Godwins Farm, Hampshire Hinton Ampner
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The National Trust
Hinton Ampner
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@ Matthew Reading
Matthew Reading
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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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Our professionals were appointed by The National Trust to assist them in the repair and refurbishment of their let estate. One and two Godwins Farmhouse are two examples of many properties within a national programme. The property is an 18th Century, Grade II Listed farmhouse sub-divided into a pair of semi-detached houses. 

Our professionals used Parity Software to analyse the cost benefit of various combinations of improvements, to meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations. The practicalities of working within the historic fabric also needed to be considered. The refurbishment included energy efficiency improvements to gain the required EPC E rating.

We procured all necessary sub-consultant due diligence including measured surveys, drainage, archaeology, asbestos and ecology. This identified bat roosts and the need to undertake the roofing elements of the works with a European Protected Species (EPS) license in place. As a result, the work was procured with sectional completion. This allowed for internal refurbishment and MEES compliance, which meant early occupation and rental income, with roofing works following six months later between the bat maternity and hibernation seasons (September and October), under license with ecologist supervision.   

We also obtained listed building consent and wrote a detailed specification of works to comply with this, using traditional methods and materials. We managed the procurement process and undertook the principle designer and contract administration roles.