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The Appraisal

We are well versed in carrying out inspections of existing buildings to provide guidance on potential causes of movement or advice on remedial details that may be required to address deterioration or shortcomings of structure. Inspection of existing buildings often requires more investigation than actual design, as the underlying cause can require the identification of soils, foundations, building materials, drainage details, nearby vegetation, etc. before definitive advice can be provided.

See below for examples of the nature of inspections that are often carried out.

(Please note that we do not carry out pre-purchase surveys of properties.)

Existing Building Issues

Building age, construction details and materials all need to be considered when determining the implications of any issues being inspected. We are able to provide reports specifically focussed on addressing any shortcomings identified.

Boundary Walls

We have good experience in providing advice regarding the relative safety and condition of boundary walls of modern or traditional construction.

Building Movement

Buildings can deteriorate for many reasons, from material degradation to water ingress and we are very experienced in investigating such issues. Our location in Cambridgeshire also has ground conditions that often play a significant part in causing subsidence and/or heave. We are therefore very experienced in identifying and reporting on the suspected causes of such building movements.


Site visits and inspections are carried out to the full extent expected by our client, ensuring that the works that have been designed have been interpretted and constructed correctly.

Huntingdon Regional College, Huntingdon

Client: Huntingdon Regional College. Value: £1.5m. In conjunction with Architects Saunders Boston, Richard Herrmann Associates provided the structural and civil design associated with a new main entrance and remodelling internally of the existing college. Significant steelwork columns and beams were designed to provide..

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