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Building Surveying

Mark Atherton BSc MRICS leads the team of building surveyors based at our office in Chester.

He is a Chartered Building Surveyor with a wealth of building surveying experience gained both in commerce and in private practice. As such, he is able to provide a client focussed commercially aware approach to achieving prompt and pragmatic solutions to many complicated and contentious building issues.

Jonathan Hardie BSc (Hons) MRICS joined Legat Owen in 2011 and qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2012. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2008 and then gained valuable experience working in the Building Surveying department of a multinational engineering company. Jon has good hands on experience in all aspects of building surveying with particular focus on project management, procuring both small and large scale refurbishment schemes on a wide variety of commercial properties. He undertakes pre-acquisition surveys on a range of properties, these surveys have included small retail premises to large golf clubhouses. He acts for both landlords and tenants in dilapidation claims and is regularly instructed to prepare schedules of condition for a variety of different clients. He is also experienced in the submission of planning applications and in the preparation of drawings using AutoCAD software.

Between them, the team can provide detailed advice on all the following:-

1. Defect Analysis and Reporting

2. Landlord and Tenant Professional Advice
- Lease interpretation
- Schedule of condition / dilapidation (landlord / tenant)
- Strategic property maintenance
- Licenses for alteration
- Exit strategies

3. Party Walls and Neighbourly Matters Advice

4. Statutory Compliance Advice
- Building regulations
- Planning permissions
- Asbestos surveys and management

5. Building Contract Administration
- Preparation of documentation
- Procurement
- Management
- Development advice
- Development monitoring
- Project monitoring and client's agent

6. Surveys
- Pre-acquisition advice
- Building surveys
- Specific defect surveys
- Due diligence surveys
- Measured surveys
- Photographic record schedules

7. Building Reinstatement Assessment

8. Expert Witness Services
- Building dispute reports
- Boundary dispute reports
- Construction defect reports
- Court attendance

Our Team

Mark Atherton Director 01244 408232
Jonathan Hardie Senior Building Surveyor 01244 408248
Abbie Joinson Secretary Building Surveying & Valuations 01244 408223