SERVICESAt R Hilton & Co Ltd, we provide a comprehensive suite of surveying and building consultancy services, including the following:
Defect diagnosis & Repair Specification
If your building was built before 1919, the technology it employs is likely to differ from modern construction types. Undertaking costly yet inappropriate repairs, borne out of a misunderstanding of the building’s technology, often creates further problems which can be difficult and expensive to resolve.
With more than a decade of experience, our common sense approach and time acquired skillset can help you to make the correct decisions about your historic or listed building. Services include:
Advice on damp related issues and water ingress
Advice on lime mortars, plasters and renders
Advice on cracks and building movement
Domestic and commercial condition surveys
Advice on internal and external finishes
Advice on insect infestation and woodworm
Advice on dry and wet rots
Full design packages and contract administration
A home is the most expensive purchase most people ever make. As an owner you will benefit from expert advice on the condition of your property – whether you plan to live in it, rent it out or sell it.
In an RICS Home Survey an RICS member conducts an in-depth visual inspection of the property. Their report provides an expert account of the property’s condition and highlights any problems in clear and easy to understand. What they will cover:
Aims to identify and problems that need urgent attention or are serious in nature
Aims to advise you on the amount of ongoing maintenance required in the future
Aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future
Aims to enable you to budget for any repair or restoration
Aims to help you decide whether you need extra advice before committing to purchase
Aims to outline the repair options and give you a repair timeline, whilst explaining the consequences of not acting
We’re experts in carrying out surveys of historic and listed buildings, where our specialist knowledge of construction technology will ensure you get a report that’s more focused on the issues that really matter, rather than the more general comments found in many standard reports.
Complete works packages
We can undertake all aspects of works required for your restoration or refurbishment project.
This can include:
Schedules of work
Setting up construction contracts
Principal designer health and safety information
Where architectural, engineering or the services of specialist builders or craftsmen are required, we have the contacts to engage the right people with the requisite level of expertise and understanding.
Contracts set out the obligations of each party during the construction process, so that it’s clear what needs to be done, who will do it, when they will do it by and how much it will cost.
As such, it’s important that all contracts are clear, fair and comprehensive. We can manage all aspects of contracts administration, using industry-standard forms as produced by the Joint Contracts Tribunal.
Educating the next generation of building professionals and craftspeople alike is at the key to long term sustainability.
We regularly guest lecture for Salford University and are available to demonstrate various aspects of historic building maintenance, management and repair; including the mixing and application of lime mortars, renders and plasters to builders, students, homeowners and interested parties.
3D photogrammetry & scaled orthophotography
The process of conserving and restoring historic buildings is often supported by advances in technology. At R Hilton & Co, we are specialists in carrying out 3D photogrammetry and scaled orthophotography – two techniques that can bring real benefits to your project.
3D photogrammetry is a specialist survey technique that allows precise architectural surveys to be carried out to complex historic buildings, using advanced photography techniques.
A 3D photogrammetry survey will generate accurate, three-dimensional drawings which can be used in a variety of applications including condition surveys, monitoring decay, architectural analysis/recording and conservation planning. Scaled orthophotographs look like rectified photographs and have the spatial attributes of more traditional line drawings, meaning that repair locations can be identified and even scaled from them.