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Building surveyor East Anglia

We are Independent Building Surveyors in East Anglia. We provide all types of property advice, with an independent building survey tailored to your individual property needs. Our independent survey reports are far superior to the kind you would receive from your mortgage company. Our surveys include pictures, projected repair costs and general advice on the property.

Our Building Surveyors carry out building surveys and give independent advice in East Anglia on:

East Anglia Building Survey, East Anglia House Survey, Property Defects Survey, Building Disputes Survey, East Anglia Dilapidations Survey, East Anglia Residential Building Survey, East Anglia Commercial Building Survey, East Anglia Schedule of Condition Survey.


Where is East Anglia?

East Anglia is an area covering the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. 1st Associated Surveyors carry out residential building and commercial building surveys in all of these counties. Call us on free phone 0800 298 5424 to get advice from an Independent Surveyor.


A - Z of Information on East Anglia

A: Amazing Hot Air Balloon

In Suffolk and Cambridgeshire there are opportunities to take Hot Air Balloons over the wonderful Countryside where you can see East Anglia from the skies.

One of our Surveyors favourite areas of East Anglia are the Brecks. This stunning varied landscape covers parts of Norfolk and Suffolk and is composed of heathlands, wetlands, forests and dry sand and flint lands. Situated within the Brecklands are the Norfolk market towns of Thetford and Swaffham and also Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk . Our Surveyors have often carried out Building Surveys in these towns and have given advice on issues such as leaking roofs and the dampness caused by them.


B: Bure Valley Railway and Building Surveys

The Bure Valley Railway travels from Aylsham to Wroxham and is the longest steam railway which is located in Norfolk . Train travel starts in April till October where you can take daily rides travelling through the lovely countryside.

Or why not take a train ride on the MNR (Mid-Norfolk-Railway). This is now a heritage railway with steam and diesel trains which run between Dereham and Wymondham. Wymondhams mainline train Station is also worth a visit and has previously won the Anglia Station in Bloom competition. There is also a themed bistro in the station with part of it designed as a train carriage. Over the years our surveyors have carried out Commercial Building Surveys on many cafes, bistros and restaurants in the form of Schedules of Condition and Property Reports.


C: Cromer and Surveyors

Cromer at the top right hand peninsular of Norfolk is a traditional seaside resort with lovely sandy beaches and a pier where you can enjoy a show in the Pavilion Theatre.

As Surveyors we were impressed by the grand Victorian and Edwardian properties in the area. The Victorian pier built in 1901 at a cost of £17,000 still survives today despite suffering damage on three occasions.


D: Dunwich in Suffolk and the Delicious Suffolk Food Hall

Dunwich village in Suffolk was historically a busy city and port until coastal erosion swept most of it into the sea. Today some ruins can still be seen such as the leper hospital and the 13 th century Priory. Nearby Dunwich Heath is a wildlife haven, perfect for bird-watching and is protected by the National Trust.

Suffolk Food Hall is two miles from Ipswich and consists of many businesses selling locally produced delicious food. There is a wide range of food on offer such as meat, fresh fish, vegetables and bread that is baked daily from scratch. After you have finished your shopping you can enjoy a bite to eat in the Cookhouse restaurant that overlooks the River Orwell.


E: Ely and Oliver Cromwell's House

Ely is a Cathedral City in Cambridgeshire not far Cambridge. The small city has many attractions including markets, shopping centres, the Jubilee Park and boat trips on the River Great Ouse. Ely also has over 160 listed buildings with over 20 being Grade I listed.

Also situated in Ely is Oliver Cromwell's 16th century house. Here you can take a tour where you can find out about the Civil War and see the rooms as they would have been used during Cromwell's life. The House is open certain months of the year and has a gift shop that you can visit.

We are frequently, as Independent Surveyors and Structural Engineers, asked to conduct Residential and Commercial Building Surveys on Listed properties and properties in Conservation areas.


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F: Fen Drayton Lakes Nature Reserve

Fen Drayton Lakes Nature Reserve is located near the River Great Ouse which makes it a perfect tranquil place to visit where you can regularly see the birds flying over head.


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G: Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is one of Norfolk's busiest seaside locations. Located on the East coast it has miles and miles of sandy beaches and two piers, Wellington and Britannia, both offering entertainment and a host of attractions including amusement arcades, funfairs and theatre shows.


H: Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall was built in the 1750's by Thomas Coke and is a Palladian style Country House located in North Norfolk . It is part of the Holkham Estate. In our line of work as Independent Surveyors we were interested by the architecture of this building.

Holkham Hall is situated just near to the beach with acres of land where you can see the large numbers of deer which inhabit the grounds here. You can visit the Bygones Museum or take a walk around the Walled gardens and at the end of your visit you can enjoy a sit down at the Stables Café or look around the gift shop.

When asked to carry out Residential Building Surveys we are always interested in the size and appearance of gardens which can be a selling point if well maintained and of a good size.


I: Independent Surveyors

If you are looking to move to East Anglia then we would recommend you have a building survey carried out by Independent Surveyors, such as ourselves at 1stAssociated.co.uk. We are independent because we are not affiliated to any banks or building societies and therefore can offer you an unbiased service, offering you an action required for any problems we may find and an approximate cost for any works.


J: Just Visit Hunstanton Beach

In Norfolk lies Hunstanton Beach which is an ideal place to visit and see the cliffs which are unusually red and white coloured as well as spending time at the rock pools.

Hunstanton is located on the West coast of Norfolk and is known locally as Sunny Hunny.


K: Kings Lynn

King Lynn is an ancient port and market town in West Norfolk . The town has many historical and beautiful timber framed properties. The market square area is surrounded by magnificent Georgian buildings and is known as Tuesday marketplace. These buildings and other places of interest including the Custom House, which is now the Tourist Information office built in 1683 out of Ketton Stone, make Kings Lynn one of the county's biggest tourist attractions.

The town also boasts two Guildhalls one of which now houses a museum called ‘The Tales of the Gaol House'. It is located in the Trinity Guildhall and gives an insight into what a 1930's police station was like. It is now a Grade I listed building.


L: Lovely Hoveton Hall Gardens

Hoveton Hall Gardens is located in Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads. It is a great place to visit and see the rare glasshouse which has been restored as well as taking part in discovery trails where you can see the beautiful scenery. The Tea Rooms in Hoveton Hall Gardens prepare freshly made foods where you can relax and then have a tour of the Gardens.


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M: Mildenhall

Mildenhall is a small market town in Suffolk and is best known for the USAF base on the outskirts of the town. However the town itself has many other places of interest to enjoy. There is a Market Cross that was built in the 1400's and period buildings around the market place that date back to the 16 th century. There is a weekly market held here every Friday.

The beautiful 12th century church of St Mary' in Mildenhall has a 112 ft. tower. As Surveyors we have carried out Specific Defect Reports on churches as their roofs can often have problems.

As Independent Surveyors we write our reports in a clear format with sketches and photographs to inform our clients of any property issues in an informative manner which is easy to understand.

One of our roof sketches showing how slates should be fixed to a roof


N: Numerous Museums

There are a lot of Museums located in East Anglia such as the Elizabethan House Museum in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk where you can see Tudor costumes and see what life was like for the Tudors and the Victorians. There is also Norwich Castle Museum where you can view the large art gallery that is on display.


O: Orwell River Cruise

In Ipswich you can catch a Cruise which will take you down the River Orwell where you can take in the beautiful scenery of Suffolk . When travelling on the cruise you can sit on the top deck and relax with an advisor commentating on what is around you.


P: Peterborough Cathedral

In Cambridgeshire Peterborough Cathedral offers guided tours around the lovely Cathedral with its charming Norman architecture. The Cathedral is open daily and the tour will allow you to find out about the history of the Cathedral.


Q: Queens Elizabeth II country residence – Sandringham

Sandringham in West Norfolk is the country home of Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal family spend Christmas at Sandringham every year where they can be seen walking to St Mary Magdalene Church.

If you visit the Sandringham Estate then you can explore the house, gardens and the museum and also the visitor centre and tea room.


R: Relax At Alton Water Park

Alton Water is a great reservoir where you can have fun and take part in water sports such as sailing or walk alongside the reservoir and enjoy a lovely picnic. The reservoir was originally created because of a water shortage in Suffolk in the 1970/1980's.


S: Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary

The sea life sanctuary is based in Hunstanton in Norfolk . The centre rescues and treats sick and injured marine life including seals, otters and penguins. There is also the opportunity to see the animals being fed and to see sharks swimming above you as you walk through the underwater tunnel.


T: Thorpeness – The house in the clouds and windmill

Thorpeness is a small village in Suffolk . Here you will find a couple of unusual and unique properties. The House in the Clouds is actually a former water tower that stored water pumped from Thorpeness Windmill. The tower was disguised in a mock Tudor/Jacobean style to blend in with other properties in the village. The water tower is over 70feet in height and appears to float above the trees hence its name. Today it has been converted into a residential property.

Thorpeness Windmill is now a Grade II listed building and was originally built in 1803 but was then dismantled and moved to Thorpeness and then rebuilt in 1923. It is no longer in use today.


U: Unique Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings are a collection of Old Victorian malt houses located in Snape, Suffolk. There is free entry to Snape Maltings which consists of a number of different shops which sell an array of products. The Tea Shop offers freshly made food and you can take a guided walk or travel down the River Alde. The composer Benjamin Britten had some of the maltings converted into a concert hall in 1967 and as a musical centre for young musicians and this is now a venue used for concerts all year round as part of Aldburgh Music.


V: Vineyards and breweries

Wyken Vineyard is set within a 1200 acre farm in Stanton near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk . The Vineyard has produced award winning wines including the East Anglian Wine of the Year in 2009. The picturesque setting of the vineyard makes this a perfect day out. Explore the formal garden with its roaming peacocks and chickens, have a bite to eat in the cafe or restaurant that features in the Good Food Guide and do some shopping in the gift shop.

Adnams Sole Bay Brewery is located in Southwald in Suffolk and was founded in 1872. The brewery produces a range of casked ales and bottled ales. For an interesting day out why not take a brewery tour where you will find out about the process of beer making and also get to taste some of the produce.

Located in Wisbech in Cambridgshire, Elwoods North Brink Brewery stands on the bank of the River Nene and was one of the earlier Georgian Breweries built outside of London.

Elgood's Brewery is situated in acres of gardens where you can visit the museum to learn about traditional brewing and you can go to the bar where you can try the Ale.


W: Walking

There are a number of different trail routes in East Anglia where you can walk in groups and learn and spot the different wildlife in each area.

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X: Xtreme Racing

Yarmouth Stadium is a popular place for people to visit and take part in stock car racing. There are regular events held in the stadium and it has great facilities with a restaurant, games area and bar.


Y: Yearly Events

There are many Events which are organised each year in East Anglia such as The Town Hall Gallery Exhibitions in Ipswich in Suffolk and High Tide Wader in North Norfolk where you can see thousands of birds leave their roost sites.


Z : Zoo

Banham Zoo in Norfolk is home to over 2000 animals, reptiles and birds including snow leopards, giraffes, tigers and pythons. There is also a Lemur enclosure where visitors to the zoo can walk in amongst the Lemurs. The bird of prey display is fantastic, here you get to see vultures, peregrine falcons and owls flying and performing with their trainers. The Zoo supports conservation projects worldwide.


Famous people who have resided in East Anglia include:

Stephen Hawkin – theoretical physicist

Twiggy, who is a well known model, actress and presenter, is said to have a house is Southwold in Suffolk.

Benjamin Britten, composer

Thomas Gainsborough, painter

Stephen Fry – Actor

Diana Princess of Wales


Which National Trust Places of interest are in East Anglia

In Norfolk

The Blakeney National Nature Reserve is situated in Norfolk where the views of the coast is a great habitat for the wildlife.

Felbrigg Hall is a great place to visit where you can see the different rooms including the Library. The Gardens surrounds the Estate with a lovely ornamental pond.

Oxburgh Hall is a 15th Century Manor House where you can see the amazing views of the moat which surrounds the Manor House and the French style parterre.

Sheringham Park is a perfect place to ride or walk through where you can see the vast diversity of nature and wildlife.

In Suffolk

Ickworth is surrounded with acres of land where you can walk around and take in the beautiful views. There is a great Orangery, Round House Holiday Cottage and the Italianate Gardens.

The Orford Ness National Nature Reserve has a Trail where you can see the amazing views.

Built approximately in the 1600 Thorington Hall is a timber framed house where you can see many interesting features.

In Cambridgeshire

Houghton Mill is one of the oldest watermills on the Great Ouse which offers a number of great activities to take part in if you visit. You can try to Mill the grain, see the history of the wildlife and see the cogs of the Mill.

Georgian Peckover House and Garden is surrounded with wonderful views and the gardens are designed with borders of colourful flowers which can be seen when looking out of the wonderful Venetian Windows.

The Wimpole Estate consists of a mansion with a Georgian style interior and Home Farm which are surrounded by a garden with intricately designed flowers.



Which English Heritage Places of interest are in East Anglia


In Norfolk

Castle Rising Castle is located in Norfolk and was built around 1138 and is a great place to visit and see the beautiful scenery of Norfolk .

Approximately built in the 14th Century Thetford Warren Lodge is free to visit and is open certain times throughout the year.

In Suffolk

Framlingham Castle was built in the 12th Century where you can take a tour around the fortress and take in the beautiful scenery.

Oxford Castle has picturesque views of Orford Ness and was built around the late 1160's to 1170's.

In Cambridgeshire

Denny Abbey and The Farmland Museum has great facilities such as the wonderful Tea Rooms which offers fresh cooked food and you can also see the old farming equipment which used to be used.

Longthorpe Tower in Peterborough stands three storey's high and was built in the 14th Century.



How to get to East Anglia

Road links:

There are excellent road links in the East Anglia region including the M11, A1(M), A11, A47, A12 and A14 for example


Trains to and from London 's Liverpool Street Station leave regularly to the East Anglia region.



East Anglia Building Surveyor

We survey buildings in East Anglia. Our independent surveyors are experienced and qualified and produce high quality surveys including Structural surveys, Building surveys and valuations on both residential and commercial properties. We use surveyors who are experienced with old properties, many having direct hands on experience of working on listed buildings. Equally we understand newer construction, it may look the same to the untrained eye but performs very differently and we would say is built to a price not a quality standard. We also survey buildings that have been altered and extended both with and without planning permission and building regulations. We solve and deal with building disputes and can also help you with your extension and alteration design work.


Home Surveyor in East Anglia

If you book a building survey in East Anglia with 1st Associated Surveyors you will find that we take great pride in the quality of our building survey and produce a very detailed building survey report, whether it be for a residential property or a commercial property. We use plain English in our building surveys to explain any problems with the property to ensure that you understand the problems and how to resolve them.

1st Associated Building Surveyors cover the whole of the UK including all towns and villages in East Anglia for example:

In Norfolk in: Attleborough, has a great Thursday market that has been held in town since 1226, Fakenham, with its16th century flint cobble buildings which our Surveyors have often enjoyed visiting, Heacham, where you can enjoy the aroma of the Lavender Heacham is famous for, Kings Lynn, which boasts two Guildhalls and Wells-next-the-Sea, where there is a miniature steam train which takes you from the harbour to the beach.

In Suffolk in: Felixstowe, there is the Spa Pavilion theatre which is an Art Deco styled building which interested our Surveyors, Ipswich, with its theatres and fine restaurants, Lavenham, which is an medieval towns with hundreds of timber framed buildings and Walberswick, which is famous for its annual British Open Crabbing Championships.

In Cambridgeshire in: Burwell, which is a delightful village including Grade II listed buildings with thatched roofs where our Surveyors carryout many Building Surveys, Ely, has many historic buildings and an attractive shopping area, Peterborough, which has a good selection of shops including Queensgate Shopping Centre, Soham, with its leisure centre and beautiful churches and Wisbech, which is known for its beautiful Georgian buildings.



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We are independent surveyors who carry out building surveys in East Anglia. We are independent of any lender or bank or mortgage company. When we are surveying a property we are working for you, not them. This means we are working towards your best interests. We want to ensure that your property investment is sound and that you are receiving value for money.

Residential Building Surveyors East Anglia

We are independent building surveyors that operate throughout the UK. As building surveyors we are often asked to work on not only a residential building survey but also a boundary walls dispute survey or a specific defects survey if you have a problem with dampness or cracking in your property for example.

Commercial Building Surveyor East Anglia

We are also commercial building surveyors - still operating East Anglia, we can provide schedule of condition survey, property report, dilapidations report and a commercial building survey - our independent building surveyors have the skills and experience to save you money on your commercial building purchase.

Where to get a building survey

We have a wealth of experience in providing Building Surveys to make sure you are buying the right property and providing market Valuations to ensure that you are buying the property at the right price. If you have any particular property problems we can carry out a Specific Defects Report.


Call us today on free phone 0800 298 5424 to discuss the services we offer. We are more than happy to talk about what the Building Surveys involve, these are also sometimes known as Structural Surveys or Engineers Reports.



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