• Design & Construction Drawings



    Building Regulations Applications

    Planning Applications

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    Marshall Macvean are an independent firm of Chartered Building Surveyors, with offices in Guildford, Surrey and Seaford, East Sussex. We cover the areas of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.

    We have 35 years of building surveying experience and offer a wide range of services, from planning applications to building design, alteration and project management.

  • Condition Surveys

    Preparation of Schedules of Dilapidation

    Preparation of Schedules of Condition

    Measured Surveys

    Party Wall Matters

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    We work with clients from a range of areas, including the private and public sectors, schools, churches and local authorities. Our expertise covers existing buildings and new build of residential, commercial and industrial properties.

  • Project Management of Building Process

    Building Contract Administration

    Building Maintenance Management

    Feasibility Studies & Budgets

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    We design buildings as well as project manage designs developed by others and are well used to working collaboratively with these partners to meet the objectives and timescales of your project.

    Our experience extends to the repair, refurbishment and enlargement of buildings from all periods, including historic buildings and those made from masonry construction and traditional, timber framing.

  • We do not have a fixed scale of fees as these depend on the specific service we are undertaking.

    However, as a guide, our fees for most of our work fall into the following categories:

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    1. General design work relating to existing buildings, planning and building regs applications - a fixed fee depending on the project size is charged.
    2. Building contract administration project management - a percentage of the building costs.
    3. Condition surveys - fixed fee based on the size, age, type and location of the building, not on its value.
    4. Schedules of condition and dilapadations - based on an hourly rate.
    5. Party Wall matters - usually carried out on an hourly charge but with more straight forward jobs a fixed fee can be quoted.


Chartered Building Surveyors - Marshall Macvean

Marshall Macvean is regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has full, Professional Indemnity Insurance cover. We operate a complaints handling procedure in accordance with the regulations of the RICS.

We work in association with Oxborough, Chartered Surveyors, of Cranleigh who specialize in valuations, urban and rural estate management, compensation claims and landlord and tenant negotiations.

The following is a selection of jobs that Marshall Macvean have undertaken over the last few years:-

Work Undertaken


Contract Value

Total refurbishment and various extensions and garage block.



New detached house.



Large loft conversion to a listed building.



Total refurbishment, first floor extension & oak vaulted kitchen/family room.



New bungalow.

Bognor Regis


Conversion of house into two houses.



Alterations to a restaurant.



Two storey extension and alterations to a listed building.

Near Cranleigh


Large extension and alterations to a restaurant.



Conversion of an office building into three flats.



Reinstatement of a dilapidated house.



End of terrace new house extension.



Internal alterations to a modern office.



Refurbishment of a listed building including raising the roof and an extension.



Pair of new semi detached houses.



External refurbishment of Victorian block of shops and flats.



Pair of semi detached houses in grounds of a listed building.



External repairs to terrace of shops and office.




And here is a selection of the jobs that we are currently handling:


An extension to a listed house, which includes an open oak vaulted roof.



    Internal works to a large terraced listed house.



    Two extensions including an oak-vaulted, open kitchen & family room.



Two storey rear and side extensions.



Kitchen extension.



    Rear extensions to two adjoining houses.



The conversion of two shops to form a restaurant and rear extension.



Alterations to a listed building.



Extensions to a house.



Condition Surveys

These surveys are often referred to as structural or condition surveys. These notes are to inform clients on the nature of our survey inspection and the contents of our written report.

  Scope of Survey
Nature The survey will take the form of a careful visual examination of the property with the object of providing a subsequent written report which will not only set out the accommodation and nature of the construction of the building(s) but will also advise as to the defects that are or could be present at the time of the inspection, or that may occur within the foreseeable future if no action is taken.  The survey will be based upon an examination of all parts of the building(s) that can be seen without damaging or disturbing the property, its decorations or contents.
Extent To this end we will make a close inspection from within the roof void (where accessible), from outside at ground level, from flat roofs where access is possible from a standard 3.7m ladder and internally room by room.  Our examination will be supplemented, where necessary by moisture readings in walls and floors and by other simple and practical tests.
Defects Our survey will note visible defects usually only discernable to the trained eye and we will also give an indication of signs of potential hidden defects.  In the case of the latter we will make recommendations as to what further investigations are necessary bearing in mind, however, that some defects may be completely hidden.
No Guarantee The structural survey is not a guarantee that all defects that are present, or may occur in the future, will be discovered by this inspection.


Accommodation and Plans Unless specifically requested, only a general description of the accommodation will be made and room dimensions will not be given.  The report will not include the preparation of any plans for the building(s) although a sketch layout plan may be incorporated to assist the understanding  of the report and to illustrate roof layout, foul drainage installation etc.
Minor Defects In some properties, particularly older ones, it is possible to prepare long lists of minor defects which would be apparent to the layman, such as cracked panes of glass, loose or missing door or window fittings etc.  We will avoid preparing such a list unless specifically required.
Outbuildings Although the survey will cover any garage and other substantial detached building(s) within the curtilage of the property, minor outbuildings and structures such as sheds, greenhouses, stables and coal bunkers are not normally included.
Estimates An indication of the approximate cost of essential repairs will be included but this is intended to be used as a guide only.  If an accurate figure is required then a detailed estimate should be obtained from a local building contractor so that there is full awareness of the potential liability before legal commitment (usually exchange of contracts).
Use We will not advise as to the suitability of the property for a client’s individual requirements and/or use unless asked to do so and provided there is sufficient information to give such advice.
  1. The report will not include an open market valuation of the property as this is work we do not undertake.  Likewise a building insurance valuation will not be included but this can be provided if requested before the inspection is carried out and will incur an additional fee.


Lease Where the property is part of a complex and there are shared maintenance arrangements, for example with flats it is preferable that we are provided with a copy of the lease setting out the proposed repairing responsibilities.  Otherwise the surveyor will assume that the client will be liable to pay for a proportion of the charge for the repair and maintenance of the building as a whole that will be equivalent to the proportion that the subject property has to the complete building of which such a property forms part.
Common Parts The inspection will include an examination of common parts and a comment will be made on their general condition.  Unless specifically agreed, however, the extent of liability will be limited to the demised premises only.
Caretaker’s Flat The survey will not include any caretaker’s flat unless we are requested to do so.


Hidden Parts The inspection of the property will be as detailed as reasonably possible and will be based on having access to areas where this will not involve damage or disruption to either the structure or any finishings or furnishings that may exist in the property.  If the property is furnished, the inspection of certain areas may be limited, including areas where items are stored e.g. in roof spaces.  This particularly applies to floors where the presence of fitted carpets, tiles or other finishes, which cannot be reasonably raised, will preclude a full inspection.  Floorboards will not be lifted without prior agreement.
Furniture, Fixtures etc Small items of furniture will be moved, if this is possible, but larger items such as wardrobes, sideboards and office equipment etc. will not be moved.  Kitchen units and other fitted cupboards which are fixed to the walls often have timber backs and bases which conceal the floor and wall surfaces.  Furthermore, it will not be possible to raise floorboarding without the owner’s approval and in any case certain types of flooring (e.g. sheet material and tongued and grooved boarding) are difficult to raise without damaging them and we often find that owners are reluctant to give their consent.
Foundations The survey will not include excavations to examine foundations, walls and other parts of the structure below ground level or the subsoil upon which the foundations are constructed.  If any defects are suspected in concealed areas as a result of our visual inspection, or from other evidence available, this will be indicated in our report together with our recommendations concerning the area that it is considered should be opened up for further examination.  Such opening up or other investigation will be the subject of approval by the owner.  We will be pleased then to return to the property to examine the concealed parts.
Adjoining Properties The surveyor will not trespass onto adjoining properties unless the consent of the occupiers is obtained.
Samples The inspection will not include the removal of samples for testing.  All advice will be based upon information that can be obtained from a visual surface inspection, or from testing with the equipment that is used in the inspection.
Dampness and Woodworm The surveyor will use a proprietary moisture meter to check for any dampness.  Subject to access to surfaces (which is usually difficult in such places as kitchens, wcs and where walls and floors are lined with impervious materials or otherwise covered), tests are carried out on the walls on average every 1m.  Accessible structural timbers will be checked for insect infestation or fungal decay.
Specialist’s Report Unless the building is relatively new, or there is a valid guarantee for treatment to structural timbers and for damp penetration, a supplementary report by a specialist firm may be obtained by us which will include an estimate for the cost of any remedial works considered necessary.  Where a specialist firm is involved they normally carry out their inspection at the same time as ourselves.
Service Installations The surveyor will not test the water, electricity, gas, heating equipment, foul or surface water drainage installations, lift, air conditioning or any other services in the property.  However, if a prior request for any of the service installations to be tested has been made then we will arrange for specialists to undertake such work preferably at the same time as our own survey.
Tests We would point out that the tests will only relate to the installations actually encountered at the property.  Comment will not be made on the adequacy of any installation to accommodate, for example, additional sanitary or electrical fittings, unless specifically asked to do so and we are provided with details as to number, location and nature of such fittings.

It is our recommendation that, except with new properties, tests of the services are carried out. especially with commercial properties where clients face potentially greater liability.

Home Information Pack (HIP) The survey will not include an energy assessment of the property or other information that will be provided by the vendor in the Home Information Pack.


Design Details With a new property we cannot comment on whether or not the building or buildings have been constructed in accordance with the designer’s detailed drawings and specification unless we are specifically asked to do so and supplied with copies.  However, we would point out that builders often make variations to the design details and in our experience, therefore, what is actually constructed often differs in some way from the original drawings and specification.  Similarly, the survey does not include carrying out a check on the design details to ensure that they are structurally adequate and comply with all the relevant regulations.  However, we would provide such a service if asked to do so although it would involve an additional fee.


Generally Unless a new property, we will not comment on whether the building or buildings comply with the Building Regulations since they are frequently revised, and where a property is more than about two years old it is inevitable that it will not comply old fully with the latest edition of the regulations but that does not necessarily imply that the subject property is structurally unsound.
Proposals Details of any building regulations or town planning proposals past or present will normally be obtained by the client’s solicitor as part of the pre-contract enquiries.  This normally only relates to the subject premises and does not include neighbouring properties.  Our surveyors do not normally contact local authorities to check such, unless asked to do so, because there is usually some delay in being given access to the information.


  The report may refer to items requiring repair or     renewal.  Such reference will only provide a broad indication of the works required and will not specify precisely how any defects should be remedied.  This is because the report is not intended to be a specification of works of repair/renewal but merely to advise in general terms of items requiring attention.  We would be pleased, however, to advise further on how remedial works can be affected and as part of our building surveying work we do prepare specifications, obtain tenders from builders and supervise works on behalf of clients as a separate commission.


  For the purposes of the written report: It will be assumed that no high alumina cement concrete, woodwool slabs for permanent shuttering, calcium silicate bricks and slips, asbestos, calcium chloride additive or other deleterious material have been used in the construction of the property.

There will be no inspection of woodwork, steelwork or other parts of the structure which are covered, unexposed or inaccessible at the time of the survey and, as such, it will not be possible to report that any such part of the property is free from insect infestation, fungal decay, corrosion or other defect.

It will be assumed that the property is not subject to any unusual or especially onerous restrictions, encumbrances or outgoings and that good title can be shown.

It will be assumed that the property is unaffected by any matters which would be revealed by a Local Search and Replies to the Usual Enquiries or by any statutory notice and that neither the property, nor its condition, nor its use, nor its intended use, is or will be unlawful.



  The report will be prepared for the sole use of the client for the specific purpose required and will be confidential to the client and their professional advisers.  We cannot be held responsible to any third party who may become acquainted with all or any part of it.  The report should not be reproduced in whole or part, or relied on by any third party without our prior written authority.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors


  It is pointed out that we operate a complaints handling procedure in accordance with the RICS regulations. copy of the procedure is available on request.
Chartered Building Surveyors

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Seaford: 01323 892532 (Andrew Macvean)
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Company address: 23 Stoke Manor Close, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 3RE