They might be straw, but you can’t blow them down. Is the future of construction in straw?

It may sound like a return to the dark ages, but using straw as a construction material is a genuine technique which has now expanded beyond the realms of ‘Grand Designs’ and self-builds, and into the commercial market. We look at seven new homes in Bristol, within a project which seeks to change the way we think about building houses…
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Deeds, not words, prove man’s worth

The bell of the Victoria Hall in Ash, Surrey has chimed merrily for over a 100 years. Each quarter of an hour, the bell rings out and on the hour, every hour, its peels can be heard across the village. Health and Safety knows no bounds in the modern world, however, and one new resident can have a substantial impact…
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Tourists that flock to see the most photographed houses in Britain are left devastated by bright yellow car

Tourists trying to capture a picture of the most photographed ‘ordinary’ homes in Britain have been left devastated by a photobombing Vauxhall Corsa…
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10 questions on… Gargoyles and Grotesques

gargoyle_All you could want to know about gargoyles and grotesques, some of the most mysterious building features you’ll find. We look at their true purpose, the history of their use and the meanings of the many shapes and likenesses…
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Landlord struck with £300,000 of fines and costs after multiple planning breaches

A landlord’s failure to comply with numerous planning enforcement notices issued by Waltham Forest Borough Council has now resulted in a substantial sum of fines and costs of more than £300,000. The case shows that no landlord will escape their LPA if they choose to play fast and loose with the rules…
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Ramsay takes on Love and loses

Ref. Gordon James Ramsay v Gary Love [2015]
TV chef Gordon Ramsey has lost his legal battle with Pub owner Gary Love and will now need to find almost £10m in rent which he personally guaranteed. We look at the legal basis of Mr Love’s case and how Ramsey was still liable, even though he never personally signed the documents in question…
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The Property Market Monthly Fact File – February 2015

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.
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Lambeth leads the way in new anti-social behaviour powers, quashing squatters and removing ravers

Ref. Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
Lambeth Borough Council have already made good use of their new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which came into force last October. In doing so, they have closed down seven properties in just three months…
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Do you need a surveyor in North Shields?

andy_banks_surveyorNorth Shields is a town on the northern bank of the River Tyne, in the metropolitan borough North Tyneside. It has grown from a small fishing village to incorporate the nearby village properties of Chirton, Preston and Billy Mill. Recent regeneration has lead to the improvement of local build quality and a number of buildings in North Shields are now notable.

Andy Banks MRICS heads Right Surveyors North East, an independent property consultancy providing an efficient and personal service tailored to suit the clients’ needs. He is a member of the RICS, a specialist Building Surveyor and an experienced professional.


Surveys are usually undertaken personally by Andy. His experience, expertise and detailed knowledge of local property and current market conditions mean that he is ideally placed to advise his clients on all sorts

of projects and acquisitions, large or small, residential or commercial. Andy is a Building Surveyor who has lived in the North East almost all of his life and has been practicing here for 13 years, a local lad who was educated in the North East.

Please telephone Andy Banks MRICS and the team to discuss your building survey, valuation or other property requirements.

0191 633 1123

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Do you need a surveyor in Wellingborough?

Martin Pendered & Co are an independent practice of Chartered Surveyors covering Wellingborough and the surrounding Northamptonshie area – helping clients with both residential survey and commercial property issues. Martin is a Chartered Valuation Surveyor and a Fellow of the RICS. He has been a surveyor for over 40 years.

martin.penderedMartin Pendered can help if you require an independent surveyor in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire for all kinds of professional work including building surveys, structural surveys, homebuyer reports or home buyer reports and property valuations, expert witness reports, party wall surveys and advice and other professional work carried out in or around the Wellingborough area.

Other services include buildings reinstatement insurance valuations, schedule of condition reports, property advice, professional property work and boundary disputes.

About Wellingborough:

Wellingborough is a market town in Northamptonshire, lying on the River Nene. There are a number of noteable landmarks in Wellingborough including the railway station, which is a Grade II listed building. The steeple of All Hallows Church building is another unusual feature of Wellingborough, that has stood for 600 years and is a grade I listed building.

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