Scott is an RICS qualified Building Surveyor who is extremely passionate about historic buildings. He is enthusiastic about any property he steps into, whether it be a large Georgian town house, a 17thcentury converted barn or a small Victorian cottage. His surveys are very thorough, and he strives to the highest of standards.
Scott has extensive experience in carrying out many different types of surveys on a wide range of historic listed and un-listed buildings of varying age and construction. He understands how historic buildings are constructed, how they function and the importance of using the correct traditional materials that are compatible with the building fabric.
He has a vast amount of experience in carrying out damp and timber surveys, using a range of specialist equipment such as thermo-hygrometers, thermal imaging cameras and calcium carbide meters. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of buildings Scott has surveyed, he has never once found a true case of ‘rising damp’ or the need to inject a chemical damp proof course. Similarly, he has never found a case where timber preservative treatment is required. Scott has a good understanding of conservation principles and philosophy and ensures that his recommendations are appropriate, practical, sensitive and adopt a minimal intervention approach.
Scott also carries out Expert Witness work for social housing disrepair claims and is skilled in producing Expert Witness reports. He has undergone Expert Witness training and holds the RICS Expert Witness Certificate.
Scott is constantly expanding his skills and knowledge within the conservation industry. He has undertaken numerous training courses and has completed a Masters Degree in Historic Building Conservation. He has good practical experience and has attended courses on the application of lime mortars, renders and plasters as well as various courses on the repair of historic timber framed buildings. He volunteers every year with the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings); last year he spent 5 days volunteering mixing up hot lime mortars, re-pointing and limewashing the brick walls of a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house. Scott is also in the process of purchasing a Grade II listed Georgian house which he intends to refurbish and reverse inappropriate works that have been carried out.
Scott’s current workload at Heritage Consulting consists of the following:
Building Surveys– Pre and post purchase surveys of historic buildings varying in age, status and construction.
Damp and Timber Surveys– Diagnosing dampness and timber defects in historic buildings using a range of specialist equipment.
Condition Surveys– Carrying out surveys of large blocks of flats, schools and commercial buildings for the purpose of planned improvement and maintenance works.
Expert Witness Surveys– Acting as Expert Witness for disputes relating to disrepair in social housing properties.
Defect Analysis Surveys– Investigating building defects within modern and historic buildings.
Specification Writing– For repairs works to historic listed buildings.
Consultation Advice – Providing advice to clients on refurbishment, repairs and traditional materials.
Listed Building Consent Applications – Scott is experienced in preparing the relevant documents and submitting listed building applications for works to historic listed buildings.
Here are some examples of some of the historic buildings that Scott has surveyed:
Scott Lime Plastering
Lime pointing at the SPAB working party
Large Grade II* listed house in Chelmsford, Essex – dating back to 17thcentury, with many Georgian and Victorian alterations.
Grade I listed timber framed hall house in Maidstone, Kent – dating back to 14th century.
Large Grade II listed Arts and Crafts house in East London.
Grade I listed house constructed in 1660 – Sittingbourne, Kent.
Dulwich Picture Gallery – London’s first public art gallery constructed early 19thcentury – Grade II* listed.
Grade II listed 16thcentury timber framed hall house in Maidstone, Kent.
Grade II* listed 15thcentury timber framed hall house in Great Dunmow, Essex.
Former Methodist Church now used as an arts theatre – Grade II listed in Highgate, North London.
Grade I listed former poets house, now a museum celebrating the poets work, constructed in c.1815 – Hampstead, North London.
Former gun battery in Portsmouth dating back to late 17th century with mid-18th century alterations. Grade I listed and Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Mid-19th century former water pumping station in Croydon with early 20th century additions, currently vacant and about to be converted. Grade II listed.
Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in Central London.
Large mid-19th century townhouse set over 6 floors in Central London – Grade II listed.
Grade I listed almshouse, constructed in 17th century for retired sailors – East London.
Grade I listed castle, now converted into three dwellings – South London.
Grade II listed timber framed house dating back to early 16th century – Kelvedon, Essex.