Everyone's heard the phrase 'tip of the iceberg'; suggesting a more complex issue than first assumed. Well, sometimes party wall matters take you beneath the 'wall', as I discovered on a recent project in London...
Building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction, providing the link between the client and the contracting world. A building surveyor is generally considered to have one of the broadest yet most specialised skill sets in surveying, giving them an ideal perspective when strategically advising you on your property assets.
A Grade 2 listed building is defined as a UK building or structure that is "of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve it". Grade 2 is a classification that can be applied to a wide variety of buildings and other structures, in a range of ages, styles and locations.
PPM stands for Planned Preventive Maintenance, which is also called planned maintenance or scheduled maintenance. PPM maintenance is carried out on an asset (like a piece of equipment, a property, or an element of a property) on a regular basis.
The building industry has seen a technological revolution in recent years to make construction faster, cheaper and safer. From drones, to AI (Artificial Intelligence), to BIM (Building Information Modelling) – we’ve made it possible to live and breathe the construction of a building before the first brick is laid. But how far have we taken our lifecycle modelling of new construction methods and materials? – will these buildings last?
A period property is a property that was built during a specific time period, characterised by a distinctive architectural style. There is no binding definition as to which time period a property should come from to fit this classification, but it usually refers to an era before World War I. Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian properties are often referred to as period properties as well.
Heritage architecture is a term that refers to buildings or structures of historical or cultural importance, which are a vital part of the country’s heritage and require conservation. This architecture comprises a large portion of the UK’s heritage sector.
Curtilage is an important legal concept when it comes to property and land. It refers to an area of land attached to a house, which forms one enclosure with that house – for example, a garden, a yard or an outbuilding.