Building surveying has been at the heart of Silver’s operation from the first and our team of qualified surveyors has an invaluable contribution to make at every stage of a building’s life. 

The Silver Difference

For clients considering the purchase of a property, the team can produce a rigorous report on its current condition, specify the scope of any refurbishment and assess its long-term viability. They can assist with sustainable strategies for maintenance, enhancement and repairs, encompassing all the relevant health and safety concerns, and offer practical advice on handling the complex issues around dilapidation and decommissioning.

What sets our team apart is the experience, expertise and enthusiasm they bring to any task. With all the essential skills available in house, we have no need to rely on outsourcing and that makes it far easier to guarantee the quality of the services we offer. The team is well used to dealing with all types of developments and a wide range of clients - from residential to commercial, private to public – and listed buildings represent a particular speciality.

Areas of Expertise

  • Refurbishment and conversion
  • Contract administration and project management
  • Stock condition surveys and Planned Preventative Maintenance
  • Change of use / permitted development
  • Defect analysis
  • Party wall and licence matters
  • Conservation and heritage
  • Dilapidations
  • Schedule of conditions
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Home surveys

How can we help?

Please contact Gary for more details of our Building Surveying Service.

Gary Wreford

BSc MRICS

Managing Associate


Gary joined Silver in July 2013. He has nearly 25 years' experience in the construction industry, starting as a building surveyor.  Gary has worked, for the past fifteen, as employer's agent/project manager on a mixture of refurbishment and new-build projects as well as large, multi-phased regeneration schemes.

“Silver is a forward-looking company that’s always looking for way to do things better, for its people and its clients. The mix of skills and the willingness of the people to help each other and share their knowledge makes it the best place I know for problem solving. It all adds up to an ethos that really works. And clients welcome it. I know because they tell me so, and they keep on coming back.”

Some Related projects

Whole Property Appraisal

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Building Surveying

Our Building Surveying Team regularly undertakes surveys of properties deemed to be underperforming. They may have issues with the fabric or thermal efficiency, have been poorly maintained or lack survey information. Our reports can help the client decide whether to commit to long-term expenditure in the property or to dispose of it.

We provide information and advice on:

  • Stock condition.
  • Backlogs in maintenance and how to address them.
  • Energy efficiency upgrades that are sympathetic to the property and will improve the quality of life for the occupants. This might include assessing the impact of wall insulation on condensation and ventilation and suggesting measures to improve the building’s EPC position.
  • Planning future maintenance.
  • Housing health & safety ratings.
  • Decent Homes Standard.
  • Locality reviews.
  • Occupant assessment, including comfort.

 All information is provided and collated in a format that is easily uploaded to the client’s existing CAFM systems.

Hammersmith & Fulham Town Hall, Grade II Listed

Client: Hammersmith & Fulham Council
Service: Building Surveying

The proposed redevelopment of the west side of King Street will breathe new life into this area of Hammersmith. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have been commissioned to work up this complex scheme and Silver was appointed to conduct a survey of the Grade II listed Hammersmith & Fulham Town Hall.

We were appointed to undertake a internal and external fabric condition survey of the 1930s listed building.

Rectory Chambers, Chelsea, Residential Refurbishment

Client: Managing Agent

Service: Building Surveying

Our brief was for the refurbishment of exterior and common parts of this block of flats within a Victorian warehouse. We provided contract administration for all internal and external re-decorations, as well as advice and oversight of stone lintel repairs, roof condition appraisal and refurbishment.

Commercial Road E14, Commercial to Residential

Client: A2Dominion Group
Service: Building Surveying 

This conversion project involved the creation of nine residential apartments from existing commercial floor space, including necessary alterations to the building’s façades at street level.

We undertook the initial feasibility with our design team to provide an optimum residential layout within a commercial footprint. Following this we managed the planning process and appointed a contractor to undertake the works to meet the required standards of our client.

Victorian Mansion, Listed Building Conversion

Client: Private
Service: Building Surveying

This high-end refurbishment project returned a Victorian mansion in London’s Bayswater to its original condition as a single, luxury dwelling. The building had previously been converted into four separate flats.

We have provided advice on the refurbishment of various parts of the listed building, specifically addressing issues of damp/rot and sympathetic energy performance upgrades. We have produced specification documents, tendered and managed the scheme on site with specific liaison with heritage consultants and the listed building officer.

Purchase and Repair Programmes

Clients: London Borough of Ealing/Notting Hill Housing
Services: Building Surveying

Our Building Surveying Team assists public sector clients in supplementing their housing stock. They identify suitable properties, assess remedial strategies, implement works required and manage contractors.

Once our RICS-registered valuer has identified a property, we will produce a survey report on its condition, with specific attention to Decent Home Standards. The report will include a floor plan and an estimate of works required to meet an agreed letting standard. The calculation of costs is based on a rates schedule previously agreed with the client and their term contractor.  We will also commission asbestos and EPC surveys from our supply chain partners.

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