heads up our General Practice division, explains more below. General Practice […]

Rowans Ride raises £35,000 for hospice

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Congratulations to all who took part in the Rowans Ride in Portsmouth recently. Oranisers from Rowans Hospice have just told us that they expect to have raised a staggering £35,000 from this event. More than 300 cyclists took part and we were delighted to play our part by helping out at one of the water […]

Surveying the Autumn Bounce

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The number of sales agreed in the residential property market has risen some 4.8% this September compared with 12 months ago, according to Rightmove. The residential property sector traditionally experiences an Autumn bounce in the last burst of activity of the year, writes our Director of General Practice Ian Lee. Although some sectors of the […]

Expert advice makes headlines

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Our Expert View about structural engineering has appeared in the Portsmouth News’ Homes guide today. In the column, our Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan highlights the growing trend for basement extensions in residential properties. He also outlines the importance to consider structural engineering as a key aspect of any project, whether it is residential, […]

Action stations for Rowans Ride

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Good luck to all the cyclists saddling up for the annual Rowans Ride this Sunday in Portsmouth. We’re pitching in to support the sixth annual fundraiser by manning a water station at the Eastney Baths checkpoint at Southsea. A 10-strong team including our staff and their families have volunteered to help give thousands of plucky […]

EXPERT VIEW: Sound advice on structural engineering

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NEW figures from the Halifax have laid bare the soaring demand for controversial basement conversions. It found that the number of planning applications for these fashionable schemes increased from 1,084 in 2012 to 3,064 in 2016 – a 183% rise. Although the trend for subterranean living is predominately London-based, the demand for extra room extends […]

Celebrating 70 years of Listed buildings

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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947. The law effectively represented the start of the Listed building system we have today. To date, the list features 400,000 entries – including palaces, piers, windmills and bridges. To celebrate the anniversary five more additions have been announced. They are […]

Upswing in leasehold property surveys

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Rising numbers of householders have approached us for leasehold property surveys in the first half of this year. Most are seeking to extend the length of their leasehold terms, whilst others may be seeking valuations to purchase the freehold of their property. The upswing comes as demand grows for services in our General Practice department […]

Charity is the winner at football match

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One of our Building Surveyors was in action over the weekend in a charity football match for Macmillan Cancer Support. Lewis Don was among the players when Castle United’s current and past first teams faced eachother in the charity clash at Rowlands Castle, near Waterlooville. The extravaganza looks set to raise more than £1,500 for […]