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CHARTERED BUILDING SURVEYOR We are looking for a Chartered Building Surveyor to join our team at the Staffordshire Head Office.  Jonathan Cornes Associates are a Private Practice working on a wide range of Building Surveying disciplines providing professional advice on all aspects of property and construction.  The ideal candidate will be RICS Chartered Building Surveyor with a minimum of one year’s post qualification experience, ideally located in London or the Home counties.   We are looking for people with drive, enthusiasm, commitment and an ambition to succeed. In return we offer an excellent remuneration package including a car allowance, competitive [...]



Dilapidations Overview Dilapidations are part of a legal procedure based on any breaches of covenant in the lease, relating to the condition of the property. The repairs required during or at the end of a commercial lease are referred to as dilapidations and can include repair, redecoration and full reinstatement back to the original layout. Dilapidations are a complex and specialist field. Jonathan Cornes Associates is a firm of chartered building surveyors working with investors, developers and occupiers in both the public and private sectors across the UK. Our team has extensive experience of small and large [...]


Expertly Managed Office Fit Out Interior Design & Implementation

Expertly Managed Office Fit Out Interior Design & Implementation When considering carrying an office fit out or refurbishment of your premises the natural instinct is to consider managing the works yourself in the belief that it will both save you money and ensure your get exactly what you are expecting due to the hands on approach. This may well be the case in an ideal world however below are 10 points that should be considered before managing a project yourself: You may be an expert in your own field of work however do you have the [...]


Commercial Facilities Management Services

Commercial Facilities Management Services Sign up for a 1 year Property Management and we will include a free 5 Year Maintenance Plan if you take up this offer Commercial Maintenance We provide for reactive and planned building facilities management services on commercial offices, industrial estates and corporate tenants nationally with offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Stoke on Trent. Our highly experienced team offer fast responsive and planned maintenance works on all aspects of building, electrical, security and mechanical works. Are you always reacting instead of planning, well stop and [...]


Project Monitoring from Jonathan Cornes Associates (JCA)

Project Monitoring from Jonathan Cornes Associates (JCA) The first choice for an independent project monitor Jonathan Cornes Associates has a team of chartered surveyors working nationally. Our headquarters is located in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and we also have offices in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Our knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing lending criteria for high street commercial lending, bridging finance and mezzanine financiers, makes us the ideal choice of independent project monitor. Financing a development project will always carry some level of risk for the lender. However, thanks to our expertise and years of experience in project monitoring, [...]


Padstow Townhouse

Padstow Townhouse Sweet dreams - Great British Menu chef opens dessert-themed B&B Talented chef Paul Ainsworth has built a credible reputation at Number 6, his Michelin starred restaurant located in the Cornish town of Padstow. One of the country’s finest chefs, Paul has now extended his offering to include accommodation, opening six exquisitely designed suites in a newly renovated Georgian townhouse, just a stone’s throw from his restaurant. As a chef, Paul has quite the pedigree, working for Gordon Ramsey, Gary Rhodes and Marcus Wareing. Most recently, he has appeared as [...]


Architectural Design and Project Management: Renovation adds £400,000 in property value and doubles living space for family

Case study: Residential Project Management Jon and Debra Heylings wanted to unlock the full potential of their house. Like most people considering renovation, they weren’t sure where to begin - or what was possible. The 2-storey, flat-roofed property was nestled in the Staffordshire countryside, with uninterrupted views of the Welsh mountains. Keen to enlarge and enhance their two bedroom, two bathroom home, the couple asked our project managers to help open their eyes to the possibilities. After researching the history of the house, we discovered what was feasible structurally and put a series of ideas forward [...]


Case study: Dilapidations support for landlords

Case study: Dilapidations support for landlords If a property is falling into disrepair then works can be undertaken by the landlord and charged back to the tenant This was a more complicated and lengthier dilapidations process and took over twelve months before it was successfully concluded. Once again, our expertise, professionalism and communication skills were key as, unbeknown to the landlord, much of the property had been mothballed. “ Every dilapidations process is different. That's because people are different, companies are different, stakeholders are different and buildings are different ...” Jonathan Cornes, Managing Director [...]


Case study: Listed Building Schedule of Works for Stoke Council

Case study: Grade II listed building Schedule of Works and specialist Building Inspection for Stoke-on-Trent City Council Project 1: Grade II listed building, Jubilee Hall: Schedule of Works for complex roof repairs A report in January 2013 suggested problems with the roof of Jubilee Hall, Stoke. Leaks had persisted for years with contractors unable to locate the cause in order to isolate and prevent water ingress internally. As to be expected, the roof of this Victorian building was not in the best condition and Stoke-on-Trent Council needed a building survey to identify the cause in order to produce a Schedule of Works for the repairs. [...]


Get your asking price & save time selling your house  

You’ll no doubt want to do everything in your power to get your asking price. Otherwise, you risk leaving money on the table. Selling a house can be stressful but arming yourself with knowledge really helps. We’ve put together our top tips to help move the process along – and improve your chances of getting your asking price. […]