Over 30 years experience

About

We are chartered building surveyors, chartered civil engineers, chartered structural engineers, chartered building engineers, chartered builders and chartered managers with over 30-years within private practice and hands-on professional experience and construction site experience.

Our professional ‘Practice’ Dr David Stuart Hill Chartered Consultancy is regulated by the RICS and other UK Institutions where it has been in private chartered surveying consultancy since 1987.

Over that time frame since its inception our chartered professionals have undertaken over 1,000 building and structural surveys and reports for prospective purchasers and vendors and where those properties have ranged from one-bedroom terraced properties to eighteen-bedroom residences ranging in price from £75,000 to over £3.5 million in value. Indeed, with our inherent time-served knowledge and surveying and engineering experience built up over those years, we have provided full term satisfaction for our clients and where we have always told it as it is when it comes to property surveys and engineering surveys, whether good or whether there are major building and structural issues. Indeed, we pride ourselves in providing a property reporting service that we and others consider to be second to none, as our professionals and associates are all qualified RICS chartered building surveyors, CABE chartered building engineers, ICE chartered civil engineers, IStruct.E chartered structural engineers, IET senior engineers and CIOB chartered builders who are underpinned with over 50-years in-depth experience within the building industry.

But although the practice’s chartered building and structural reports are one of the primary specialist service that we undertake for our clients, we have just as enviably and very broad long-term expertise in structural engineering and civil engineering together with other specialist areas and competences that the practice undertakes (see the practice ‘Profile). Indeed, RICS chartered surveyors and other chartered building professionals use our practice’s services in these fields of endeavour when structural concerns and other problem issues are determined by them…and they are consistently. In this way also our diversity of surveying experience combined with our engineering experience and long-term knowledge base within the industry, allows the practice to solve interdisciplinary problems and provide the peace-of-mind and solutions, not just for our own clients, but for the clients of other chartered professionals.

Surprisingly though even with this very extensive diversity of knowledge, we are a practice that is highly competitive in price with regard to our professional fees and where our rates are as competitive for individual clients as they are for large corporate concerns. Therefore, even though we are a practice that has one of the most in-depth knowledge bases in surveying practice within the Huddersfield and Yorkshire region, commissioning our practice is not restrictive in financial terms.

Profile

The Practice is competent in the following technical disciplines and combines these areas of professional expertise for our varied clients wherever they are relevant upon request and commission. In that way we inform our clients of the full extent of what they should know to solve their problems and their needs satisfactorily.
  • RICS Building Survey for private and corporate clients
  • RICS Condition Report for private and corporate clients
  • Chartered Building & Structural Reports (the most in-depth technical reports that incorporate both the discipline of building surveying, and structural engineering with analysis and structural stability of buildings
  • Drone and aerial surveys for residential, commercial and industrial buildings
  • Residential property advice for private and corporate clients
  • Residential surveys for private and corporate clients
  • Period property surveys and reports
  • Building surveying for new and existing properties, buildings and structures for residential, commercial and industrial clients
  • Engineering property inspections and remediation design services for residential, commercial and industrial buildings
  • Structural engineering design of structures for Building Regulation’s approval
  • Subsidence & settlement client advice and insurance claim reports
  • Site inspections of existing and new properties, buildings and structures (residential, commercial and industrial)
  • Expert witness for residential, commercial and industrial property claims and defences including building surveying and engineering technical reports
  • Expert witness for single and multi-owner boundaries disputes
  • Negligence claims and defence professional services in or out of the Courts
  • Dispute resolution between client, builder and other professional advisers
  • Dispute resolution with concern to Commercial parties
  • Building surveying for Commercial property
  • Stock condition for clients with multi-buildings clients and bank security with regard to their building and engineering stability and integrity condition
  • Damp conditions surveys and reports
  • Industrial property design and construction
  • Commercial property design and construction
  • Specialist property including listed buildings for building and engineering stability and integrity condition
  • Social housing advice including planning and building regulation’s approvals
  • Empty property maintenance and necessary remediation works
  • Building maintenance advice and reports for residential, commercial and industrial buildings
  • Condition surveys of residential, commercial and industrial buildings
  • Dilapidations surveys and reports for residential, commercial and industrial buildings
  • Defects identification and detailed reporting
  • Repair & restoration professional advice
  • Retail property advice and reports with regard to building surveying and engineering development
  • Construction advice and engineering design for single and multi-storey buildings (residential apartments, commercial offices , industrial process plants and storage buildings)
  • Boundary issues and resolution for residential, commercial and industrial properties
  • Churches including their maintenance and new-build (christian churches and mosques)
  • Contaminated land (phase 1 desktop and full environmental phase 2 reporting)
  • Development monitoring & advice for residential, commercial and industrial properties
  • Environment reporting
  • Flat roofs construction, maintenance and their refurbishment
  • Flooding prevention advice and construction (residential only)
  • Landlord and tenant issues concerning advice and dispute resolution
  • Party walls and the implementation of the party wall etc Act 1996 for residential properties
  • Party walls implementation under the party wall etc Act 1996 for commercial properties
  • Party walls implementation under the party wall etc Act 1996 for industrial properties

Project Types

The ‘Practice’ has undertaken a wide range of project types 

  • House Extensions
  • New Homes
  • Eco Homes
  • Self-Build Homes
  • Small to Medium Sized Estate Developments
  • Small and large internal alteration projects with regard to structural design in compliance with the building act and building regulations
  • Modern trussed loft conversions using substitution structural design techniques and calculations under the building act 1984 with amendments and the building regulations (residential, commercial and industrial buildings)
  • Apartment blocks (existing multi-storey residential mill conversion complexes and new build residential developments)
  • Basement conversions using dwarf retaining wall structures and not conventional destabilising underpinning methods
  • New basements including additional design of lower level multi provision basements where required
  • Commercial building’s structural design and engineering construction drawings
  • Industrial building’s structural design and engineering construction drawings • Single & Multi-storey car park’ s structural design and engineering construction drawings
  • Multi-storey reinforced concrete frame’s structural design and engineering construction drawings
  • Traditional loft Conversions (residential, commercial and industrial buildings)
  • Retaining Wall’s structural design and engineering construction drawings
  • Raft foundation’s structural design and engineering construction drawings
  • Piled foundations & ground beam’s structural design and engineering construction drawings
  • Steel and Concrete Frames

Commercial & Residential

This combination of small project services to larger project services has created a practice which can be viewed as a unique standard-bearer for consultancy within the building industry, for it solves the client’s problems from the stand-point of extensive experience in many project types over a timeframe of over 50 years in respect of some of our chartered consultants.

Geographical Spread

Although the ‘Practice’ is based in Huddersfield and where predominantly our professional services are provided for the Kirklees area, project advisory services have been undertaken in following geographical areas of the United Kingdom:
  • Biggleswade
  • London
  • Leeds
  • Barnsley
  • Hull
  • Rotherham
  • Bradford
  • Halifax
  • Luddenden Foot
  • Todmorden
  • York
  • Wakefield
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Keighley
  • Cleckheaton
  • Batley
  • Hebden Bridge
  • Manchester
  • Stockport
  • Doncaster
  • Derby
  • Liverpool