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Sam is an RICS chartered, North Devon building surveyor, offering listed and non-listed building surveys and architectural design services.

​My 1970s Torridge & North Devon upbringing, in the company of my Architect father, inspired in me an early appreciation of the local rural and vernacular building traditions. James Ravilious's work, which captures this period in time, was and still remains a huge influence of mine.

I began my education at a tiny primary school in the village of West Putford before advancing to the seemingly edgy and hectic comprehensive located in nearby Bideford. In 1996, under the stewardship of the pioneering building conservationists; John Ashurst, Bruce Induni and Caroline Ryan, I graduated with a degree in Building Conservation Technology. In 2005 I acquired a post-graduate degree in building surveying from Southbank University, London, and in 2007 qualified as an RICS Chartered building surveyor.
Between 1999 and 2004 I travelled and moved about the country extensively working alongside Engineers and Architects in the UK and Australia.

In 2002 I bought a dilapidated 17th Century Grade II listed North Devon cob, stone and thatch cottage and undertook a hands-on conservation lead repair of the building.

​In 2004 I joined London based engineering firm AKSWard / Lister Beare, establishing a position within the firm’s specialist conservation division under Director, Micheal Beare. Here I was to lead a number of large commercial conservation projects including the repair and cleaning of the former Dickins and Jones department store on Regent Street, the multi-million pound repair of Oxford Street's Selfridges and the repair of the Granary Building at Kings Cross, as well as numerous other projects  across the country.

Between 2007 and 2011 I sat on the Building Limes Forum Committee assuming the role of Newsletter Editor and in 2007 assisted in the organization of the 2007 Building Limes Forum Conference at the Greenwich Navel College.

In 2010 I returned to North Devon, setting up as sole practitioner, offering surveying and architectural design services. One of my early projects, 12 Bude Street, Appledore, involving the conservation and enlargement of an existing 17th century Grade II listed townhouse, went on to win an award at the RICS 2014 South West Awards. 
In 2015 I became an RICS Conservation Accredited Building Surveyor, one of only 113 worldwide, and shortly after was accepted as an Exeter Diocese Approved Quinquennial Church Inspector.

2014 - 12 Bude Street - Appledore, North Devon - Residential Category - RICS 2014 South West Awards
2017 - 9 High Street, Great Torrington, North Devon - Restoration of a Historic Building or Structure - Devon Historic Buildings Trust

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 
Building Limes Forum (BLF)
Devon Building Group
​Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
Vernacular Building Group 

Career History:
2017 - Approved Diocese of Truro Quinquennial Church Inspector
2015 - Approved Exeter Diocese Quinquennial Church Inspector
2015 - RICS Conservation Accredited
2010 - Building Conservation Services (Present)
2007 - 2011 - Editor of Building Limes Forum New Letter
2007 - Chartered MRICS
2004 – 2010 - AKS Ward / Lister Beare (Engineers & Surveyors), London.
2003 – 2004 - Camden Consultancy Services (Structures and Bridges), Camden Borough Council, London.
2002 – 2003 - Restoration and refurbishment of 17th Century Grade II listed cob and thatch cottage in Devon.
2002 - Walsh Associates (Engineers), London.
2001 – 2002 - Medlock Communications Ltd, West Sussex.
1999 – 2012 - Two years travelling inc. 12 months working for Egis, CHM2HILL & GHD / Long Mac in Sydney, Australia.
1998 – 1999 - Satzuma CAD Consultants, Brighton.
1997 – 1998 - Paul Benham Partners (Engineers), Brighton.

Example Project Experience:
Barn conversion and new build, detached private country residence: planning, detail design and building regulation approval for a new detached dwelling incorporating super insulated construction, solar panels, ground source heat pump, under-floor heating, whole house ventilation and solar shading.

Project Value: 500-600k
Construction Term: 2017 - ongoing
Client: Private Client

Grade II* listed farmhouse: Detail design, obtaining planning and building regulation approval for the conservation repair and extension of a Grade II* listed farmhouse

Project Value: £50k - £100k
Construction Term: 2016 - ongoing
Client: Private Client
Conservation repair of Grade II listed former printing press: Detail design, obtaining planning and Heritage Lottery funded application for conservation repair to large historic commercial property located with the Tamer Valley and Tavistock World Heritage Site.

Project Value: £50k - £100k
Construction Term: 2016 - ongoing
Client: Kingdon House Community Association
Mike Wye Training Centre: Detail design, obtaining planning and building regulation approval for a new build training centre building, incorporating green technology building materials, including sedum roof, straw bale walls, foam glass insulated concrete floor slab and insulated render.

Project Value: 150k
Construction Term: 2015 -16
Client: Mike Wye & Associates
Single storey residential dwelling: Detail design, obtaining planning and building regulation approval for a new dwelling incorporating super insulated construction, solar panels and modern open plan living.
Project Value: 175k
Construction Term: 2014 -15
Client: Private Client

New build, detached farmhouse: Detail design, obtaining planning and building regulation approval for a new detached dwelling incorporating super insulated construction, solar panels, air source heat pump, under-floor heating and modern open plan living.
Project Value: 250k
Construction Term: 2013 -14
Client: Private Client 

12 Bude Street, Appledore, Devon: Refurbishment of existing grade II listed town house and extension in glass and steel including planning applications, building regulation submission, party wall awards and contract management.

Project Value: 350k
Construction Term: 2011 - 2012
Client: Private Client
Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, East Sussex: Repair of a Grade II* Listed Chapel timber framed oak and lead cupolas. Core duties: surveying and recording of defects; production of the Preliminaries, Specification, schedule of works and drawing work.

Project Value: 50k (estimate)
Construction term: 2009 - 2010
Client: Tuffin Ferraby Taylor

Selfridges, Oxford St. London: Lead Consultant overseeing façade repairs & strengthening works to Grade II listed flagship store. Core duties: management of design team; analysis of defects; production of the Specification and design of repairs; Contract Management; consultation with Conservation Officer and Building Control.

Project Value: 8m
Construction term: 2008 - 2009
Client: Selfridges

The Granary Building, Kings Cross, London: Overseeing the conservation of all structural masonry works. Core duties: Analysis of defective stone and brickwork including corroding iron cramps and WW2 bomb damage; production of the Specification, schedule of works, and drawings; supervision of the Contractor and liaison between Client, English Heritage and the Conservation Officer.

Project Value: 300k 
Construction term: 2008 - 2010
Client: Argent Estates Ltd

Dickins and Jones Department Store, Regent Street, London: Specifying the repair and conservation of the Portland stone façades. Core duties: Surveying, defect analysis, Specification and design of repairs, including the treatment of ‘Regent Street Disease’ and installing new lead weathering's; production of Contract documents and management of the first stage tender process.

Project Value: 2m
Construction term: 2006 - 2009
Client: Shearer Property Group

Morgan Arcade, Cardiff: Repairs & access to a range of Listed 19th Century buildings. Core Duties: Defect analysis and specification of repairs; producing Contract Documents including Preliminaries and drawings; managing the Tender process; appointing Contractors; obtaining Planning and Building Regulation approvals and general Contract Administration.

Project Value: 50k
Construction term: 2005 - ongoing
Client: Helical Bar Ltd


Devon Historic Building Trust Awards 2017 - Winner - Restoration of a Historic Building or Structure Award - For 9 High Street Great Torrington, Devon.