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Building Surveying

Building Surveying is the means through which a qualified professional assesses the built environment. He/she will then make recommendations for improvements. Additionally, they may manage the process involved in fixing any faults.

Buildings represent significant financial investment, so it makes sense to ensure that they are maintained correctly. Building surveyors are a key part of this process. Not only do they carry out activities designed to keep your building in good condition, and fit for purpose but also help you manage your asset effectively in the future.

Chartered Surveyors must complete an accredited degree, and then work as a trainee surveyor for between 2 and 3 years. They must then complete an Assessment of Professional competence (APC) to gain chartered status. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the professional body which accredits and regulates surveyors whether they hold chartered status or not.

Essex-based architects and building surveyors, Munday and Cramer offer the following building surveying services to clients:

  • Building and acquisition surveys
  • Forensic examinations for defective buildings and/or works
  • Project feasibility studies
  • Grant/funding applications
  • Building usage audits
  • Project management/delivery
  • Planned maintenance audits and reporting
  • Strategic asset management consultancy
  • Party wall advice
  • Dilapidations
  • Expert witness

Prospective clients should contact Munday and Cramer on 01245 326200 or email info@mcessex.co.uk for information.

Building Surveying: Why are Housebuilders’ Costs Rising?


The RICS recently announced findings from its Building Cost Information Service’s (BCIS) Private Housing Construction Price Index (PHCPI) which indicated that, virtually across the board, housebuilding costs were on the rise. But why is this? The team here at Munday + Cramer, a building surveying firm here in Essex, took a look at the report (as well as wider industry commentary) to find out exactly that. The Statistics Of the parties surveyed to help put together the index, a staggering 96% of respondents reported an overall increase in costs, with cost increases in materials, labour and supply chain delays cited […]

A hammer to represent our building surveying post on why housebuilders' costs are rising.

Permitted Development Rights: What’s Allowed? (And What’s Not?)


As a homeowner, knowing what you can (and can’t) do without planning permissions can be altogether mystifying. Most are aware of the existence of permitted developments – those works which can be carried out without planning permissions – but as for what constitutes a permitted development? Well, that’s another story. Here at Munday + Cramer, we offer a variety of surveying services – including homebuyer’s survey – we thought it’d be helpful to run through both what’s allowed… and what’s not. What Is A Permitted Development? Permitted developments are exactly what they say on the tin; works permitted without needing […]

Building surveying: an extension to represent permitted developments

Architectural Design: What Are The Most Common Planning Objections?


If ever you’ve had to apply for planning permissions, you’ll know just how nerve-wracking the wait for the results can be. The reason? It’s not at all uncommon for planning applications to get rejected, and planning objections are often the cause. The team here at Munday + Cramer offers both architectural design and building surveying services throughout the entire south-east; we wanted to look at some of the most common valid planning objections cited, as well as the objections typically founded on invalid assumptions/grounds. Proposed Development Contravenes Planning Policy The most common objections to planning applications occur, not unsurprisingly, when […]

Thumbs down to represent planning objections.

Building Surveying: Exploring the Right to Light


In the world of building surveying, the “right to light” often crops up. Asides from sounding something like a catchy slogan from a ‘90s MTV commercial, this government-legislated easement (or law) was conceived to allow landowners the ‘right’ to receive natural light through openings and designated apertures in buildings on their land. In rural areas, this rarely poses an issue; in more built-up environs, however, and increasingly in the development of new build properties, it’s a whole different matter. The team here at Munday + Cramer offer extensive building surveying services across Essex, London and the Home Counties. We wanted […]

Building Surveying: Exploring the Right to Light

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?

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

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.

A Look At The More Complex (And Obscure) Surveying Technologies


It goes without saying that technology has come on leaps and bounds over the last few centuries. Were you to suddenly find yourself in the boots of an 18th century surveying professional, your main tool would’ve been a telescope, and a primitive one at that. Fast-forward to the present day, and the surveying world features more acronym-laden technologies than you can shake a stick at. The team here at Munday + Cramer, a chartered building surveying firm in Essex, wanted to look at some of the most advanced surveying technologies used today – one of which having even been used […]

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What Is Geospatial Surveying And When Is It Used?


Geospatial data refers to information specifically derived from or pertaining to certain geographic locations. Its use enables professionals – across a whole range of fields – to better contextualise and understand the data they’re collecting and analysing. In a surveying context, this spatial information can be used for a more holistic and well-rounded view of the surrounding built environment. But what does surveying using this kind of data look like in practical terms? And why has it become so popular in recent years? The team here at Munday + Cramer, one of Essex’s foremost building surveying firms, wanted to look […]

An image of a theodolite to represent geospatial surveying work.

What Might Brexit Mean For The Architectural, Building Surveying And Project Management Sectors?


Last month’s announcement of a trade deal following Brexit could (not unfairly) be described as leaving things to the very last minute. The architectural community was by-and-large against the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, with prominent industry voices having spoken out both prior to the 2016 referendum and since, on the damage they feared would be wrought as a result of the union departure. Vote to leave we did, however, and many industry bodies have therefore spent the past four years fervently preparing (or attempting to, at least) for what might lie in wait from here on in. […]

A Europea map to represent Brexit.