Scott is an RICS qualified Building Surveyor who is extremely passionate about historic buildings. He is enthusiastic about any property he steps into, whether it be a large Georgian town house, a 17thcentury converted barn or a small Victorian cottage. His surveys are very thorough, and he strives to the highest of standards.
Scott has extensive experience in carrying out many different types of surveys on a wide range of historic listed and un-listed buildings of varying age and construction. He understands how historic buildings function and the importance of using traditional materials that are compatible with the building fabric.
He has a vast amount of experience in carrying out damp and timber surveys, using a range of specialist equipment such as thermo-hygrometers, thermal imaging cameras and calcium carbide meters. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of buildings Scott has surveyed, he has never once found a true case of ‘rising damp’ or the need to inject a chemical damp proof course. Similarly, he has never found a case where timber preservative treatment is required. Scott has a good understanding of conservation principles and philosophy and ensures that his recommendations are appropriate, practical, sensitive and adopt a minimal intervention approach.
Scott leads the Fitness for Habitation Expert Witness work and is very skilled and competent in producing expert reports.
Scott is constantly expanding his skills and knowledge within the conservation industry. He has undertaken numerous training courses and has almost finished a Masters Degree in Building Conservation. Scott has good practical experience and has attended courses on the application of lime mortars, renders and plasters. He volunteers every year with the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings); last year he spent 5 days volunteering mixing up hot lime mortars and re-pointing and limewashing the brick walls of a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house. Scott is also in the process of purchasing a Grade II listed Georgian house which he intends to refurbish and reverse inappropriate works that have been carried out.
Scott’s current workload at Historic Buildings Chartered Surveyors consists of the following:
- Building Surveys– Pre and Post Purchase – Historic buildings varying in age, status and construction.
- Damp & Timber Surveys –Diagnosing dampness and timber defects in historic buildings using a range of specialist equipment.
- Condition Surveys –Carrying out 5-yearly surveys of large blocks of flats, schools & commercial buildings.
- Expert Witness Surveys– Acting as expert witness for disputes relating to disrepair in social housing properties.
- Defect Analysis Surveys – Investigating building defects within modern and historic buildings.
- Specification Writing– For conservation Jobs.
- Consultation / Advice– Providing advice to clients on refurbishment, repairs and materials.
Her are some of the great buildings Scott has surveyed;