Building Surveys

Congratulations to our Consultant Ken Veness on being awarded Honorary Life Membership by the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA).
Former PPA Chairman Ken received the accolade in recognition of his long service and dedication to the property sector and the PPA.
Ken, who has more than 40 years of experience, said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be recognised by my peers in this way and my sincere thanks go to all at the PPA.
“Although the industry has changed in many ways over the years, the PPA’s commitment to excellence among its membership has remained the same.

We've had another busy week as our super start to the year has continued in the lead up to the Easter weekend.
Demand has remained strong for our expert services in the first quarter of 2016, including surveys, architectural design, and structural, mechanical and electrical engineering.
One of the highlights of the year so far has been seeing our expertise, customer service and tremendous staff recognised at the Portsmouth News Business Excellence Awards in February.

Our experienced director Ian Lee has shared his expertise with readers of the Portsmouth News.
Ian featured in the Expert View column in the paper's Property section, giving an insight into the impact of Stamp Duty Land Tax surcharges coming into force on April 1.
The Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that the new 'landlord tax' will definitely take effect next month. Ian's advice to buyers trying to push a purchase through before the deadline is not to take any shortcuts and make sure you get a survey - it could come back to haunt you otherwise.

We're warning investors against cutting corners to beat a Stamp Duty rise in April.
Our caution comes before a new 3% surcharge comes into force on April 1 for second and holiday homes as well as buy-to-let properties.
Chancellor George Osborne is due to unveil full details of the new levy - on top of the existing Stamp Duty to be paid on a property – in his Budget on Wednesday March 16.
Ian Lee, one of our directors at our Fairway Business Centre headquarters, said: “The new Stamp Duty surcharge has understandably caused some concern.

Creating ‘better’ places to live can substantially increase property prices, according to a new survey.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has released the findings in its new information paper, called ‘Placemaking and Value’.
RICS says that the term ‘placemaking’ is used to capture all of the factors which combine to create a good place in which to live or work. Evidence suggests that top of the list for people in the UK is a concept of ‘neighbourhood’. Proximity to local facilities and shops also ranks highly.

Our Managing Director Bill McAndrew has written the Expert View column in today's Portsmouth News property guide.
He has given an in-depth look at the thorny subject of Party Walls legislation, which can prove taxing for property owners and developers alike.
Bill's column explains what to do if you are served with a Party Wall notice and some of the steps to take.
Party Walls are just one of the areas we specialise in, with many years of experience covering all types of Party Wall issues.

Latest survey results from RICS show that the commercial property market remains firm.

Demand is continuing to outstrip supply, keeping capital values and rents strong, according to its findings.

The results are in RICS’s latest UK Commercial Property Market Survey, for the final quarter of 2015.

Its study showed a continued rise in occupier and investment demand although the rate of increase just weakened slightly.

Strongest growth was in the industrial sector although tenant demand growth also remained solid in office and retail.

Proposals to boost housing stocks in the UK have entered the final stages of debate at the House of Commons.
The Housing and Planning Bill has been fiercely contested by opponents, supporters, politicians, housing professionals and experts over the past few months.
Now it has reached its report stage at the Commons where it was debated by MPs yesterday – one of the landmark stages on its route to becoming law.

Portsmouth is bucking the national trend with unemployment dropping again.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the number of people claiming jobseekers’ allowance fell from 2,170 in July to 2,166 in August.
In Gosport, it dropped from 656 to 629 and from 459 to 441 in Fareham. In Havant, the figures rose slightly from 1,050 to 1,059.
Not the greatest changes granted, but they do show the prevailing trend across the Portsmouth and Hampshire area.

We're in the News!

A story about our post-election boost has been featured by the Portsmouth News today.

It includes details about the surge in demand for our residential surveys and our property related services after we all got back to 'business as usual' following the general election result of a couple of weeks ago.

With the Queen's Speech on Wednesday, the country is returning to normal - and hopefully we will see those GDP figures start to grow strongly again.

Our great thanks go to all at the News for covering the story. Very much appreciated.

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