Professional Services from Shorttle Associates -
Chartered Building Surveyors


Most forms of commercial property leases contain expressed covenants, which impose obligations on both the landlord and tenant to repair and maintain the property. We can provide professional advice in respect of these obligations and act on behalf of a party to a lease to try and enforce such obligations and resolve any disputes arising.


Many construction projects fall within the scope of the CDM regulations. The regulations define and impose specific obligations and responsibilities for managing health & safety on various parties to a construction project, including the Planning Supervisor. We can advise on the implications of the CDM Regulations, both on clients and contractors and also undertake the role of Planning Supervisor.


The Act provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls & structures, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. We can provide advice on the various rights and obligations imposed on owners by the Act and prepare and serve the relevant notices in accordance with the act on your behalf and prepare appropriate awards.


We can offer advice on the causes and possible remedy of specific building defects and problems. As well as undertaking defects investigation and analysis, we can arrange for defects monitoring, testing and if necessary, the specification and supervision of subsequent remedial work.


Building Surveyors have the knowledge and experience to understand how your buildings are put together, how they work, why they sometimes don’t, and what to do about it. We will investigate your building defects, diagnose the cause(s) and help you put them right if possible.

Some problems (e.g. storm damage, burst pipes, subsidence) may be covered by your insurance policy. We can help and advise with your insurance claim.


Having regular minor repairs prevents any nasty and costly surprises caused by short-term neglect. For example, repairing slipped roof tiles prevents any later headaches from sorting out roof leakages. Ask us about any concerns or worries you have about your property.


Most building owners see maintenance as a necessary evil, so things get put off and problems grow more expensive. We will inspect your building with you, point out your maintenance issues, and help you put them in order of priority, draw up an annual programme and help you to implement it.


Legal disputes involving property and land can take many different forms. For example; two neighbours may have disagreement on the precise position of their boundary, a builder and his client may disagree whether building work has been done correctly to the expected standard and should be paid for, or somebody may have been injured in a dangerous building.

We believe that a client's legal rights, remedies and tactics are best dealt with by a solicitor, but the building related aspects of a case require the specialised experienced knowledge of a chartered building surveyor.


We will visit the premises, and take photographs and accurate dimensions of existing buildings, fences, hedges and other boundary markers, and prepare a record drawing as existing for comparison with original deeds, Ordnance Survey data and other evidence of the true boundary line.


Acting for either the builder or customer, we will examine all contract documents, specifications and drawings, and compare them with a detailed survey of the building as actually constructed. Exploratory investigation by opening-up and laboratory testing may be arranged subject to permission of the building owner.


We will make a thorough investigation of the accident scene, by investigating by opening-up and arranging for laboratory testing if instructed. Our report will give a detailed evaluation of relevant aspects of the building in relation to current legislation and good practice and, as far as possible, the legislation and practice in force at the time the building was constructed.


Insurance claims are usually made due to Fire, flood or storm damage to a property and can be a major setback, but need not be a disaster if you have your insurance company and Shorttle Associates working for you


Fire damage covers more than simply the parts of the property, which got burnt, damaged or destroyed. Damage due to heat, smoke and extinguishment water occurs much further than the flames themselves reached within a property.

A complete fire damage reinstatement scheme must address all of these points, as well as mechanical damage, loss of support, and damage to all other services.

Town Planning policies, Building Regulations and standards have changed since the property was first constructed. Insurance policies usually include for changes in specification to bring the repairs up to current regulations


Not as traumatic as a fire but, if it's your property that's damaged the basic service is the same as for fire damage, but we are alert to the special needs of each case. Talk to us about dehumidifiers and drying out of water damage.


Subsidence damage presents a different set of problems from other insurance claims. It is much slower acting than other insurable problems, but still needs to be dealt with efficiently.