Building and Structural Engineering Reports
Houses and buildings are usually the most important and costly asset that anyone can own.
Therefore owners need to know that their greatest asset is of structurally sound condition
and free from any major defects. More so when we are buying a property in the first place
whether it be a new home, new office building or an industrial plant. This 'Practice'
undertakes both building and structural reporting for all types of properties. Predominantly
these are for domestic homes, as they are most numerous.
Types of Reports
This 'Practice' undertakes most forms of client reports and which include,
- Home buyers reports - for purchasers and sellers
- Home structural reports - for purchasers and sellers
- Commercial & industrial building reports
- Commercial & industrial structural reports
- Independent infestation reports
- Structural integrity reports - for pre-purchase of properties
- Structural integrity reports - for security purposes for financial
institutions (banks & building societies)
- Insurance claims - subsidence and structural elements
- H&S employer reports to comply with the safety of its workforce
- Site investigation and reporting
- NHBC foundation reports - selection of types
- Expert witness reports for the County Courts
- Expert witness reports for the High Courts
- Expert witness reports for the Construction Courts (sits four times a year at
locations throughout the United Kingdom)
- Second opinion reports - clients at times need the input of an independent
and unbiased consultant's appraisal where there are differing views with the
client's advisers. These differing views on construction types can mean the
saving of literally thousands of pounds which has been achieved. Indeed, as
an example, around £300,000 on one particular project alone.
Time Scale for Reporting back to the Client
1. Home Reports
Usually for standard house types, these reports from initial client contact takes
threer-days on average to undertake a comprehensive site survey and the completion of a report.
Where reports are required urgently these can be turned around in two-days.
2. Commercial and Industrial Reports
Usually for standard commercial and industrial building types, these reports from
initial client contact takes six-days to undertake a comprehensive site survey and the
completion of a report. Where reports are required urgently these can be turned
around in four-days.
3. All Other Reports
All other reports are totally dependant upon the complexity and scope of the reports
required, but where the 'Practice' prides itself on a very quick response to the client's
Mode of Delivery of Client Reports
All signed reports are sent to the client in pdf format via email attachment giving the
client the fastest means of delivery. Where hard copies are required, these are sent
by 1st-class mail upon request.
Some recent Feedback/References from Clients and what they think of our
Professional Practice and Service provided
As a construction contractor specialising in structural remedial works, we had cause to use Dr Hill’s services to prepare a structural report for our end client (Yorkshire Housing), on a property which was part of their housing stock.
The property in question was showing signs of cracking both internally and externally. We were already in receipt of a Building Surveyor report which had been forwarded to Yorkshire Housing, but they felt it necessary to obtain a more detailed structural report to analyse the integrity of the property and to also propose a remedial scheme which was structurally sufficient and cost effective to remedy the problem on a long term basis.
Such a report was required from a qualified Structural Engineer and after receipt of several quotes we went with Dr Hill due to the prompt and efficient manner in which our initial enquiry was answered. This open approach continued throughout, with regular contact being kept and the whole process from inspection to report being completed within a few days. Technical knowledge aside, it was a pleasure to deal with Dr Hill and his team from start to finish due to the professional and polite manner with which all correspondence were dealt.
The report itself was as expected very detailed, and offered a technical insight into the causes and also a great knowledge of the practicality of the proposed remedial applications that is not always prevalent in such documents. This biggest compliment we can pay is to say that for any future structural reports we require we will go direct to Dr. Hill and his team, and will not be obtaining any comparative quotations.
Ian Baldwin – 19 December 2012
Specialist UK Restorations Ltd
Hanover House, Hanover Street,
Liverpool. L1 3DZ
T: 0151 285 3806
F: 0151 285 3939
Prospect House, 32 Sovereign Street
Leeds. LS1 4BJ
T: 0113 389 1160
F: 0113 242 5818
Feedback 2I had cause to use Dr Hill's services in 2012 when I needed a structural engineer's input for a substantial 2 storey extension to my home. His costs were in line with other quotes I had received, but I took a chance on him based on the references I had seen.
Halifax - 8th December 2012
His initial report was frankly too detailed and technical for me so I could not assess how good it was, although it concluded that all would be fine. However, once building work had started, the inspectors from the council considered the existing foundations, and what they were built upon, to be inadequate for the load they would have to carry, and recommended underpinning to the tune of £40,000, which would have been too much for me.
Dr Hill disagreed with them and argued his case vociferously insisting that from his extensive experience there was no issue. His confidence and experience led the inspectors to take his arguments seriously and they requested another report from him with further calculations showing that the additional load would be supported by the existing foundations. It also emerged that my property was built upon a concrete raft, and this together with his report meant that all could proceed as planned without additional cost.
I was particularly impressed by Dr Hill when I witnessed him arguing his case with the inspectors - not many others would have done so. I am convinced that his knowledge, experience and strong convictions, have saved me considerable expense. He is highly professional and supportive of his clients.
In my long working career I have found that there are three main areas that people may be assessed at work: ethics, competence and commitment. From what I have seen of Dr Hill, he seems to pass all three. I shall be recommending him to others.
Ms. Asmat Ali
Government Education Adviser & Educationalist
"Many thanks for your structural report on our property. Buying a neglected
200-year old property was an overwhelming prospect, but your understandable,
no-nonsense, advice was invaluable to us. The report was comprehensive and
clear, backed up by photographic evidence and excellent advice on what to
do in each room. We also found it very useful that the report included a
list of essential/advisable repairs with estimated costs for each or them.
We appreciated your availability to answer our questions after the survey
was handed over to us. It all contributed to a very professional and
personalised service. At last, a property survey worth its money!
Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou" - 17 August 2012
"I was very impressed with Dr Hill's services - I needed an
urgent building and structural survey which he was able to
organise within a few days - a few days after visiting the
property he e-mailed the survey report to me - his report was
extremely comprehensive including photographs and really clear
written detail - this survey report provided a true appraisal
of the property, giving me confidence to proceed with the
purchase - I would definitely use Dr Hill again."
Debbie Dean - 16 August 2012
"We required the services of Dr David Hill back in November, we asked him to attend a property we were looking at purchasing but with it being an old property we were unsure of its condition, Mr Hill was very prompt he attended that same week, and the feedback we received was extremely thorough and professional so much so that we decided what he had found was going to cost us too much to put right, so we decided to pull out of the purchase, which saved us a lot of money in the future.
I would certainly recommend his services.
Jon Howard" - 17 August 2012
To whom it may concern.
We chose Dr David Hill from the local surveyors website, and we are so pleased we did. The property to be surveyed was an 1800’s cottage and we were concerned about one or two things. Dr. Hill carried out the survey within the agreed time scale and a concise report followed promptly. The report was clear and easily understood with photographs. Dr. Hill explained the issues relating to buildings of this age in layman terms and gave appropriate advice and estimated cost of remedial work. There was a couple of queries which arose at a later date and Dr. Hill was very helpful in giving advice on these issues. We would highly recommend Dr. Hill to anyone wanting a building survey.
Terry and Jean Leach
16 Pecket Well Mill
HX7 8QY - 16-08-12
"I retained Dr Hill in late 2011 for a large basement conversion that ran
for over 8 months, and included underpinning and large internal steel
supports. Dr Hill's advice was invaluable. His pro-active forward
thinking approach not only highlighted issues we had not considered
but he was able to offer solutions that were more cost affective.
The quality and clarity of his reports meant the contractors were
able to get on with the job quickly and accurately saving me time
Barrister at Law - Lincoln's Inn - 16 August 2012
18 August 2012
Dr David Hill was one of two Building Surveyors recommended to us by our Solicitors when we were considering purchasing our bungalow. We were so impressed by David’s pleasant yet professional manner even on the telephone that we immediately decided to use his services without recourse to the other recommended Surveyor. David undertook the survey promptly, efficiently and most professionally. His subsequent report to us was most comprehensive being reinforced by first class photography of every aspect of his investigation.
We raised a good number queries with him on various points of his report and he dealt with these fully, courteously and most patiently, advising us as to what remedial work was necessary and how it should be undertaken. His great range of knowledge and qualifications relating to every aspect of building and construction was very reassuring to us thus enabling us to feel confident that we were armed with a full and correct appraisal of the property we were
contemplating buying. We will not hesitate to use his services again if the need arises nor will we hesitate to recommend him to any person, company or organisation.
The recommendation came from Helen Atkinson of Jordans Solicitors of Wellington Road, Dewsbury (01924 457171).
She too is one of life's genuine people and a pleasure to deal with.
Roy and Barbara Wilcock
We got in touch with Dr David Hill after consulting a
number of other structural engineers. We have found
Dr Hill to be a blessing is disguise as without his
knowledge and experience we would have struggled to
get our project completed at the Mosque. Dr Hill's
design for the Mosque extension has received much
praise from within the community and he will
definitely be our first point of call for any future
works. He is extremely friendly and approachable
and it has been a pleasure working with him.
Abdul Ali, Mosque Noor, Huddersfield – 18 August 2012
I first contacted David when i had structural problems with a house i had already purchased. From the start David went above and beyond my expectations. As a complete novice trying to deal with a number of issues I have definitely found that David has helped me through the whole of the renovation process. David has been available and contactable and given me great advice on the journey, I have recommended him to others already and will continue to do so.
ERS International Group/and Property Purchaser
21 August 2012
I had problems with a builder who presented himself as professional, attentive, and competent. He later became deceitful and underhandedly controlling. The work became more extensive and his invoicing more misleading and confusing. The costs escalated. When we complained about some faulty work, he became evasive and denying responsibility and when I refused to pay him all the money, he threatened me with court action. Trading Standards and Consumer Protection agencies didn’t help because it was so complex. I felt victimised and betrayed with no one able to help. I contacted Dr David Hill who was a Chartered Building Surveyor.
I had asked Dr Hill to help me identify the faulty building works. Dr Hill made an independent assessment and analysis of the building works undertaken, I was surprised and grateful when he brought to my attention many things that I would not have been aware of myself, and found evidence that I had been grossly overcharged..
I was trying hard to explain to Dr Hill the 18 months of complicated dealings that I had with the builder but he made it easy for me, it was then that I became aware, not only of Dr Hill’s professional ability and expertise but also of the ease I had in communicating with him. He was assessing and prioritising the information he needed from me in order to complete his report, reiterating it back to me, always remaining fair and impartial. He was calm and I was aware that he was kind and understanding of my situation, I felt enormously relieved.
Dr Hill was consistently reliable and honest, never overstating or misleading. He explained much more than the standards of the building works to me. He explained my rights, simplified the legalities by explaining the court procedures and how to deal with the paperwork, time scales, which people to speak to and what to ask and tell them, whether I might need to consult a solicitor and for what reason. He made everything clear and pointed the way forward for me. He provided me with information, support and guidance, which lead me to the knowledge that I would be able to confidently fight this builder and if necessary go to court. In the end I did go to court, armed with Dr Hill’s report, knowing that if the case was to escalate further he would be able to act for me in court himself. It did not have to go further, the judge ruled in my favour after reading all the evidence.
I had two disputes ongoing at the same time, one with a builder which Dr Hill’s report helped me to win and I did not have to pay the builder all the money he was demanding. The other was a boundary dispute with my neighbour. The advice I received from Dr Hill helped me assess my actions accordingly. I knew that his considerable expertise was invaluable to me and enabled me to fight my case to a successful conclusion, this has made an enormous difference to what the alterative would have been.
21 August 2012
David was initially approached to provide structural advice for the
development and expansion of the Masjid Basement at 62 Halifax Old Road,
his role has developed as the project has progressed and he has become
an trusted consultant/advisor to the Masjid, he is very approachable, ready to
offer and accept advice and always does more than required in order to meet
agreed deadlines for the ongoing development work at the masjid, the
amounts charged for the work undertaken are reasonable and competitive.
Technical Liaison Representative
Jamia Salafia Masjid – Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith
Office Contact - 01484.461193
Direct Contact - 07880661574
Office: 48 Market Street, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, HD3 4HY