We are an independent and professional chartered surveying company providing building surveying services for commercial properties including the licensing sector.

With over 20 years’ experience in the field we pride ourselves with offering sound professional and technical advice and in a timely manner to all our clients; whether they be individual clients, small businesses through to corporate occupiers/ investors.

We can tailor our services and advice to the specific needs of the client to ensure you gain better value for money.

Having previously been employed by national consultancy practices as well as employed as an “in- house” building surveyor working on development and investment Fund portfolios, our Principal Director, Cathy Knutsen FRICS, has extensive skills and knowledge so fully understands client expectations and needs.

Geographical Area

We cover West and South of England, the Channel Islands and South Wales. We will travel further afield should you require this.


Pre-acquisition building surveys for investors or potential occupiers

We offer a range of surveys from full building surveys through to main elements (structure and fabric) surveys.

Defect Analysis and condition surveys

Planned preventative maintenance schedules

To help you budget for as the repairs to the buildings property. These schedules are prepared on assessment of the condition and life cycle assessment of component parts of the building and site curtilage. ‘Day One’ budget cost estimates are provided usually over a 5, 10 or 15 year budgeting plan.


For new build, refurbishment, Cat A and B fit out works, repair and maintenance works.

Contract Administration

Preparing a full specification of works, tendering the works and administrating the contract to include interim valuations and settling the final account with the contractor. Manging delivery of project in terms of quality, cost and time.

Project management

Involving full contract administration and managing other client consultants and the contractor on a project. Manging delivery of project in terms of quality, cost and time.

Feasibility and Costing Advice

Project monitoring

Monitoring works for either Funders/ Banks/ Financial institutions, Landlords or prospective tenants and purchasers. Dealing with: Land and property acquisition matters; Statutory consents; Competency of the developer, its team and any proposed project management systems; Financial appraisals; Development, finance, consultancy and construction agreements; Construction costs and programmes; Design and construction quality.


Schedules of dilapidations

Dilapidation assessments – either acting for a tenant or landlord where the dilapidation liability, repairs and expected costs are assessed against the repairing obligations of the lease.

Terminal schedule of dilapidations- prepared for landlords prior to lease end, plus interim schedules of dilapidations mid- term.

Acting for tenants to defend a dilapidation claim.

Negotiation and settlement of dilapidation claim (on behalf of tenant or landlord).

Advice and implementation including defence strategies such as Section 18 (1).

Break clause advice.

Schedules of condition

Prior to taking a lease or to record the condition for party wall agreements or other such requirements.

Licence to Alter

Assessment of works and providing advice and assisting with information required for a licence to alter for either the landlord or the tenant.

Building Reinstatement Cost Assessments

Valuing the rebuild cost of the property for insurance purposes.


Advising on Party Wall Matters

Acting either for the Building Owner or Adjoining Owner and dealing with schedules of condition to record the state of the buildings prior to commencement of works and preparing or agreeing the Party Wall Award. Monitoring the works in accordance with the Award.


Cathy Knutsen BA FRICS

Knutsen Surveyors Ltd 42 Tuffley Road Henleaze Bristol BS10 5EG

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