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Building Surveyor in Christchurch

"To find out some interesting facts about Christchurch and places of interest in Christchurch and the surrounding areas you can click on the four boxes below."

To get a quote on a survey in Christchurch, carried out by an Independent Building Surveyor, click on the red 'quick quote' box above.

If you book a survey with 1st Associated you will find that we take great pride in the quality of our survey and produce a very detailed survey report. We use plain English to explain any problems with the property to ensure that you understand the problems and how to resolve them.

We carry out residential structural survey and commercial survey in Christchurch. Christchurch is a town which is situated in Dorset.


Information on Christchurch

Christchurch lies to the east of Bournemouth situated between the River Avon and the River Stour. It is a charming town with a wealth of history dating back to Saxon and Norman times. There are many outstanding buildings in the town particularly around the Priory Quarter and of course the saxon Place Watermill at Christchurch Quay. As surveyors we believe the most outstanding building in Christchurch is the magnificent Christchurch Priory with its stunning architecture. Construction of the Norman Priory started in 1094 on the site of the original church which dated back to around AD700. At over 300ft The Priory is said to be the longest parish church in the country. In the town you can also see the ruins of the 11 th Century Christchurch Castle. Bournemouth Airport is located in Christchurch as is the Bournemouth Aviation museum opposite.

With regards to residential properties, Christchurch has a great selection for all tastes. From the spacious period homes in areas such as Highcliffe, Friars Cliff and Church Street to modern apartments and townhouses in areas such as Quay Road and Mudeford, there really is something for everyone. The surveyors at 1stAssociated.co.uk have vast experience of surveying all types of properties therefore if you require a survey in Christchurch or throughout Dorset we would be pleased to survey your future home for you. We would always recommend a building survey by an independent surveyor rather than a just a mortgage survey. It will give you the peace of mind that we leave no stone unturned and if we do unveil anything serious with the property you will be able to use this information to renegotiate the purchase price.

Christchurch Road

The pedestrianised end of street which goes from being secondary to primary shops. It very much starts off as an estate agents, building society, banks and recruitment agency road from the Dean Park Crescent and Old Christchurch Road roundabout. There is some parking but the majority of it is pedestrianised. There are three and four storey Victorian buildings which have been converted at ground floor level. One arcade is in red brick with bay windows above and Flemish gables. One of the bays is originally two storey in height but many were three or four storey in height. There is also the ornate mouldings over the windows known as pediments that were popular to the early part of the Victorian era to many of the properties. The pedestrianised section has a mixture of shops including an arcade which has been made within a converted Victorian building. It has 1893 on the front of it with the Dalkeith steps going up the side of it. There are arcades on both sides of the street which classify that these are secondary arcades/shopping centres. If you keep your eyes above the retail shops you notice the art deco frontage first and second floor level with the large windows on the metal. There are three metal concaved windows further on. There is the department store very much from the Are you Being Served days, although that is a bit unfair as it has moved with the times. We try to avoid saying shop names in case they go and move or go under like Woolworths however the big shops we are referring to on Christchurch Road are shops similar to House of Fraser and Beales. Again if you look above the glazing the shop windows you will see art deco features to a number of buildings as long as classic architecture features as you drop down into the town of Bournemouth . Gervis Place which is the start of the famous lower garden just below the square which are listed and also of national and historic importance which we believe date back to the 1810 but start to take the format they are in now in the 1850's as Bournemouth became popular as a holiday destination. Don't forget to have a look at the central and upper gardens which are not as popular as the lower gardens (as they are not on the way to the sea). It is also worth having a look at the architecture in the shops along Orchard Walk. The buildings range from modern with the plate glass and the display of glass at eye level and above. There are some buildings with art deco history. It is worth walking right to the end of what we would term as the primary A1 and the A2 zone. If you are interested in what A1 and A2 zones are, they are known as user classes. It is worth walking to the end of Orchard Walk just to see which new start up stores there are. We believe it is known as the triangle and it's near the Bournemouth library.

There is a large 1960's building with an arcade including shops like Marks and Spencers. The secondary arcades are kept open by anchor stores which is quite a normal concept such as TK Maxx, Wilkinsons, Peacocks and Lidl for example. It is worth having a look at Streetview to four and five storey bay windows near the estate agency/building society/banking end of the road near the Dalkeith Arcade. The estate agents are Connells, Fox and Sons, Savills, Goadsby and building societies such as Nationwide, Halifax, Chelsea. Christchurch Road is also the road on the way to the railway station.


Building Survey Christchurch

If you are planning to book a building survey on a property you are purchasing in Christchurch or the surrounding area then we would like to assure you that we always send a suitably qualified and experienced surveyor to carry out the job. This ensures that you get expert advice on any issues that we may find with the property we are surveying. All our surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - RICS - and are Independent Building Surveyors. Being 'independent' means that they are working for you and you alone; they do not work for a mortgage company or an estate agents, so they have your best interests at heart.

All our survey contain lots of images, clearly showing any problems that we have identified at the property such as woodworm, rising damp or cracking to the walls. We also use sketches in our survey which are aimed at helping you to understand how certain areas are constructed or to help show more clearly a problem that we have identified. You will also find lots of definitions of any building terminology that we may use in our survey, as we firmly believe in 'Plain English' and really want you to fully understand what we are saying in the survey report.


Independent Building Surveyor

1st Associated Surveyors cover the whole of the UK including all areas of Dorset for example in:

Abbotsbury which has beautiful 16th century cottages and a fascinating historical background dating back to the Bronze and Iron Age, Boscombe where you can try out Europe's first artificial surf reef, Alderholt, Beaminster, Bere Regis, Blandford Forum, Bournemouth a popular seaside resort with sandy beaches and pier, have a great day out at the Tank Museum at Bovington, Bridport, Broadmayne, Broadway, catch a ferry to Brownsea Island where the first Boy Scouts group was established, Burton Bradstock, Cerne Abbas which has the largest hill drawing in Britain, the Cerne Abbas Giant, Charminster, Charmouth, Chesil Beach a vast 18 miles of Jurassic Coast, Chickerell, Child Okeford / Shillingstone, Christchurch with the magnificent architecture of Christchurch Priory, Corfe Castle with of course the ruins of Corfe Castle, Corfe Mullen, Crossways, Dorchester where Thomas Hardy lived for most of his life, East Lulworth, the pretty village of Easton with wide streets and Swanage stone houses, Ferndown, Gillingham, Hamworthy, the seaside town of Highcliffe on Sea, go fossil hunting on the beaches at Lyme Regis, Poole Harbour which is said to be the second largest natural harbour in the world next to Sydney, Portland which quarries the famous Swanage stone which has been used in many prestigious buildings including the restoration of St Pauls Cathedral, Preston, Puddletown, Sandbanks which reputably has one of the most expensive land values in the world, Gold Hill in Shaftesbury where the famous Hovis bread advert was filmed, Sherborne which has two castles and a 15th century abbey, Stalbridge, St Leonards, St Ives, catch the ferry to Swanage, visit Old Wardour Castle near Tisbury, Upton, Upwey, Verwood, Wareham where you can visit the rescued apes at Monkey World, West Bay, West Knighton, West Lulworth, West Moors, Weymouth.



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We always recommend that people have a building survey carried out by an Independent Surveyor. It is laughable to expect that a mortgage owned / estate agent owned surveyors will give impartial advice. Call an Independent Surveyor on 0800 298 5424 for an impartial survey.

1st Associated provide house survey, commercial survey, engineers reports, property training plus more all carried out by RICS surveyors in Christchurch and the surrounding areas.

Contact us today for a free, no obligation quotation, including building survey, structural survey, homebuyers reports and pre sales reports, for Christchurch and the surrounding towns and villages.

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Whilst a lot of this is written from general knowledge and local knowledge of the area and here are some websites that we think will be of interest to you in the Christchurch area some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them credit for this.

Zoopla.co.uk ; bournemouth.co.uk/; dorchesterdorset.com; theheritagetrail.co.uk; dorchester.co.uk; visitweymouth.co.uk; iknow-dorset.co.uk; lymeregis.org; tankmuseum.org; dorsets.co.uk; vrpool.co.uk; isleofpurbeck.com; nationaltrust.org.uk; cerneabbas.org.uk; dorsets.co.uk; abbotsbury.co.uk; dorset-newforest.com; visitdorset.com;


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