We carry out building surveys and give independent advice in Wessex on:

Building Surveys also known as Structural Surveys, Specific Defects Reports , Building Disputes , Dilapidation Reports , Commercial Building Surveys, Schedule of Condition Surveys, Expert Witness Reports and Engineers Reports



Building Surveyor Wessex


We are independent Building Surveyors in Wessex. 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.

We carry out building surveys and give independent advice in Wessex on:

The Wessex Building Survey, The Wessex House Survey, Property Defects Survey, Building Disputes Survey, The Wessex Dilapidations Survey, The Wessex Residential Building Survey, The Wessex Commercial Building Survey, The Wessex Schedule of Condition Survey.


Building Surveyor in Wessex

Wessex is an area covering the counties of South Glouce stershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset. 1 st Associated 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 to Z Information on Wessex

A: Adventure Wonderland

Visits to Adventure Wonderland, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset is a great place for families where you can have fun on various rides and have a train ride round the grounds. There are shows that are held there throughout the year and events for Christmas and Halloween.


B: Brean

At Brean, Somerset you can enjoy a peaceful horse ride alone or as a group along the beach where you can take in the breath taking views. There are also other great places to horse ride in Wessex and you can find routes which are specially designed.


C: Caryford Fitness and Leisure Centre

The Caryford Fitness and Leisure Centre, Castle Cary, Somerset has great facilities where you can spend time in the gym or take part in a range of organised classes. There is a studio and you can play sports such as basketball, badminton and football.


D: Dorset Heavy Horse Farm

At Dorset Heavy Horse Farm in Verwood, Dorset you can enjoy a wagon ride around the farm where you can spot all the animals which are located on the site. There are workshops for blacksmiths as well as a great café and gift shop.


E: Everyman Theatre

The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Gloucesteshire has a range of shows throughout the year which can be enjoyed. Refreshments are provided and you can visit the bar where you can relax before watching a performance.


F: Forde Abbey and Gardens

The House at Forde Abbey, Dorset is open to walk around where you can see the beautiful saloon and refectory which have appeared in films. The gardens surrounding the House are about 30 acres in total and are where you can see a magnificent waterfall and a range of wildlife.




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G: Golf Courses

There are plenty of Golf courses in Somerset where you can play a luxurious 18 courses followed by relaxing in the Club house where you can get some great refreshments.


H: Hidcote Manor Garden

At Hidcote Manor Garden, Bartrim near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire is a wonderful place to visit and see the kitchen garden where vegetables are picked and used to produce fresh food. You can look around the orchard and can end your trip by seeing the pigs which are situated in the Gardens.


I: Independent Surveyors

If you are looking to move to Wessex 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 Walk Around

There are many great places to walk and fish in Wessex where you can enjoy the breathtaking views.


K: Kemps Country House

At Kemps Country House, East Stoke, Wareham, Dorset the restaurant serves locally produced food all year round which you can enjoy in a lovely atmospheric setting.


L: Lulworth Castle Park

You can walk around the grounds of the Lulworth Castle, Dorset where you can discover the cove and harbour which are surrounding the beautiful Park. The Courtyard and Castle can be hired for special occasions such as weddings where you are encircled by the breathtaking Dorset countryside.



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M: Museum

The Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum in Wiltshire there is a great collection of vehicles on show where you can discover the history of each.


N: Numerous Markets

In Wiltshire there are many markets such as in Bradford-on-Avon where there is a great Farmers market which is open on certain Saturdays each month. The markets offer a range of products which you can purchase from fruit and vegetable to local crafts.


O: Outdoors

St Audries Bay Holiday Club, Minehead, Somerset you can hire a caravan or pitch where you can camp in the beautiful countryside of Somerset.


P: Penguins, Flamingos and Pelicans

At Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire you can discover over 500 birds from penguins to many other birds. There is a play area for children, shop and a cafe where you can enjoy some refreshments after seeing the different birds.


Q: Queen Victoria Inn

The Queen Victoria Inn, Priddy near Wells is a lovely pub located in Somerset where you can enjoy fresh local food in an atmospheric setting. There is a great play area for children outside in the summer and a great bar indoors for the adults.



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R: Relax At The Wilts and Berks Canal

The Wilts and Berks Canal in Wiltshire is a relaxful place to walk where you can enjoy the peacefulness of the countryside and watch the canal barges and riverside activities.


S: Surveyor

We are independent Surveyors carrying out both residential and commercial building surveys regularly in Wessex.  We can help with providing a structural survey on a property you wish to purchase or a Specific Defects Report should you experience issues with your property.  Why not give us a call as we would be delighted to help with any property matters.


T: Tank Museum

The Tank Museum, Bovington Camp, Dorset has a great exhibition showing tanks which date back many years ago. There are opportunities for schools to visit where they can learn the history of the various vehicles on show.


U: Unusual Stonehenge

Stonehenge in Wiltshire is a great monument to visit where you can walk around the stones which have stood there for years. There is an audio tour available which you can enjoy to find out more information about this historic site.


V: Vineyard

The Three Choirs Vineyard in Newent, Gloucestershire is a great place where you can enjoy lovely wine tasting of some local wine.


W: Wilton Shopping Village

At Wilton Shopping Village, Salisbury, Wiltshire there is a great collection of shops where you can buy a range of products from clothes to china. There is a lovely restaurant where you can eat freshly made food whilst looking out into the beautiful countryside.


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X: Xcellent Swannery

The Abbotsbury Swannery, Dorset is where you can see a multitude of swans and other birds and you can see them being feed. There is a fun maze which you can get lost in and the sanctuary serves refreshments which you can enjoy on your visit.


Y: Yearly Carnivals

There are some great Carnivals which are held yearly in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire where there are floats, fireworks and attractions where you can have fun.


Z : Zoo

The Little Zoo, Bradford-On-Avon, Wiltshire is a great place to visit to see a range of exotic animals which are located in the Zoo. Volunteers help at the Zoo to build areas for the animals and raise money to enable the Zoo to house more animals.


Famous people who have resided in Wessex include:

Alan Carr - Comedian

Anna Ford - TV Presenter and Newsreader

Simon Pegg - Actor

Billie Piper - Actress

Keith Floyd - Chef

Jenson Button - Race Car Driver


The Wessex Building Surveyor

We survey buildings in Wessex. 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.

If you are purchasing a property in Wessex please ensure that you have a building survey carried out on the building. A building survey, prepared by a Building Surveyor could literally save you thousands of pounds.

For anyone that has not been to Wessex, look out for the very decorative village signposts throughout Wessex. The survey only needs to uncover one potential problem with the property and the cost of the building survey is more than recovered.


Home Surveyor in Wessex

If you book a building survey in Wessex 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 Wessex for example:

In South Gloucestershire: Adlestrop, is a pretty Cotswold village with golden stone cottages and a thatched village shop, Berkeley, where Berkeley Castle is which has been the home of the Berekley family since the 12 th Century, Cheltenham, famous for its racecourse and notably the National Hunt Festival held in March each year with the Gold Cup Race, Gloucester, where Gloucester Cathedral is the burial place of King Edward II and parts of the Harry Potter films have been filmed in the cloisters of the Cathedral and Winchcombe, which has lots of medieval architecture to admire particularly at St Peter's Church.

In Wiltshire: Amesbury, situated two miles from Stonehenge, Cricklade, known as the first town on the Thames as there is evidence of a Roman road which was built to cross the Thames, Marlborough, which holds a market twice a week, Salisbury, where there are many historical buildings to enjoy including Salisbury's Cathedral Spire, Tisbury, with the magnificent Old Wardour Castle and Wootton Bassett, which David Cameron announced in March 2011 that he would give the town Royal status to recognise their contribution to honour the soldiers killed in war as the corteges have been shown so much respect from the townspeople as they pass through the High Street.

In Somerset: Bath, a beautiful city which of course is famous for the Roman Baths but as property specialists we adore Bath because it has some of the finest architecture in Europe including the Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, Bishop Sutton, Castle Cary, a pretty market town with high quality shops, Dunster, which has a castle and a priory, Portishead, which is an ideal place for a relaxing picnic and taking time out to admire the spectacular views of the Severn Estuary and Gordano Valley and Yeovil, where it is a must to visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

In Dorset: Abbotsbury, which has beautiful 16th century cottages and a fascinating historical background dating back to the Bronze and Iron Age, Bovington, where you can have a great day out at the Tank Museum, Cerne Abbas, which has the largest hill drawing in Britain, Portland, which quarries the famous Portland stone which has been used in many prestigious buildings including the restoration of St Pauls Cathedral and Weymouth, which has a colourful sea front with Regency properties.



Building Surveyor Wessex


Discover more about us and why an  INDEPENDENT BUILDING SURVEY  is so important

We are Independent Surveyors who carry out building surveys in Wessex. 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 Wessex

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 Wessex

We are also Commercial Building Surveyors - still operating in Wessex, we can provide a 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 Building Surveys involve, these are also sometimes known as Structural Surveys or Engineers Reports.



Whilst most of this is written from local knowledge of the area, here are some websites that we think may interest you in the Wessex area, some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them credit for this. We are only human so if there are any amendments or additions or updates we would be pleased to receive your feedback so we can keep our website up to date.





Which National Trust Places of interest are in Wessex

Brownsea Island is a fantastic place to visit where you can take part in a group trail, bird watch and see the range of wildlife which is located in the tranquil countryside.

Dunster Watermill was built in approximately the 18th century which has been restored where you can see the watermill in operation.

At White Mill you can enter the building where you can see the beautiful scenery which is surrounding the mill.

Avebury which is located in Wiltshire is where you can look around the museum and learn the history of this well known stone circle.


Which English Heritage Places of interest are in Wessex

The Old Sarum is a fort in Wiltshire where the cathedral stood once and you can walk around the beautiful landscape.

In Dorset you can walk around the Abbotsbury Abbey remains and after you could visit Portland Castle which is located nearby.

Fiddleford Manor is a lovely medieval house where you can walk around and see the furniture and walls which have been carefully decorated.

The 14th Century Old Wardour Castle is a great place to visit where you can take a tour of the beautiful Castle.


How to get to Wessex

Road links:

There are good road links in the Wessex area including the M4, M5, A36, A39 and A4 for example.


There are great train links from London such as Paddington to Westbury and Taunton

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