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Mursell Founded in 1993, Mursell & Company was established to offer Chartered Building Surveying services across southern England. The practice has gained considerable experience working for a variety of public, commercial and private sectors clients; with enhanced services that include Party Wall Surveying, Quantity Surveying and Architectural design. We are ready to adapt traditional procedures to incorporate modern techniques.

The paramount objective is to provide a reliable, efficient and competitive service in all aspects of surveying and architecture. We endeavour to bring a team approach to all our projects; this means you get the best of all our skills and experience engaged on your project. This enables us to give sound advice and to produce innovative designs and solutions whilst keeping a firm hold on cost.

Building surveying is at the very core of our business; it links and overlaps with the quantity surveying and architecture so that we can give a complete service to our clients. We are Chartered Building Surveyors, regulated by the RICS.

read more › Building surveying, quantity surveying, party wall surveying and architectural design services in the Thames Valley, Home Counties and south of England. Building surveying is at the very core of our business; it links and overlaps with party wall surveying, quantity surveying and architectural design so that we can give a complete service to our clients. We are Chartered Building Surveyors, regulated by the RICS. Our expert team includes building surveyors, building technicians and party wall surveyors.

read more › Chartered Building Surveyors, Regulated by RICS, at the very core of our professional service. As building surveyors we undertake building surveys, defects inspections (including subsidence, damp, decay, flat roofs, pitched roofs and thatch); we also undertake cavity wall inspections, maintenance and repair inspections we prepare schedules of condition and dilapidation, insurance reinstatement valuations or assessments carry out measured land and building surveys; and, act in boundary disputes and party wall matters.

read more › We undertake and prepare a number of different types of schedule of dilapidation. We also negotiate the settlement of dilapidation claims for landlords and tenants. Schedules of dilapidation on behalf of landlords fall into two main types usually called interim or terminal. An interim schedule of dilapidation details items of disrepair found during the term and is served by the landlord on the tenant. It is often the prelude to the landlord entering the premises, carrying out the work and then recovering the cost from the tenant (assuming it to be permitted under the lease).

read more › A schedule of condition records the condition of a building or site at a particular point in time and may be supported by photographs, sketches or drawings. It is often required at the beginning of a lease or prior to the commencement of construction work or in connection with litigation. We usually quote fixed fees for the preparation of a schedule of condition; so call now for a no obligation quotation. This traditional stone built cottage is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the town of Shrewsbury.

read more › Building surveys conducted by Chartered Building Surveyors, including pre-acquisition full structural surveys. A building survey, sometimes called a structural survey or full building survey, is an inspection and assessment of the construction and condition of a building and does not include advice on its market value. A building survey is usually required prior to purchase or taking a lease. It may also be required prior to starting building work or in connection with a Planning Application to demonstrate that the building is capable of being altered or extended for a particular purpose.

read more › In so many building projects quantity surveying is one of the key functions in achieving success. It is not unusual for projects to be lead and coordinated by one of our quantity surveyors. Our client for this project was a consortium consisting of a major house builder and local authority. The house builder agreed to finance an eight classroom extension to a local school as part of a 'planning gain' agreement. Planning consent had already been obtained so we suggested tendering on the basis of a design and build contract.

read more › When an employer wishes to procure a building project via a 'design and build' contract (specifically a JCT contract) he needs to appoint an 'Employers Agent' to act on his behalf. The 'Employers Agent' will be a named individual that the employer entrusts with his or her authority to manage the project. If that individual is employed then his firm will also be named. The role is often filled by a quantity surveyor although the role of QS is not mentioned in the JCT design and build contract. Our quantity surveyors and building surveyors have considerable experience in design and build contracts and frequently act as 'Employer's Agent'.

read more › As project coordinator we become very much part of the client's team, committed to achieving complete satisfaction by delivering the building on time and on budget. This is a client centred function and starts with a discussion to establish space requirements, specific operating issues, quality, timing, budget costs and other matters such as life cycle costing. Out of these discussions the team structure can be formulated to establish the key members, architect, planning consultant, structural engineer, mechanical engineers etc.

read more › Measured term contracts; suit property owners with a large portfolio wishing to undertake planned maintenance, repair or improvement work. It is best applied to a relatively compact geographical area containing a significant number of properties and therefore is often used by public sector clients. Our first-hand experience has enabled us to guide clients through the process of advertising contracts in accordance with EU rules, contractor short listing and selection, preparation of the work schedules and tender documentation, tender analysis, contractor nomination and contract signing; and, eventually, post contract auditing.

read more › Dispute resolution; for those occasions when a building contract leads to a dispute between the parties. Regretfully building contracts sometimes lead to disputes between employers and contractors. They may disagree over the quality or cost of the work, the extent or scope of the project, the time taken to complete, or even the contract terms themselves. With our knowledge and experience we can advise either party and hopefully secure an amicable settlement; however, if the matter cannot be resolved amicably then we can advise on the alternative dispute resolution procedures including mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation.

read more › Architectural design services, experienced and professionally qualified client focused team. Whether it is a new building, an extension, refurbishment, renovation, re-modelling, rehabilitation, restoration, conversion or a change of use project that you have in mind you will find our experienced and fully qualified consultant architects, technicians and building surveyors can offer you a client focused service tailored to your specific requirements. Our Architects are trained in the planning, design and oversight of building projects.

read more › A feasibility study is an exercise to assess the design and cost implications of a proposed project; the end product is a feasibility report. It may contain photographs, sketches and drawings as well as financial projections. Depending on the proposal the study will consider the practicalities of the scheme, its impact on the building or site as well as the locality generally; it will consider legal restrictions as may appear in title deeds and leases, the constraints imposed by Planning and Building Regulations; site conditions, the soil, availability of drainage and other services (gas, electric, fibre optics); and, it will advise on timings, tendering and the need to appoint other professionals.

read more › The sketch scheme stage follows on and forms part of the development of the project brief. Taking a detailed brief is an important first step for every project as it identifies your aims and objectives, your essential requirements and the budget limitations. Working closely together we will interpret your brief to produce sketch proposals that will give you a pictorial image of how the building might look. We endeavour to interpret your brief with several outline sketches. Typically our sketches consist of plans and elevations drawn to scale.

read more › Working with your brief and any agreed sketch scheme we will work up the proposal to produce a working design. This stage incorporates more detail and gets into materials and finishes to fully illustrate the layout and appearance of the scheme. At this stage the proposal can be taken to the local authority Planning Department for pre-application consultation. This is a preliminary opportunity to sound out the council and perhaps deal with any contentious issues before the design is finalised. At the same time it is good practice to discuss the scheme with neighbours, parish and other local councillors and, for larger schemes perhaps consider a public exhibition or meeting.

read more › Planning and Listed Building Consent are a consideration in all building projects; we advise and seek approval. Not all building work requires Planning approval. Some small buildings, extensions and alterations are exempt or have deemed consent under "Permitted Development" rights. These rights vary according to the use of the building or land; they are further modified if the building is Listed or located in a Conservation Area, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or National Park.

read more › Building Regulation approval is a consideration in all building projects; we advise and seek approval where necessary. Some small buildings, minor alterations and most repairs are exempt from Building Regulation approval. You can also start most residential schemes without prior approval under the "Building Notice" procedure. This procedure best suits small, uncomplicated schemes as it generally avoids the preparation of full detailed plans, calculations and construction notes. However, because the work on site is inspected as it progresses there are risks that it will be unsatisfactory and this may result in it having to be removed or taken down and re-done; this will add to cost and cause delay.

read more › There may be company policies to follow or EU Regulations to consider. You may want a fixed price but how are fluctuations or changes in materials or labour costs or in taxation to be handled? Is a pre-qualification process required or will single stage tendering be appropriate? What contract should be used? How long will the tender be valid? Would a design and build contract be best? Are there elements of contractors design? You have had a builder recommended to you but are they any good, are they suitable, are they available, do they employ their own labour or sub-contractors, do they overrun or make lots of claims for extras?

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