Munday and Cramer

Lee Hatwell – Director | Chartered Building Surveyor

Lee Hatwell BSc (Hons.) FRICS

With over 35 years of diverse industry experience, Lee is a Chartered Surveyor and Director at Munday + Cramer. Lee joined the practise in 2007 as a Director and Shareholder, following a successful career in engineering and surveying practice with national/public sector firms. Lee’s career started in construction and facilities management, initially gaining an apprenticeship in the heritage sector as a bricklayer. Prior to joining Munday + Cramer, he played a pivotal role in developing Essex County Council’s asset management program.

During his tenure at Munday + Cramer, Lee introduced the highly acclaimed ‘strategic asset management’ service for school clients, aiding governors, business managers, and site managers in effectively managing maintenance priorities, asset condition and statutory/environmental performance. This service has since evolved into a distinct Facilities Management division. Lee also pioneered the firm’s bespoke online database portal, driving its operational success. Lee introduced the ISO9001 Quality Management Systems and one of the UK’s first Chartered Surveying Degree apprenticeships in building surveying into the growing practise. Most recently Lee has worked with Knowledge Transfer Partnership and Anglia Ruskin University to develop an R&D partnership focussing on the emerging energy and environmental objectives within real estate management.

Outside of work, Lee is deeply invested in voluntary industry and careers support roles, mentoring for RICS and supporting Anglia Ruskin University’s as an external examiner and employer’s forum member. Lee is a member of RICS’ Global Accreditation Panel and has represented the Institution at DfE/Government careers & apprenticeship policy think-tank sessions; and through various professional presentations and media pieces/publications. Previously, Lee has spent 15 years as a school governor at primary (chair) and secondary (careers lead) levels.

Within the practice, Lee’s core responsibilities include staff development, quality management systems and professional procedures/compliance.

Lee’s wide ranging skills and experience ensures a busy workload, with key activities within Munday + Cramer including:

  • Overseeing key client accounts in education, ecclesiastic and residential sectors
  • Overseeing multi-disciplinary capital schemes up to £2million
  • Developing facilities management strategy,
  • Advising clients on capital and planned maintenance strategies
  • Bidding strategies and developing capital funding bids for education clients
  • Building surveys – various building types and conditions. Specific interest in historic buildings and ecclesiastical settings
  • Fire damage reinstatement
  • Swimming pool design and maintenance
  • Swimming pool reinstatement (structural, fabric and plant)
  • Residential insurance claim support (specialist structural monitoring and reinstatement management)
  • Housing strategic maintenance management (seconded support to local authority client)
  • Drainage defects analysis and remedial/maintenance management
  • Site/soil investigation
  • Construction technology (practical skills)
  • RAAC surveys and advice

Key Projects:

  • St. Francis of Assisi Church and Friary, Stratford – Reconstruction of chapel walls and roof due to poor structural integrity/unsafe nature, including works to sub-structure and additional bracing. £430,000
  • Our Lady Immaculate Roman Catholic Church – Provision of a condition survey and 5-year plan
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary; St. Augustine’s Priory – Stone window surround repairs, sash window repairs and replacement to a priory located in North Wales. £169,000
  • Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford – Remodelling within the Presbytery to form a new parish office including an accessible toilet. £15,000
  • St. Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford – Dry rot investigation and repairs including renewal of joists, drainage repairs, rainwater goods renewal, masonry repairs, treatment of the dry rot and general remedial repairs
  • St. Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford – Chapel redecoration and minor repairs. £3,500
  • Hutching’s Wharf, East London – External redecorations to vibrant residential block. £95,000
  • Sandon Brook Manor, Chelmsford – Provision of a detailed condition survey and planned maintenance programme to a Victorian manor house
  • The Village, Writtle – Legal advice for a claim against designer/constructors, and development of a planned maintenance strategy and budgeting for a number of residential blocks
  • Barrier Point, Silvertown – Major internal redecoration to an extensive residential development in East London. £168,000
  • Sandon Brook Manor, Chelmsford – External refurbishment of a prestigious Victorian Manor House. £36,000
  • Gable Hall School – Replacement of windows to two-storey block. £270,000
  • The King John School, Thundersley – New build provision of a dedicated Sixth Form block for 500 students. £2,000,000
  • The Tyrrell’s School, Chelmsford – Major urgent electrical rewire of the whole school as part of an emergency ACMF bid. Carried out during term-time and incorporating the removal of ACMs where required. £360,000
  • The King John School, Thundersley – Replacement heating services (new boiler) and associated pipework repairs/replacement as part of a three-year strategic bidding process. As part of the strategic plan, the entire school site was considered in order to reduce stresses throughout the system and build in increased resilience
  • The King John School, Thundersley – Re-model and refurbishment of an existing youth centre/hall to create a dedicated humanities block – £1,000,000
  • The King John School, Thundersley  -Provision of a new hall/theatre facility
  • The King John School, Thundersley – ACMF/CIF bid for the full refurbishment of the kitchen facility. £327,500
  • Great Leigh’s Primary School, Great Leighs – Provision of a new kitchen/servery facility. £90,000
  • Shaw Primary Academy – ACMF/CIF bid for major re-roofing programme. £330,000
  • The King John School, Thundersley – School Estate Development Plan
  • The King John School, Thundersley – Development and implementation of Facilities Management Strategy (part-time secondment)
  • Greensted Junior School – Extension and refurbishment to school catering kitchen as part of ACMF/CIF bidding
  • Corringham Primary School – ACMF/CIF bid and works to resolve significant subsidence issues to classblock
  • Corringham Primary School – ACMF/CIF bid for the provision of a new dedicated Speech and Language Unit
  • Corringham Primary School – CIF bid to provide two new classrooms
  • Hassenbrook Academy, Stanford-le-Hope – CIF bid and project delivery of a major kitchen refurbishment
  • Hassenbrook Academy, Stanford-le-Hope – CIF bid and delivery of the first phase of a full rewire and electrical upgrade – £813,000