Apprentice Party Wall Surveyor (Chartered Building Surveyor)

Stanley & Strong
31 Church Road, Poole, BH14 8UF
£12,000.00 annually
08 Aug 2019
23 Aug 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
You will train as an Apprentice Party Wall Surveyor, to undertake a structured training program of academic study and on-job training in order to gain the required skills and knowledge to support a career in surveying.

A Party Wall Surveyor follows a statutory process set out by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 which owners must follow when undertake certain building works (eg. loft conversions, extensions, basements) that affects their neighbours.

Our office is based in Poole, Dorset, and the majority of our clients are based in London. This role involves regular travel to London to conduct party wall surveys. This will usually be two days a week, every other week, but may be more regular subject to company requirements. There is also an opportunity to conduct party wall surveys around the Poole area.

This role requires you to gain a good understanding of legal processes. You should also have the ability to analyse and question technical documents; from architects' drawings to structural drawings to complex method statements (eg. for basement excavations).

The role supports the Director and his surveying team with all duties relating to party wall surveying; on-site and office-based admin. Due to the statutory nature of party wall surveying, there is usually a long admin trail for each job!

There may be an opportunity to assist in the development and marketing of our party wall surveying software, SurvPal.

Job Specification
  • Preparing quotations for clients and architect referrals
  • Preparing party wall notices to serve on adjoining owners
  • Undertaking schedules of condition (surveys), to record the condition of properties prior to construction works being carried out, and to assess site specific issues
  • Preparing reports following inspections and setting out what is required from the professional team (architect, structural engineer, contractor, etc.)
  • Liaising with other party wall surveyors
  • Advising clients/owners on their rights and obligations throughout the process
  • Ensuring the statutory party wall process is followed to ensure all jobs are on track and nothing is outstanding (a certain amount of chasing surveyors, property owners and architects will be required!)
  • Preparing party wall awards to authorise commencement of works
  • Undertaking inspections on completion of works to check for any damage and compliance to agreed drawings. In the event of damage, preparing reports that specify the extent of damage, setting out a scope of repairs and reviewing tender costs, etc.
  • Using SurvPal to generate relevant documentation
  • Other administrative tasks as required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • IT literate - capable of using Gmail, Microsoft Office and various web-based systems
  • Critical thinking and initiative - for identifying problems and resolving any issues

Personal qualities

  • Attention to detail - an excellent attention todetail and written English (imperative due to the statutory process)
  • Diligent - dedication to learning your trade, willing to put in the effort to build your knowledge and experience
  • Interpersonal skills - confidence to communicate with a range of personalities, face-to-face and over the phone; good telephone manner
  • Quick learner - capable of learning the party wall process and elements of the Party Wall etc Act 1996, and to become familiar with our in-house procedures and systems
  • Team work - following instructions clearly and working as part of a team
  • Time management - meeting deadlines and working to strict schedules and processes

Overall you have strong communication skills, are an excellent team player and can follow processes. You are adaptable, enthusiastic and motivated.

Desired qualifications

  • 112 UCAS points, this can include A levels or BTEC qualifications

Future prospects

  • There is plenty of opportunity for you to grow and develop your career

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