This week all of our surveyors have been busy – hooray! Although it’s holiday time and mean’t to be quiet we managed to do a building survey on 4 houses this week as well as prepare 3 schedules of condition for Party Wall Awards, survey a roof, get a DDA project underway for a sports pavilion in Surrey, carry out a DDA Audit and pre construction advice for a designer clothes shop in London and finally commence an interesting commission to resolve a condensation and humidity problem at a fruit storage warehouse.
- Our favourite survey this week was a terraced 2 bed in Hythe, Kent. Very nicely refurbished and in generally good order all round. Pic below. Of course we’re local so we know Hythe inside out – need a survey or Homebuyer report in Hythe? We think we’re the local experts! Get a free quote here
- We also completed our report on a strange property at Dungeness, set in a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Bird Reserve it is no surprise that Dungeness is used as the location for Doctor Who and other out of this world programmes, it is a peculiar place and so are the properties, nothing ordinary there with building of asbestos, converted from railway carriages, a new rubber clad house as well as timber properties like Derek Jarmans old house. Oh and overlooking the whole lot and with a background hum is a nuclear power station. Access by one road in and the same road out or by steam train on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Cracking fish and chips at the Brittannia almost makes it worthwhile but don’t expect a local shop. The quantity of asbestos in the buildings there is quite extraordinary though – photo below of an asbestos garage – just imagine a two bedroom house made of this and like this and you’re there. Looking to buy in Dungeness? We don’t give recommendations usually but Samantha at Geering and Colyer in New Romney knows the place well, need a survey on an oddball property at Dungeness – well, of course, try us – Collier Stevens Chartered Surveyors we know the area quite well too!!
- The DDA Audit of the clothes shop was little more challenging, all of the sales area and the changing facilities were to be downstairs with stair access only. The ground floor is raised and acts as the “showroom”, and there’s a client who is keen to meet obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act as well as keen to minimise expenditure and impact on sales area…. we were able to provide good guidance as to the obligations and assist them with their Access Statements. [photo below isn’t the shop! It’s a boarded up and redundant unit we found in Brasov Romania!] Disability Rights Commisison Case Study “Bringing the DDA Life for Small Shops”
- Finally we were asked to investigate a condensation problem at a substantial fruit warehouse and packing plant. Soft fruit and condensation to the level that it drips form the ceiling is a bad mix and so an urgent solution is required, we’ve set up environment sensors which measure humidity and air temperature to start working out what’s going on and will update here in a week or two. Got a condensation problem – we just might be able to help you work out why and what to do to overcome it!