Building Surveys

Inspiring the next generation – 2018 is the Year of Engineering.
The initiative has been launched by the Government to encourage more young people into the profession and help narrow the sector’s skills gap.
McAndrew Martin’s well-established Mechanical and Electrical Engineering department – led by Director Horace McAndrew – provides expert support for a wide variety of clients nationwide.

The Gherkin, the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater…and now the Scalpel.
At Number 52 Lime Street, it is the latest iconic skyscraper being built in the City of London as the capital’s skyline becomes ever more impressive, writes McAndrew Martin’s Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan.
When it comes to landmark buildings such as the Gherkin or the Scalpel, structural engineering is particularly important.

McAndrew Martin has been rated as one of the leading property consultancies in the UK.
We've risen up the rankings in the industry’s Top 150 Consultants for 2017, published by Building magazine.
We've broken into the top 100 places for the first time at 97 - up from 108 in 2015, 136 in 2014 and 166 in 2013.
It follows major growth with expansion in headcount, offices and annual fees after the company restructured into six directorates in 2016.
Managing Director Bill McAndrew said: “This success is a testament to the hard work of all of our staff.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year from us all at McAndrew Martin!
Our warmest wishes and thanks go to all of our valued customers, clients, suppliers and business associates for their support during 2017.
We've recorded continued growth over the past 12 months, with demand increasing for multi-disciplinary services.
Highlights have also included our third charity golf day – one of the best attended corporate events of its kind on the South coast – which raised £6,000 as well as our summer garden party.

There is an interesting article on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) website about the increasing importance of technology in achieving higher quality reporting standards, greater accuracy and faster turnaround times.
Our Director of Building Surveying Bruce Scott spotted the story on the RICS website. Bruce, like all of our highly qualified property professionals, uses the latest technology in the field and the office – including drones, tablets, integrated IT systems and bespoke software.

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 stations.
We've raised nearly £7,000 for the charity so far this year from such events as our golf day and summer garden party in support of the hospice at Purbrook.
It was a privilge to be helping the charity once again, to give back to the community.

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 market are rebalancing – including more competitive asking prices in London – demand still remains strong.

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, commercial, private or public sector.

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 a London cabbie’s shelter, a First World War wireless station, a ‘hobbit house’ in Yorkshire, a home in the Cornish woods and a Jewish Cemetery.

An article by our director Ian Lee about leasehold property has appeared in a prominent position on page three of the Homes supplement in today's Portsmouth News.
Ian explains how householders have become more aware of issues surrounding this type of property ownership and taking steps to safeguard its value with extended lease terms.
Leaseholder property comes under the spotlight amid Government concerns about some housebuilders selling new homes leasehold rather than freehold - with concerns over ground rent increases and leasehold terms.


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