The autumn has well and truly rolled in, bringing with it windy dark nights and a chill in the air. Although we are sad to say goodbye to the summer, the team are looking forward to seeing what new challenges and adventures wait ahead for us in the coming colder months of autumn and winter. Here is what some of the team found themselves doing in September.
Richard Thomas has been all over the county as usual, but is particularly proud of one specific location. Of this he says,
‘Over the years we have carried out several jobs on the most Southerly point of Cornwall and Britain with works to a variety of properties at Bass Point including refurbishment of one of the coastguard cottages and a full refurbishment of Lloyds Signal Station. This last month we can now add that we have worked on a property at Cape Cornwall, almost the most Westerly point of Cornwall. Having many years ago done some work at Fort Pickelcombe to the East, we now just need an instruction at Hartland to complete the set’.
Andrew Miller continued to work on several defects inspections which included locating the cause of damp issues and advising on remedial works, contract administration for the external redecorations of a gated housing community, and several new enquiries about possible new extensions and alterations, which have ensured a busy and varied month for him.
Tony Morehen took some time out and visited the Lake District for a lovely holiday cycling and exploring. Although not one of his usual local surveys, he was particularly taken with an art and craft style house built in 1900 in Blackwell. Not only is it a beautiful building, featuring some original and inspiring detailing, according to Tony it also has a rather special tea shop that is worth a visit!
Nathan Dean discovered the lovely hamlet of Port Gaverne near Port Isaac. Having never previously surveyed a property there, he was assigned to inspect not one but two converted fish cellars in the hamlet this month. In addition, Nathan saw a definite rise in the number of Homebuyers Report instructions he received this month which sent him out and about in the county. Whilst on his travels in Bodmin Moor he encountered some typically Cornish ‘traffic’ who were most certainly not in a hurry!
During September, the main focus of Sue Wilton’s CDM work has centred upon completion of some school projects, with two Health and Safety Files handed over, meetings to assist with the safety reviews for ongoing projects in the medical sector and the development of initial documents (pre-construction information) for several domestic schemes in Cornwall.
Richard C has been supervising the ongoing rebuild of a house destroyed by fire earlier in the year. Currently works are nearing wallplate level following the installation of both concrete beam-and-block and posi-joist floors. He has also been supervising the renovation of a town centre retail premises on behalf of the landlord in readiness for a new tenant. Further from home, Richard attended an early design team meeting for the conversion of barns to 11 dwellings on the edge of Dartmoor and on a smaller scale offered advice regarding a damp wall near Camborne, as well as chairing a pre-start meeting for a project to renovate a detached house in Falmouth which is due to start in October for approximately 16 weeks.
Finally, we are pleased to announce a new member of staff will be joining the team in October. Look out for full details in next month’s roundup.