Grade II* House
Expert Witness, Repairs, & Survey
I was working for the client on another property (a Grade II* brick gatehouse, converted to offices), when the client asked if I could help with his timber framed home. When he purchased, he had a survey undertaken, but after moving in found various issues and deterioration of the timber frame. I undertook an inspection, and this evolved into a formal expert witness instruction.
Once the case was over the client asked me to then deal with the repairs. The building was an exposed timber frame, but research indicated that it had previously been rendered over the frame. Consent was obtained for rendering over the frame with a lime render, as well as some frame repairs.
As part of the work, consent was obtained for some attic windows where it appeared there had previously been windows. Whitworth dealt with an application to convert the attic to accommodation, as there was evidence it had once contained a number of rooms. As part of the work the attic had to incorporate ‘bat mitigation’ due to a roost of bats. However, the attic conversion did not take place.
Some years later, when the original client decided to move, I was asked to carry out a survey for the purchaser and this was agreed with my previous client.