CHARTERED RICS BUILDING SURVEYORS

Traditional Building Surveying. Reimagined.

We help people truly understand the buildings they use, whether that’s as an asset, a workplace or a home. Trust our building surveying company to help make the process easier, with jargon-free advice that you can rely on.

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Who We Work With.

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Asset Managers

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Developers

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Buyers & Homeowners

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Occupiers

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Heritage & Conservation Professionals

Commercial Building Services.

Our commercial services cover the entire life cycle of a property for commercial clients who own, occupy, develop or fund real estate. We go above and beyond with each project we undertake, so that you can benefit from traditional RICS building surveying practice in combination with our market leading knowledge and technology.

Pre-Lease Surveys

We provide thorough advice, putting issues, risks and costs into context so you can protect yourselves from unexpected maintenance costs, whilst proving you a base for negotiating better terms. Our pre-lease surveys also include a comprehensive review of your dilapidations liabilities and responsibilities, whilst also addressing any questions you might have at the beginning or during your tenancy. We offer clarity, peace of mind, and expert guidance where you need it the most.

Pre-Acquisition Surveys

Like our pre-lease surveys, we can help you understand issues, risks, and costs associated with your upcoming property purchase or investment. Our team will help you make informed decisions so you can get peace of mind that you are spending your money on a property with great condition and structure. This service will help you identify any defects, issues, or any future renovations that might not be visible upon first glance.

Schedule of Condition Reports

We provide a thorough review of your property’s condition, with annotated photographic schedules of condition to give the highest level of detail to you, protecting your interests and assets in the future. Our team can give you peace of mind that the lease is appropriately benchmarked against the condition of the property, protecting your assets against future dilapidations or damages claims.

Dilapidations

Years of experience means we are able to advise on both your and your tenant’s liabilities under a commercial lease. We provide advice on timescales, risks and costs, ensuring you’re equipped with thorough knowledge about your property. Our team can help to provide a thorough evaluation of the property’s condition, allowing us to determine the full extent of the breaches at hand. The fair and honest service that we provide will offer a solution that is beneficial to all parties involved.

Planned Maintenance Reporting

We’ll help you plan and prioritise tasks, costs and appraisals, to ensure you’re prepared at every stage. With our help you can get a clear idea of future building costs and plans, giving you a better understanding of what’s to come and what you might need to prepare for. Our team understands that each project is different to the next, which is why we offer a flexible planned maintenance service, tailored to your specific needs.

Building Reinstatement Cost Assessments

We have experience working on buildings, projects and spaces of all sizes and values so we can make sure you’re insured at the right level. Whether you’re buying a commercial or residential building, our building reinstatement cost assessments, or building insurance valuations, give you peace of mind that your assets are covered in the worst-case scenario. You should have RCAs carried out every three years, or after major renovations on your property.

Portfolio Reviews

If you’re keen to gain a clear picture of your current investments, whether that be your commercial properties, residential properties, or a combination of the two, you will benefit from our portfolio review service. Utilise our breadth of experience in property, from rental investments, to commercial spaces, first time buyers, and more. Our years of combined experience in property surveying and development can ensure you get the most from your investments.

Development Monitoring

As a monitoring surveyor, it’s our aim and responsibility to ensure that the planned property development meets your expectations as a client; not just in terms of scope and specifications, but also process, budgets, and timelines. Development monitoring is recommended for commercial property owners, homeowners & new buyers, property developers, and asset managers alike.

Project Management

Whether you are a homeowner, investor, asset manager, or property developer, you can work with us to manage the fit-out or refurbishment of your property. Our services ensure:
– Overseeing all aspects of health & safety for the site, including any certification needed.
– Control the cost of the job at hand
– Assess and predict timescales over both short and long term objectives
– Make quality assessments on behalf of you

RICS Contract Administrator

As a team of qualified RICS surveyors, you can rely on our wealth of experience to bring an unbiased, considered and professional approach to your project, ensuring each stage runs smoothly. We’ll liaise with your key contractors to ensure work is completed as originally agreed, and free up your time by completing a range of contracts and other legal documentation.

Residential Building Services.

We offer a range of residential services which are ideal for homeowners, first time buyers, tenants, and occupants. Benefit from our wealth of experience and real-world insight, whilst working closely with a friendly team.

RICS Home Survey Level 3

For an extensive inspection of your property, choose our RICS level 3 full building survey. Unlike a RICS level 2 survey, the RICS level 3 survey will provide you with detailed remedial and repair advice, along with budget costs for issues identified and photographs throughout the report.

RICS Home Survey Level 2

A level 2 homebuyer report is ideal for those of you who own a modern property that is in reasonable condition. Our team will visually inspect your home, giving you an overview of your property’s structural condition, and highlighting any issues that should be addressed in the near future.

Snagging Surveys

If you’re purchasing a new build property, we’d recommend our snag service to ensure that your home is up to scratch, and issues are detected before you move in. We’ll check every detail, from cosmetic issues, to large (and expensive!) structural problems. Our team can help you understand if the workmanship is up to standard and compliant with regulations, whilst helping you to resolve and advise on any issues that we might find.

Party Wall Matters

We work with you from the beginning to minimise party wall risks, guide you through the design stage, and manage any disputes to help you reach the desired result and move forward with your building project. Trustworthy, early advice can help you to avoid time, money, and most importantly, upset neighbours!

Architectural Services

Whether you’re adding an extension, doing a complete renovation, or building something new, our knowledgeable team will work with you to create your ideal space whilst protecting and respecting the history of your property. Every project and every client is different, so we’ll design a space to suit you, whilst working to your needs, budgets and goals.

Why Choose Fourth Wall as Your Building Surveyors?

The goal of our building surveying company is to re-imagine RICS building surveying, helping people to truly understand the buildings they own and use. We’ve torn down the traditional, convoluted, surveying practice model and created something new – The Fourth Wall.

Honesty and integrity are at the heart of what we do, matched with a passion to deliver value at every stage of the building experience, this was why we won the RICS Young Building Surveyor of the Year Award in 2022

Our mission is simple: re-imagine surveying and connect with our clients. We align all the benefits of a traditional surveying practice with the pace, flexibility and market leading knowledge of a dynamic consultancy so our clients go forward with their building survey with confidence.

About Us

01We provide you with local, expert advice

Our insight, analysis and knowledge mean that we provide you with all of the experience and real-world guidance you need – all in one place. We’re here to offer building advice and expertise that you can trust.

02We provide clarity from complexity

We report the relevant information in a format and language that works for you, even if you are new to the world of RICS building surveys.

03We provide bespoke solutions

Everyone’s requirements are unique, so our building surveyors will present you with tailored solutions to enhance your project, whether that be one of our key services or a combination of a few.

04We provide you with a personal service

We’re real people who work with you, for you. We believe in going above and beyond on each project we undertake, because we love what we do.

05We bring innovation into everything we do

We do things differently around here. Our team uses the latest technology to enhance our reporting to you, going beyond the norm to ensure the information we deliver is the best it can be, in a format that you can easily digest and understand.

What Our Clients Say.

We could tell you how great our team and services are, but that would be too easy. Why not take a look at what some of our previous clients have said?

“Fantastic report with great technical detail. We recently had a building survey conducted on a property by another surveyor and the report provided by Fourth Wall was leagues ahead.”

– Robert Sykes

“High quality, clear and practical: Really useful report, very clear with helpful photographs and budget for repairs. They gave some really helpful extra insight on the phone post survey. Would recommend.”

– Rachel Morrison

“Great service, with a detailed final report for a good price. Everything was completed on time.”

– Thomas Worthington

“A detailed report was provided in a week. It was well presented, clearly laid out and each point colour coded. A pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend and will definitely use their services again in the future.”

– R.C

“Our survey was as detailed as the sample one, yet it was easy to understand and explained exactly all the issues. I’d definitely use Fourth Wall again, if I needed to.”

– Louie Parkin

Contact us

Whether you need a listed building survey, a building reinstatement cost assessment, contract administration, a planned maintenance report, or anything in between, we can offer you a free no-obligation consultation.

Not sure what you need? No problem! Get in touch with us for honest advice and guidance.