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Building Surveying

Building Defects Investigation

Our principal area of operation, our training and experience enable us to investigate building defects, interrogate physical symptoms, analyse evidence and arrive at reasoned and measured responses.

We provide Snagging and Expert Witness reports, which can assist clients ensure their particular matter is taken seriously by third parties.

Building Appraisals, Inspections & Surveys

A building appraisal, as opposed to a building survey, is a building MOT inspection. We recommend regular periodic inspections of all property to ensure they do not present a risk to occupants and users alike.

We recommend a structural survey where structural failure is suspected, where a ‘self-build’ property lacks ‘adequate’ third party certification, or before embarking upon a major refurbishment or alteration. In each case a detailed survey inspection can help de-risk the process.

Industrial & Commercial Surveys

Pre-acquisition/occupation surveys can help reduce the risk associated with the purchase or lease of buildings. Reports are tailored to suit individual circumstance, from a brief ‘investment’ overview, through to a fully detailed report, with individual sections covering all major aspects having a legal or financial implication.

Domestic Property Advice

All of the above are equally applicable to domestic property. Knowledge enables considered decision-making. All too often the heart rules the head without sufficient appreciation of the potential pitfalls. We are regularly called upon to comment on Homebuyer Reports and also NHBC Technical Standards related issues.

Thermographic Surveys

Thermographic camera equipment enables us to interrogate buildings without physical disruption. Similar cameras are used by the emergency services to locate survivors in the event of a disaster. Thermography can assist identify roof leaks, cold bridges, the cause of heat loss and assist in the assessment of cavity and other concealed wall insulations.


The practical definition of Dilapidations is the cost of, or works required, to put a property back into the condition required of a tenant by the repairing and other obligations contained in a lease. This term applies both during and at the end of the lease.

There are always two sides to any argument, Dilapidations is no different. Pragmatic advice from experienced professionals can, however, go a long way to removing doubt.


Maintaining the value and condition of your asset by ensuring your Tenant complies with all repairing, redecoration and reinstatement obligations under their lease. We can assist you by interpreting lease obligations, carrying out inspections and providing advice on any breaches. We can also formulate RICS compliant schedules, monitor remedial works, or cost and negotiate financial settlements, as required.


Repairing obligations are often overlooked or misunderstood by Tenants. In addition to being responsible for any repairs, a Tenant may also be responsible for the cost of preparing and negotiating the Schedule of Dilapidations. We can assist you understand your repairing liabilities, enabling you to establish an appropriate strategy, or make suitable budgetary provisions. Being pro-active can help reduce any liability for remedial work and associated fees.

Bruce Shaw act for both Landlords and Tenants and have on a number of occasions been appointed as an Independent Expert or to provide an Expert Determination by the Court.

Schedules of Condition

Often confused by non-professionals with ‘Schedules of ‘Dilapidation’. These are in fact very distinct in composition and purpose. A Schedule of Condition is a written record (most often supported by photographic evidence) of the physical condition of a building at a point in time. Schedules can vary significantly in their level of detail.

Schedules of Condition are often attached to a lease, normally with the purpose of limiting the Tenant’s repairing obligation by evidencing a pre-existing condition. Schedules are also utilised by developers and contractors prior to undertaking works, in order to limit the potential for unfounded claims at a later date.

The quality of a schedule and a detailed appreciation of their purpose is vitally important if the parties’ interests are to be protected.


Maintenance, Repairs & Refurbishment

This core service hinges on our ability to interrogate buildings and advise upon the requirement for remedial works in line with operational and occupational requirements, or legal obligations.

We can prepare forward maintenance programmes allowing property budgets to be established.

We can also advise on energy performance and the reduction of your building’s carbon footprint.

Contract Administration

Administering construction projects, chairing contract meetings and monitoring works to ensure all parties to the contract meet their obligations, including signing off the works and agreeing final accounts, issuing completion certificates and co-ordinating any snagging issues.

Project Management

Responsibility for implementing framework controls to enable the successful delivery of construction projects. Combining understanding of construction processes, industry expectations and teamwork to deliver projects on time, to pre-agreed standards and on budget.

Project Monitoring

Provision of a professional ‘watching eye’ on construction projects to ensure your interests are protected. Monitoring projects developed by third parties or through ‘design-build’ processes. Providing independent overview of quality, time and cost issues, assisting you to interact knowledgably with the construction process.

Fire Flood & Storm Damage

We understand the importance of a reactive body, one that can drop everything to attend to a critical situation. Whether it involves fire, flood or storm damage, we have the skills to act on your behalf and co-ordinate a response. Seeking to minimize your liabilities, taking considered decisions early in the process, saving you and your business time and money. We can deal with loss adjusters.

Insurance Reinstatement Valuations

We provide reinstatement valuations for individual buildings or complete portfolios. Out of date valuations, or ones that are not professionally assessed, can result in you paying too much, or not having adequate cover.

Health & Safety

Asbestos Inspections & Advice

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 updated the 2006 Regulations, which sets out the requirement for a Duty Holder, maintenance of records, what type, its condition, etc.

Bruce Shaw has had considerable involvement with asbestos issues over the years and we are able to provide all the necessary guidance on compliance with the regulations.

CDM Regulations

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 amend the 2006 version. The broad principles of the original regulations remain, but new terminology and responsibilities were introduced, and the regulations now apply to domestic works.

The “Principal Designer” (PD) now takes on responsibility of health and safety at the pre-construction phase, with the Principal Contractor responsible during the construction phase. Emphasis is placed on the Client being responsible for notification of the HSE, but we can assist in this.

Bruce Shaw have been involved with and held suitable qualifications in relation to CDM, since the original regulations came into force in 1994.

DDA Advice & Access Audits

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (informally referred to as DDA) was replaced by the Equality Act 2010.

As Building Surveyors, we can report on existing buildings and advise on works or alterations needed to comply.

Bruce Shaw have been involved in DDA since the inception of the Act in 1995.

Workplace Health Safety & Welfare Audits

The Health Safety & Welfare Regulations 1992 remain relevant. In essence these Regulations look at the manner in which a building occupier uses their premises over a wide variety of aspects, including ensuring a safe means of access is provided not only for occupants, but also visitors and contractors.

Fire Risk Assessments

Health and Safety at Work Legislation places responsibility for fire safety on building occupiers and employers and, under the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, the preparation of Fire Risk Assessments is a legal obligation.

We prepare Fire Risk Assessments, and our skills enable us to appreciate the principles of fire safety, including building forms, means of escape, structural fire resistance and fire safety management.