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What Is A Party Wall Survey?


Party wall issues are as common as they are frustrating. For something as seemingly innocuous as the dividing wall between properties, the disputes which often arise can be both fractious and ill-tempered. In any dispute pertaining to party wall issues, a party wall survey is needed, undertaken by trained building surveyors. The team here at Munday + Cramer, who offer a comprehensive range of building surveying services across the south-east and home counties, wanted to look at these issues in a little more detail. What Are Party Walls? First, though, what actually are party walls? Well, they’re partitioning walls between […]

What Are Party Wall Surveys?

Architectural Design News: RIBA Cracks Down On Unpaid Overtime


There have been several high-profile news stories over the past couple of years, where whistle-blowers have lifted the lid on so-called ‘crunch culture’ within the world of video game development. The premise is as easy to understand as it is uncomfortable to digest; it revolves around employees being expected to work huge quantities of unpaid overtime as a matter of course, usually also to the detriment of both their mental and physical health. Whilst the term ‘crunch culture’ might be relatively new, however, the concept isn’t. The architectural world has long been complicit in this demanding workplace culture, especially amongst […]

Building Surveying: Taking A Look At Roofing Works


Roofs. They’re often the most forgotten about parts of buildings, but when you think about it, they’re also arguably the most important. Keeping out the elements, the humble roof, whether flat or pitched, tiled or decked, plays an integral role in keeping the outside out and the inside in. Here at Munday + Cramer, a multidisciplinary practice based in Essex, our building surveying team regularly works on re-roofing and roof repair projects. We wanted to explain why roofs are so prone to issues, and what exactly those issues in question are. Why Do Roofs Require Such Regular Work? First, though, […]

A model house to represent building surveying work on roofs

Tips On How To Manage Stress From Project Management Professionals


This month marks National Stress Awareness Month here in the UK and this past year, more than perhaps any other, has given us all cause to be stressed in one way or another. Whether it be the stress of managing your workload from a remote environment, the lack of certainty surrounding job futures or a whole host of other possible stressors, you’d be forgiven if things have gotten on top of you a bit – both in professional and personal settings. With that in mind, the Project Management department here at Munday + Cramer, a multidisciplinary practice based in Essex, […]

A picture of a stressed woman to mark how our project management team manage their own workplace stress.

How Does School Capital Funding Help Make The Education Sector More Equitable


Schools should be places to stretch potential and get the most out of students possible. This happens most when those students are given the opportunities and facilities by which to do so. Typically, there’s been a disconnect between the standard (and number) of facilities within the private education sector when compared with the state sector. This has consequently led to privately educated pupils being disproportionately represented in leading FE institutions. The team here at Munday + Cramer offer extensive bid application services for school capital funding projects (ranging from CIF to FECTF and more in between), wanted to explore why […]

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Facilities Management: The Importance Of Saving Water (And Ways In Which You Can)


Today marks World Water Day 2021 and this year’s theme is valuing water. Fortunately, in this country, water has always been something we’ve been able to somewhat take for granted. It’s becoming increasingly apparent, however, that we have a collective global responsibility in how we use and value this most vital of resources. Not only do we all have a personal responsibility in reducing the amount of water we use in our daily lives, but businesses and the commercial sector have that responsibility, as well. With that in mind, the team here at Munday + Cramer, who provide facilities management […]

A picture of a tap to represent how facilities management professionals can look to better save water in commercial properties.

Spring Clean Maintenance Activities For Offices And Commercial Buildings Following A Hard Winter


For offices and other commercial facilities, the winter just gone was a particularly difficult one. Not only was the UK met by one of the coldest snaps in recent times (prompting the term Beast from the East #2 to do the rounds in national media outlets) but because of the third national lockdown, many of these buildings ended up being left unoccupied (or, at least, as good as) for several months. With that in mind, the team here at Munday + Cramer, a leading facilities management (FM) firm in Essex, wanted to look at some of the crucial checks and […]

Cleaning sign to represent facilities management tips for offices at the onset of spring

Five Female Architects Who Helped Shape The World Of Architectural Design


Today marks International Women’s Day, so here at Munday + Cramer, we thought it would be appropriate to focus on some of the female architects who have helped shape the industry into what it is today. In what was for so long a male-dominated sector (though today, fortunately, this is much less the case) there have also been brilliant female architects whose praises still need singing now – even after hundreds of years in some of their cases! Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham (1632-1705) Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham was (thought to be, at least) the first known woman architect and was behind such […]

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Munday + Cramer In Conversation With… John Allum


A company is only ever as good as the people staffing it. You can have the best processes, equipment, products and services in the world but if you’ve not got the right team in place, there’ll always be something missing. This year marks Munday + Cramer’s 40th year and to celebrate this, we’ve interviewed some of the longer-serving members of the team and find out about their experiences working within the firm. First up is one of Munday + Cramer’s senior architectural technicians, John Allum. John started working at Munday + Cramer part-time eighteen years ago, back in 2003, as […]

Senior architectural technician John Allum enjoying a round on the golf course!

Taking An In-Depth Look At Design And Surveying Within Church Spaces


Churches have been at the forefront of Western architectural innovation for thousands of years. Even the briefest of looks at the Notre Dame de Paris gives you a sense of the importance placed upon these spiritual structures by the organisations they serve. Whilst the uptake of Christianity may have waned in recent years, however, interest in preservation and restoration amongst their religious spaces (churches) has remained strong. Here at Munday + Cramer, we provide a range of architectural design and building surveying services, including those relating to churches. We wanted to look at the intricacies of architecture within this area […]

Churches can take many forms such as this modernistic example in Iceland.