Mentioned in Pevsners ‘Buildings of England' assumed to be designed by Walter Scott and built in 1854 for a local merchant. A beautiful quality Grade II listed house mostly intact including some very fine masonry and internal joinery. Interestingly this property was constructed with a slate damp proof course. Building survey undertaken on behalf of private clients.

Merchants House,

Early C20 impressive country house built in Arts and Crafts style. Edwardian buildings are often considered to be some of the highest quality ever built using traditional construction methods, this one was particularly elegant and contained a mixture of high quality original and modern fittings. Building Survey undertaken on behalf of private clients.

Arts and Crafts House,

The principal elevation of this Grade II listed property is beautifully proportioned and built in a semi-polite architectural style, the remainder of the property is a mixture of sub medieval timber framing and early twentieth brick extensions. The building was in substantially original condition but requiring an extensive programme of repairs. Detailed condition survey undertaken of windows and doors as part of an application for Listed Building Consent.

Early C19 Farmhouse,
North East Wales

One of a number of similar buildings belonging to a well-known estate in North Cheshire. NPA were engaged to undertake a detailed survey of the timber frame and design minimally invasive repairs to the failed jetty structure.

Private Estate Cottage,
North Cheshire

A garden village built over a period of 30 years beginning in the late 19th century for the workers of Lever Brothers soap factory. The mainly Grade 11 listed buildings range in style from medieval to Queen Anne with many decorative embellishments. NPA are retained as surveyors to provide condition reports in relation to damp affecting void properties.

Workers' Housing,
Port Sunlight Village

An early C17 Grade II* listed building, mostly timber frame construction with an early C19 wing. The timber framing is particularly good quality with a jettied first floor, moulded beams and carved corbelling. NPA were commissioned to produce a detailed record and condition report of the structural timber frame and prepare all of the necessary documentation and drawings to enable an application for Listed Building Consent.

Manor House,
East Cheshire

Considered to be the most perfect of Edward I’s castles and now a world heritage site. To help understand why previous roof works were failing and inform the design of further remedial works, NPA were commissioned to undertake a series of investigations into excess moisture affecting the chapel.

Beaumaris Castle,
World Heritage Site

Typical of many buildings in the Chester area, this Grade II listed building was designed by the renowned architect John Douglas who was responsible for designing many of the buildings that give Chester its unique character. Strictly speaking this is composite construction combining timber and masonry elements, surveying this type of building requires careful analysis to establish which timber elements are structural and which are decorative only. NPA were engaged by the estate management company to undertake a condition survey of the structural and non-structural timber framing.

Private Estate House,

Its appearance suggests an earlier construction date for this Grade II listed Building. Built in 1850 with slightly later and modern additions, this property retains its elegance and many of the original internal and external features. In common with many large country houses the estate was recently divided up to produce a number of residential dwellings, although the listed status of the building ensured that the overall external appearance remained unchanged. NPA were commissioned by a private client to undertake a Building Survey.

Large Country House,
South Cheshire

NPA were commissioned by The Dean and Chapter of Bangor Cathedral to undertake a detailed investigation into water ingress affecting the nave. Masonry and mortar samples were removed and moisture and salt profiles were produced using gravimetric analysis.

Bangor Cathedral,
North Wales

Grade II Listed property mostly seventeenth century timber frame construction with a modern but sensitive extension. To help expedite the sale of this property, NPA were asked to undertake a destructive survey to identify the extent of defects in the historic timber frame and panels.

C17 Cottage,
East Cheshire

A relatively rare architectural survivor, part of a Grade II Listed hotel this cast and wrought iron conservatory was suffering from a number of serious problems mainly associated with corrosion. NPA were commissioned to prepare a detailed condition survey and repair specification, and coordinate other building and conservation professionals and contractors to work together in repairing the structure.

C19 Hotel Conservatory,
North Wales

Typical example of box frame construction, common in the North West and border counties this late 17th century Grade II Listed farmhouse has undergone a number of significant changes including the replacement of large sections of timber framing with solid brick. This is quite a common occurrence often as a practical expedient during later alterations, but it also occurred when frames were damaged by decay and rebuilding in brick or stone became a cheaper option. Non-invasive building survey undertaken on behalf of private client.

Timber Frame Farmhouse,
North Shropshire

An interesting Grade II listed property with an exceptional high quality interior, built in Tudor Gothic style for Mr Tate of ‘Tate & Lyle’ NPA were commissioned to undertake condition surveys for the roof and windows and provide general advice regarding the rehabilitation of the building.

Country House,

Originally the country home of one of Wales largest land owners this Grade II* building was redeveloped some years ago to provide a number of independent residential dwellings, this one being of particular architectural note with the benefit of overlooking a Capability Brown Landscaped Garden. Development advice and building survey undertaken by NPA for a private client.

Large Country House,
North Wales

You could be forgiven for thinking this building was constructed in the C19, in fact it was built in the 1930s in traditional style using mainly local materials. Following the most recent quinquennial inspection NPA were asked to provide more detailed information on the condition of the West Window and a number of damp problems. Unusually the windows are manufactured rather than natural stone, in places this ‘cast stone’ was found to be disaggregating as a result of poor quality materials or casting combined with the local maritime environment.

1930's Church,

One of the smallest listed buildings we have surveyed but no less interesting. NPA have been commissioned to help with the development of this property including a sensitively designed rear extension.

Late C18 Moorland Farmstead,

NPA were commissioned to undertake a Building and Measured Survey, production of As Built drawings and design of a new rear extension. All necessary documentation was prepared by NPA and Listed Building Consent granted for a major scheme of repair and rebuilding.

Timber Frame Cottage,
South Cheshire

The owners of this Grade II Listed property had concerns regarding the stability of the timber frame. NPA were commissioned to re-survey the building and report on the condition and stability of the building. This resulted in an out of court settlement from the pre-purchase surveyor who had drawn the wrong conclusions. See Case Studies for further details.

Timber Frame Cottage,

Mainly 18th century property but with later additions, of particular interest is the single storey extension to the side, this is reputed to be a former school room which was dismantled and rebuilt. Building Survey undertaken on behalf of private client.

Late C18 House,

Ubiquitous Grade II listed late Georgian building found in most towns and cities. As the building was being used as offices at the time of the inspection, particular care was required to work out whether any structural alterations had been undertaken and what the opportunities were for residential redevelopment. Building Survey undertaken on behalf of private client.

Late C18 Townhouse,
North Cheshire

A particularly fascinating Grade II listed house, its exterior belies the interior which contains some outstanding features, including the sort of fireplace not often seen outside a National Trust property. Building Survey undertaken on behalf of a private client.

Late Georgian Country House,
Welsh Borders

Typical ‘Borders’ timber frame property dating from the C17. In common with a lot of property built at this time the house is referred to as a ‘Storey and a Half’ although in reality it is a two storey property, dormer windows are often a slightly later addition in this type of building. Building Survey undertaken on behalf of a private client.

C17 Timber Frame House,

A common site in most parts of the country this is part of an Independent Methodist Church built slightly later than the main church building seen to the left. The church was poorly designed with very slender walls, this led to serious structural problems and the church undergoing extensive rebuilding in the mid C20. NPA have undertaken the last two Quinquennial inspections as well as providing advice and specifications for various repairs.

Early C20 Sunday School,
North Cheshire

Large elegant and lofty rooms define this type of Victorian property, generally well built but they can be difficult to keep warm. This building included a coach house and an indoor swimming pool in large grounds. NPA were commissioned to undertake a Building Survey on behalf of a private client, the property has since been redeveloped to form a number of separate residential dwellings.

Victorian Country House
West Cheshire

At first glance this Grade II listed building does not appear to be particularly interesting but if you look carefully at the barge boards, the buildings origins start to become apparent. This was originally a C15 Hall House that has undergone a series of alterations in the C17, C19 and C20. The first floor was originally jettied, this has been filled in by the stone wall behind the road sign but the ‘Dragon Beam’ that helped to support the Jetty is still visible internally. The roof space is particularly revealing, smoke blackened timbers are still visible above the former central hearth. The architectural development of this property is particularly long and complex and required considerable analysis to understand the development and the significance and context of the defects. NPA were engaged to undertake a Building Survey by a private client who also happened to be a senior conservation officer and author of a number of books on historic buildings.

C15 House,

NPA were commissioned by the Local Authority Architects Department to provide a condition report on the masonry and timber decay affecting the suspended floors.

C19 Cemetery Chapel
North East Wales

This unusual property could be described as very much a house of two halves. Most historic buildings have been extended, truncated or altered in some way, often the changes are subtle and difficult for the untrained eye to spot, but not in this case. This is a C17 timber frame building with an early C19 brick extension, no attempt has been made to visually assimilate the two halves and this produces an odd juxtaposition of style and materials. Surveying this type of building requires knowledge of two distinct types of construction methods, and the defects that can afflict them. NPA were engaged to produce measured and condition surveys and prepare all of the necessary documentation and drawings to obtain Listed Building Consent for the repair and alteration of the building, LBC was granted with limited conditions.

C17/C19 Farmhouse,

This impressive gothic style house was built in 1871 for a wealthy family, at the start of the twentieth century it was sold to The Church and extended to include further accommodation and a chapel, seen to the right of the picture. The building is high quality throughout and remains mostly unaltered since its original construction, the building remained in use as a convent until recently. The true scale of this building cannot be appreciated from the photograph, internally it is laid out over four floors including extensive cellars, 18 bedrooms plus an ancillary accommodation building. The roof geometry is exceedingly complex, this required an entire day to properly inspect and photograph. NPA were commissioned by a private developer/ Architect to undertake a Building Survey.

C19 Convent,
North West England