Out and About in April

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Here we are in May, already hurtling towards the mid-point of the year, with Spring having been very sunshine-generous here in Cornwall during April, bringing the sort of days during which the team are very happy to be out on site. Let’s have a quick peek at what our Surveyors got up to during the sunny month of April.

Nathan Dean was lucky enough to survey a Colt Bungalow, which is one of the earliest types of prefabricated timber bungalows with cedar shingles and timber western cedar cladding, and a real treat to visit. He also managed to get over the Cornish border twice to visit and survey properties in Lifton and also Kenton in Devon. However, it wasn’t all fun in the sun, as some of the surveys he carried out during April appeared to have the unfortunate reoccurring theme of poorly maintained and failing septic tanks! He also discovered an outbreak of dry rot in a Listed Building, which will require carefully planned and approved remedial works.

Andrew Miller has seen an April focused on Contract Administration, Specifications and Surveys/Inspections. He says, ‘It has certainly been a cracking month, both in terms of the weather and some interesting cracking we have been asked to inspect to the external walls of some apartments…..’ Hopefully the weather will last, but the cracks will not!

Richard Collett invited and received tenders for works to a retail unit in Falmouth. He also chaired a pre-commencement meeting for loft conversion works that are due to start on site shortly, and received tenders for the reinstatement of a home, sadly destroyed by fire.

Sue Wilton has been helping clients across Cornwall in both the public sector and private sector this month, particularly in how to deal with changes brought it in by the new CDM Regulations published early in April. Designers and contractors have also had questions about their roles, which Sue has been able to advise upon. The CDM Regulations now have more of an impact on domestic projects, so all refurbishments and new-build works are covered. The Regulations help everyone plan their construction work safely. Should you require any advice or assistance with CDM Regulations and these changes, please contact Sue on swilton@rtpsurveyors.co.uk

Alistair Strachan has spent some time at a property in St Mawes overseeing repair works following a leak and storm damage. He has also been working on the early stages of Planning for a proposed extension to an industrial warehouse, which should prove an interesting future project for him to be part of.

Of April, Richard Thomas says, ‘This month there has been a real variety in work, with another bumper month of pre purchase surveys, expert witness matters spanning disputes from buildings to boundaries, and new architectural instructions from an extension to a light industrial packaging plant, through a planning application for a new residential house to a replacement dwelling of substantial proportions.’

We hope that the sun continues to shine for us all, through May and into a glorious summer… fingers crossed!