Michael J Redmond BSc (Hons) MRICS has surveyed thousands of Listed Buildings of every type and age, throughout London and the South East of England. With over 30 years of experience and over 20,000 homes surveyed his expertise in both Listed Buildings and Historic Buildings is vast.
Listed building surveys are a specialised field - done properly by an historic building surveyor, you will learn a great deal about the building.
To be able to survey a listed building, you need to understand the building. This means knowing your bricks, timber types, mortars, and roofing materials. Years of study will give you an insight as to how buildings have evolved over time, and how construction methods change.
When we advise clients about Listed Buildings, we use our extensive knowledge of the cost of work to them. We have taken Listed Buildings apart, and rebuilt them. We know what it costs to repair a heritage building - what materials to use, how to use them, and where to get them. We never stop learning - attending CPD courses on a regular basis - by the likes of the Weald and Downland Museum, Historic England, IHBC and others.
What we do:
Listed Building Surveys for buyers
We survey the building exhaustively - looking at structure, the materials it is made of, its history and development.
We look for any unauthorised alterations or additions the previous owners may have carried out. Don't forget you will automatically assume responsibility for these if you buy the building - it passes with the building not the person who did the work. We look at the planning history of the building, and examine all Listed Building Consents that have been approved or rejected to understand what is legal and what may not be. This can have a substantial effect on any financial negotiations.
We can look at the feasibility of any changes you are thinking of making. Often these may simply not be possible - or by changing the way they are presented, they may be eminently successful; bearing in mind the planning guidelines for alterations to Listed Buildings.
Building Conservation is a key focus, working with BS: 7913 as the broad overview. Leading on from this, we look at the cost and nature of any repairs needed. We look at the materials needed - the skills required, and help to cost these repairs so you have a structured budget and specification. This will take into account all components of the building including areas such as the roof, chimneys, stormwater drainage, walls, ground levels, and internal plasterwork.
Listed Building Surveys for home owners.
We work with owners of Listed Buildings to help you understand the history of the building and how it developed over the ages, through in-depth Full Building (Structural) Survey reports. This informs our understanding - what has happened since then - what materials have been used, and why. From this, we begin to build a picture of what may be wrong with the building - why is it damp, why is there decaying timber, and why is brickwork and stonework deteriorating.
We can also help prepare Listed Building Consent applications, with in-house Architectural Services, including all drawings, Heritage Statements & Design and Access Statements.