Residential Disability Alterations

Design and specification for the conversion of an existing outbuilding into a ground floor, wheelchair accessible bathroom.

Conversion of outbuilding into wheelchair accessible bathroom – Kent

We were asked by a client in Kent to provide the design and specification for the conversion of an existing outbuilding into a ground floor, wheelchair accessible bathroom, including associated alterations comprising door widening, external ramps etc. Our work included a measured survey, design drawings and specification.

Basement Construction in London

Party Wall Matters

We acted as Building Owner’s surveyor for the construction of a basement to a terraced house in London which had two Adjoining Owners.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Basement Construction, London

Collier Stevens were retained to act as Building Owner’s surveyor for the construction of a basement to a terraced house in London which had two Adjoining Owners. A fairly standard scheme of excavation, temporary support and underpinning to both party walls was required.

Lift in a house

Residential Disability Alterations

Design and project management for the installation of a wheelchair lift and associated alterations in a semi detached house

Installation of wheelchair lift – Bromley

We were retained to design and manage the installation of a wheelchair lift in a three bed semi in Bromley. This included all necessary structural design, building regulation approval and project management. Associated alterations included widening of door openings, extension to accommodate an accessible WC and external ramps to facilitate wheelchair access.

Housing Disrepair Expert Witness

Single Defect Report

Collier Stevens were asked to attend site, inspect the property and prepare a CPR35 compliant Expert Witness Report for the worst case of damp and condensation we have seen.

Expert Report – Dampness & Condensation, London

On behalf of tenants legal advisers we were asked to attend site, inspect the property and prepare a CPR35 compliant Expert Witness Report to assist in identifying housing disrepair liability for dampness and some of the worst condensation damage we have seen in our career.

Schedule of Condition

Schedule of Condition

A detailed schedule and record of condition of three buildings was required prior to construction of major sea defences.

Collier Stevens completed a detailed schedule of three buildings, including a Martello Tower in an exposed location on the Suffolk coast. Major sea defences were to be constructed and Schedules were necessary to record the building condition before works started.

Refurbished front facade of central London building

Project Services

This was a comprehensive programme of external repair and redecoration to two high value residential apartment blocks.

External Repair and refurbishment – Knightsbridge

This was a comprehensive programme of repair and redecoration to two high value residential apartment blocks in central London. This included inspection, specification, tendering and project management. Particular challenges were the negotiation of scaffold licences with neighbouring occupiers and complicated access over an operating restaurant to allow access to the rear elevation.

Loft Conversion in London - Party Wall Problem

Party Wall Matters

Collier Stevens were commissioned by the building owners to act as party wall surveyor for a loft conversion and rear outrigger extension.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Attic Conversion (London)

Collier Stevens were the Building Owner’s Surveyor, for an attic conversion and rear outrigger extension in South London. Notifiable work included raising the party wall, internal alterations and structural steels being place in the party wall.

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ISVA Homebuyer Survey

Collier Stevens was asked to undertake a this ISVA Level 2 Building Survey for a buy-to-let purchaser of a Victorian ground floor conversion flat.

Ground Floor Victorian Conversion Flat, Kent

Collier Stevens were asked to undertake a level 2 survey of a ground floor conversion flat in a Victorian house. Our client was particularly interested in the suitability of the property for use as a buy-to-let investment. Our survey revealed extensive dampness and condensation as well as issues relating to sound separation and fire separation. They decided not to proceed with this acquisition.

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Single Defect Report

Collier Stevens were asked to inspect a bungalow and determine the cause of fracturing to outer walls. The tree had something to do with it…

Defect Assessment – Structural Movement, Kent

On behalf of a Housing Association we were asked to inspect a bungalow and determine the cause of fracturing to outer walls. We were able to identify the cause as subsidence caused by the roots of adjacent trees.

Building works to house in London

Party Wall Matters

We were commissioned to act as Building Owner’s Surveyor for construction of a side and rear extension to the boundary line.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Rear & Side Extension, London

Collier Stevens were the Building Owner’s Surveyor – our client was constructing a single storey rear extension to his detached thirties house in London. Notices were required for building on the boundary line and adjacent excavation for foundations and to reduce ground levels.

Works Adjacent to a Flank Wall Requiring a Party Wall Award

Party Wall Matters

We acted as Building Owner’s Surveyor, for a complicated scheme of demolition and reconstruction of a neighbouring property.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Complex Adjacent Building Work, Kent

Collier Stevens were the Building Owner’s Surveyor, for a complicated scheme of demolition and reconstruction of a neighbouring property requiring temporary works and the introduction of a substantial structural steel frame and columns immediately adjacent to a neighbouring property.

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Party Wall Matters

This project demonstrates our role in resolving a party wall dispute where significant structural damage was caused to a neighbouring property because of an error in construction.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Residential Redevelopment, London

Collier Stevens acted as Building Owner’s Surveyor for a scheme in London with multiple Adjoining Owners. It required demolition and extensive residential redevelopment.

It was notable for significant structural damage being caused to a neighbouring property because of an error in construction. The entire remedial work and settlement which ran well into six figures was resolved to all parties’ satisfaction within the provisions of the Party Wall Act and without recourse to lawyers.