Surveys

As a leading independent property surveying practice, we unveiled our new corporate structure and strapline at the Gherkin skyscraper in London.
We held the invitation-only showcase in the exclusive Searcys private members’ club at the top of the iconic London landmark.
Our Managing Director Bill McAndrew and Director of Surveying London Gareth Pryce outlined our multidisciplinary services and explained the concept behind our new motto, ‘Professional Solutions by Design’.

What a great evening at the Gherkin to showcase our comprehensive range of multi-disciplinary services and new strapline, Professional Solutions by Design.
We welcomed guests to a presentation and canapés at Searcys restaurant on the 38th floor of the iconic London landmark before heading to the 40th floor bar at the very tip of the building to enjoy drinks and a breathtaking 360 degrees view of the city.
Many thanks to all who came and helped make it such a success - and many thanks too to all of our staff who worked so hard to organise the event.

The date has been set. New Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his first Autumn Statement on Wednesday November 23.
He revealed the date when he appeared before a House of Lords committee earlier this week.
The Autumn Statement has become increasingly important over recent years, perhaps second only to the Budget as the most important economic announcement for UK plc.
Much like the Budget, it includes a whole range of taxation and spending plans – and occasionally a few surprises – which have an impact on the economy as well as the country as a whole.

Our latest Surveying the Scene column has hit today's Portsmouth News.

In the latest of a series of columns by our Director Ian Lee, it examines the reputation surveyors have for caution - and why this is a good thing for all concerned.

As a twice former chairman of the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) with many years of experience, Ian is extremely well placed to offer expert comment and informed professional advice in a wide range of areas.

New figures have given fresh cause for optimism in the wake of the historic Brexit vote as we head into September.
There was a pick-up in house price growth over August, according to Nationwide. And confidence among UK consumers also improved during the month, another survey has suggested.
The findings follow encouraging economic data, a fall in unemployment, statistics showing gains for manufacturing and the Bank of England’s recent interest rate cut.

We’ve had a very busy August so far as demand for our comprehensive range of surveys and property related services has continued to remain strong.
Sometimes, quite naturally, business can slow a little in August as people head off on holiday or place any plans on hold until September.
However, this August has seen the pace of growth continue unabated; perhaps Brexit, the interest rate cut and the economic climate may be playing a role.

An article by our director Ian Lee features in the Portsmouth News' Property Guide today. In the article, Ian underlines the value of getting a survey for your home, property or land as well as the importance of using a local professionally - ideally from the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA).
Ian, who is a double former Chairman of the PPA and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), is a regular contributor the Guide.

Churchill…Oh No!
Latest research out today from Churchill Insurance revealed that a staggering SEVEN MILLION homeowners failed to get a survey before buying their property.
This is like playing Russian roulette with your future when purchasing a property is the greatest investment most people will make in their lifetime.
There has been a strong reaction from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to the figures.
And we couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so here is their response in full from their UK Residential Director Andrew Bulmer:

Interest rates were finally cut yesterday – down from 0.5% to a new historic low 0.25%.
It’s the first cut since 2009 and it was accompanied by a package of additional measures to stimulate the UK economy, including a £100bn scheme to force banks to pass on the low interest rate to households and businesses.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has also signalled the possibility of a further cut later in the year.
Of course, it’s good news for anyone on a mortgage which tracks the base rate but another blow for savers.

Tomorrow is the Big Day – when the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decides whether or not to cut interest rates.
Rates have remained at their historic low of 0.5% since 2009. Governor Mark Carney hinted in June that the Bank would cut rates to help counter any downturn following the Brexit vote.
However, the Bank defied market expectations of a reduction in its first post-Brexit rate decision in July, perhaps with some justification amid the economic and political volatility of the time.

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