Surveying the Unusual Across the North West

For many people, Chartered Surveyors are associated predominantly with house surveys; the professionals to call upon to undertake survey inspection and Valuation Reports when buying a house.

Although this is a big part of our work, it is by no means all that we do.

In fact, many people are very surprised to hear of the wide variety of buildings and properties that we can turn our hand to inspect. From commercial property to agricultural land, retail to education facilities, if you can name it, we’ve probably inspected it!

The type of work we are asked to undertake can also vary widely. Often, we are instructed to provide Valuation Reports for properties in relation to a pending transaction or for insurance purposes. Undertaking a full Condition Survey of a property prior to a sale, lease, or in relation to a dilapidations claim is another common reason for clients to instruct our services.

Conversion and adaptation reports, feasibility studies of sites in relation to development projects, planning applications and project management of works are other services we are commonly asked to provide in relation to non-domestic buildings and properties.

Here is a small selection of some of the more interesting properties we’ve been asked to look at over recent years…

  • Nightclub in Wigan
  • An underground munitions bunker in Lancashire
  • Sports and Social Club with shooting range in Cumbria
  • Boathouse on Lake Esthwaite, Lake District
  • Public toilets in the Ribble Valley
  • Museum in Clitheroe  
  • A former Church in Burnley
  • A guest house in Windermere
  • Former Salvation Army building in Blackburn
  • Former school / college building in Blackburn
  • A Gym in Preston
  • House with workshop and air rifle range at Lea, Preston
  • A dry dock at Barrow
  • An aircraft hangar in East Yorkshire
  • Cabaret club in in Blackpool
  • A golf club in Cheshire
  • Water Tower in Lancaster
  • A Leisure Centre in Lancashire

As well as these individual buildings, we are also instructed to inspect and provide professional advice in relation to: Listed buildings, Schools & Academies, Industrial Buildings, Offices Farms and Rural Buildings, HMO’s, Churches, Parish Halls, Shops, etc.

As the above demonstrates, Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors have extensive experience providing professional advice on properties throughout the North West. Our team possess unrivalled local knowledge and expertise, and can offer the flexibility that businesses and property owners need but that corporates can’t offer.

For more information on any of our property inspections, reports or services, please get in touch.


“We had a Schedule of Condition carried out on a Commercial Property. From vacant possession to our proposed completion date we were really tight on time. Gary managed to carry out the inspection and write a very thorough report in the time needed to ensure we hit our completion date. The price of the report was also extremely competitive. I would recommend Lea Hough to anyone looking for a Professional Surveyors with excellent service & communication at a competitive price.”

Danny Ambler - Fuse Contract Furniture, Blackburn