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Structural Surveys of Period Properties

Structural Surveys is a term still commonly used to describe types of surveys most suited to anyone thinking of buying a traditionally constructed building.

Most but not all listed buildings are traditionally constructed and date from before 1919, however, there are around five million pre-1919 houses in the UK more than 90% of which are unlisted.

The majority of these buildings date from the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth centuries and include the ubiquitous Victorian and Edwardian housing that defines many of our suburban areas.

In terms of construction and defects, these unlisted buildings are no different from their listed contemporaries. The vast majority of buildings constructed prior to the end of the First World War are what is termed ‘traditionally constructed’ in simple terms this means that the walls tend to be solid. Roofs were constructed on site and crucially, the building does not rely on membranes or cavity’s to remain dry. Physical damp proof courses are quite common in certain types of construction from this era but essentially these buildings function quite differently to modern buildings.

The surveying protocol is the same as for comparable listed building and the type and cause of defects, very similar. As these buildings have not been protected by heritage legislation many of them have been badly mutilated and subject to inappropriate repairs. Many of these repairs and alterations have led directly to serious structural damage and damp problems.These have affected the historic value of the property. Understanding the consequences of these changes requires an experienced structural surveyor and careful consideration.

Some unlisted buildings are considered to be undesignated heritage assets or buildings of local interest. Whilst they don’t meet the listing criteria they often have important elements that require careful inspection.

Our Pre 1919 Structural Building Surveys provide you with the same level of detail we provide for listed buildings. Many clients look to remove damaging alterations and reinstate elements that may have been removed in previous ‘modernisations’. Our structural survey reports include accurate background information on the development of the property and provide you with guidance on how and when to make changes.


Structural Surveys - Nicholson Price Associates


Whether you are buying your first Victorian ‘two up two down, terrace or a substantial Edwardian villa, we can help you. Please call us to discuss your structural survey requirements. 01978 447101