With the pressing need for new housing across the country, we understand the importance of being able to rapidly finish new houses to allow for their occupation.

Our building surveyors and project managers work closely with landowners, social housing officers and developers to deliver the full range of services that a development requires.

  • Carter Jonas has experience working across:
  • Housing developments 
  • Social housing/social housing associations
  • Private self builds, renovations, HMOs (House multiple occupancy)
  • High rise residential 
  • Listed buildings (Including for conversion or redevelopment)

We have experience across both capital and investment funded projects for public and private sector clients. Our specialists have been responsible for multi-disciplinary teams, taking projects from their initial feasibility studies, through the detailed design and planning stage, to construction and handover of the completed units ready for occupation or sale.

Our consultants appreciate the pressures both the public and private sector are under to deliver much needed housing at the right price, which is why it is always key to have an experienced project manager lead and focus design teams.

Our approach to residential building consultancy and how we mitigate risk 

With regards to residential houses and schemes, our professionals understand the full cycle of delivery and what can go wrong.

We help our clients to evaluate who the right contractor could be for their project. Often, the cheapest quote might not always the best choice as poor workmanship and mistakes can cost.

Our professionals have significant experience in party wall surveying and what the impact could be if an agreement is not made. Also, we also ensure to make all related parties aware of the steps taken and any considerations decided.
Our professionals always consider site defects and what could go wrong with a property in five to ten years’ time. We work with all parties to make sure everyone is protected going forward. 

Why choose Carter Jonas to provide building consultancy services within the residential sector? 

Our building consultancy professionals are located in Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds and London. Together our teams offer residential property advice across England and Wales. 

Our specialists have extensive experience over many years of advising on complex projects and are aware of any risks, always taking steps to mitigate them. 


Our building consultancy services within the residential sector include:

  • Project management
  • Strategic procurement
  • Programme management
  • Pre-acquisition survey 
  • Measured building Surveys 
  • Architectural design services
  • Feasibility studies
  • Cost consultancy
  • License to alter
  • Listed building consent (historic)
  • Party wall matters/rights of light
  • Schedules of condition
  • Employers agent
  • Landlord/tenant representative (licences to alter)
  • Building pathology/defects diagnosis
  • Planned preventative maintenance/condition surveys
  • Dilapidations
  • Insurance reinstatement cost assessment

Richard Love is a Partner, Head of Building Surveying in our London Commercial Team. Richard joined from Watts Group PLC where he worked since 2010, most recently as director in it's project consultancy group. Richard's role is to provide building consultancy services, including relocation management, contract administration, design, strategic procurement and conservation advice with our clients.

Career Highlights:

Ealing Town Hall:
Full external restoration of Grade II Listed Victorian Gothic town hall building. The project arose from a survey identifying incidences of dangerous stonework and the project incorporated extensive masonry repairs, reroofing, redecorations, stained glass replacement, access improvements and drainage improvements.  Works on site were delivered over an eight month period during which the town hall remained fully operational.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists HQ Relocation:
Project management services in respect of all aspects of the HQ relocation for this prestigious medical college.  The relocation centred around moving into a 50,000sq ft 1980’s office building and delivered a comprehensive strip out and refurbishment including the creating of canteen and catering facilities, conference space, library including antique book collection and sublet space.  The relocation was delivered in 9 months (inception to completion) and Richard also handled dilapidations matters on exit.

Career developments
Being appointed to the board overseeing the expansion of the Carter Jonas Commercial Division, which took place in early 2017. Also, managing the expansion of the Architecture and Building Consultancy team. The service line has doubled the number of specialists working within it in the last two years, becoming the largest team within the division. Further growth plans are currently in place for the next few years.

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Matthew is a Chartered Building Surveyor in the Chapel Place office. Matthew has undertaken various Building Surveying services to a diverse portfolio of clients, including Royal Mail, Salvation Army, Winchester Working Men’s Housing Society, Aurora Fashions and Network Rail.

His primary skills cover: Schedules of Work, Schedules of Condition, Party Wall matters, Planned Maintenance Repair and Refurbishment Contracts of various properties, Schedules of Dilapidations, Insurance Valuations , Fire Insurance Valuations, Contract Administration, Defect Diagnosis and Prognosis, Statutory Consents, Budget Costs and Pre-acquisition survey.

Career Highlights:

  • Shortlisted for Young Surveyor of the year in 2016.
  • Leading on Party Wall matters for whole Thameslink project over 5 year period.
  • Defending dilapidations claim on behalf of Tenant, resulting in a reduction of the Landlord’s claim from £4.9m to £1.45m
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Career Highlights:

  • Securing a portfolio insurance assessment in 2016 for over 150 assets in Greater London and Scotland.
  • Delivering a £700,000 CAT B fit out to fifth floor offices on Paternoster Square overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral in the Summer of 2015. 
  • Providing Lead Consultancy advice to major financial institution for CAT A refurbishment of 20,000 sqft offices in central Bath.
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Matthew Ellams is head of our project management team. He has considerable experience within the sector and has worked across a wide range of projects, servicing many different types of clients.

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Keith is a Partner in the commercial team and is based out of our Cambridge office.

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Career Highlights:

  • Project Management of the UK’s first retrospective fire pressurisation system on Grade II* listed tower building.
  • Conservation and Restoration of Grade II* listed 18thC Summerhouse.
  • Award Winning Conversion and Refurbishment of a Grade II listed farmhouse and range of traditional barns into a mixed use development.
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Keith is a Partner in the commercial team and is based out of our Cambridge office.

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