A condition of banks or lenders providing loan facilities to fund building projects is often that a professional building surveyor monitors the project from inception through to practical completion.

This monitoring advice includes overseeing all building issues relating to a project, be it a residential extension or new commercial building. At Carter Jonas, we have over 50 highly experienced building surveyors providing a range of specialist skills around development monitoring.

What is our approach to development monitoring?

Once we have been instructed by a client, our chartered building surveyors visit the proposed development area to become familiar with all physical aspects of the site and request copies of relevant information from the developer and contractor. This information will often include construction details, costs and programmes, flood risk assessments, ecology and ground reports, statutory planning, listed building consent, building regulation information, approvals relating to health and safety and relevant legal documents.

Our professional team then prepares initial technical due diligence reports, commenting on details such as the thoroughness of the project, technical risks, and the requirements for additional information.

Following the commencement of the project, we make regular site inspections usually on a frequency set out by the lender. Interim site inspections are undertaken where required and we attend the developer’s formal meetings with the contractor. At these meetings, we provide drawdown reports with recommendations on the quality of work completed, value of the completed works, comments on timeline and compliance with statutory and other requirements.

On completion of the project, our expert building surveyors will prepare a final report to advise that all necessary information has been provided and that the development has been completed in accordance with the relevant consents and standards.

Why choose Carter Jonas to provide your business with development monitoring advice?

Our building consultancy professionals are located in Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds and London. Our designated teams contain highly qualified and experienced chartered building surveyors who consistently provide a professional, effective, and personal service. Due to our vast experience of our team, we are able to advise upon all aspects of the development including design, construction quality, statutory approvals, progress and cost management.

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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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Career Highlights:

  • Delivery of a £1m conversion to a 6,000sq.ft home

  • A £6m Cat A and Cat B office fit-out in the City of London

  • Six new flats and a commercial unit in Cambridge

  • A new build 7,000 sq ft commercial coldstore

 
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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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Three career highlights:

  • Delivery of a pre-acquisition survey on an industrial estate in Brazil. It included a sewage treatment plant!
  • Acting as project monitor on 480,000ft2 of warehouse space in the Midlands.
  • Undertaking a measured survey on a derelict Second World War bunker in West London. It was underneath a primary school.
 
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