What is a Building Surveyor?

If you type “building surveyor” into Google, the first question that pops up is “What is the role of a building surveyor?”. Good question, Google. We asked a couple of our staff in the London City office what they do all day to give us a general idea of what our team gets up to on a regular day.

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Ben Leoncé, Project Manager

7:30am – Caught the train to Richmond to arrange access for the contractor to commence remedial roof works to a commercial unit.
9:30am – Caught train back into central London to attend our weekly strategy meeting for a laboratory refurbishment and fit out project (left – Ben checking for snagging during one of the handover phases).
12pm – Returned to the London City office for lunch.
1pm – Drafted the revised construction programme for another fit out project – this time an office/retail extension.
3pm – Update professional fee forecasting for all consultants for office/retail extension.


Phillipa Burgin, Building Surveyor

7am – Spin or Yoga class
8:30am – Check my emails and respond where required, print agenda and relevant documents for the day ahead
10am – Chair a progress meeting onsite with the design team at Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead
11am – Chair a Construction Working Group meeting for neighbours and locals to voice any concerns at Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead
12pm – Back in the office – update my client in Israel over the phone and action any urgent items. Dictate my minute notes for typing
1pm – Lunch and try to read a few pages of my book
1:30pm – Review contractors piling RAMS (risk assessment and method statements) for AFC Wimbledon Stadium
3:30pm – Finish specification for upcoming industrial refurb tender – Unit 8 Great West Trading Estate
6pm – Brave the Northern line home and have dinner and a glass of wine with my housemates

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Tom Little, Building Surveyor

9am – Got to the office for a brief team meeting to discuss ongoing and prospective jobs
9:45am – headed over to Golders Green for a site meeting with my client and his architect to monitor the progress of his development of a block of flats so that I can report back to his lender
12pm – returned to the office for a call to discuss a Dilapidations claim against my client from his former landlord with his surveyor
1:30pm – settled down after lunch to finish preparing the tender package that for another client, who is planning on refurbishing a retail unit, with the aim of going out to tender at the beginning of next week.


Sam Parsons, Principal Building Surveyor

7:30am – Popped into the office to prepare and issue a report on a development in Wimbledon that Trident is monitoring.
9:15am – Caught the train to Lewisham to visit Woodstock Court, a new build development of eight terraced houses Trident is project managing.
10am – Attended a progress meeting at Woodstock Court with the team and the client to ensure everyone is happy with the progress.
11am – Site visit at Woodstock with Lewisham Council’s planning officer to show her the site and talk her through our current progress.
1pm – Back in the City office to update a schedule of dilapidations on Knollys House in Croydon, following yesterday’s site visit. Also issued an updated schedule to the tenant’s surveyor for comment.
3:30pm – APC Supervisor meeting with Alex Ford to run through his progress in preparing for the APC submission in early 2020.
4:30pm – out to the local with colleagues for a well-earned Friday pint!

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