November 2017 Summary: RICS Global Panel, Masonry Walls and Goshawks!

November (2017) has been very busy months for Michael Holden Chartered Surveyors and we have been lucky to recieve some very interesting instructions. Perhaps the most interesting development for the practice this month was Michael being elected onto the RICS Global Panel!

“I am very honoured that members voted for me to represent their interests within our professional body at the RICS Global Governing Council from 2017 repesenting over 100,000 + individuals.  My focus is to raise the levels of support for grassroots membership and that of small and medium enterprises. I am now resolved to work hard for them by giving them a voice.”

Earlier this month Michael was involved in the RICS North West Regional Conference as a guest speaker presenting the topic of ‘Structural moving and cracking’ The RICS North West Regional Conference 2017 key sessions included:

  • Overview of the economic performance and outlook of the North West and the UK as a whole
  • Update on planning law, landlord and tenant practice and recent regulatory change
  • Expert insight on a range of key issues including invasive plant species, flooding risk, housing, ‘build to rent’, and protected species
  • Review of the RICS’ work on international standards.

(Michael Speaking at the RICS North West Regional Conference earlier this month)

Novemeber also proved to be a productive month for graduate surveyor Joe Holden who spent two days at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust as part of his CPD (continued professional development) learning how to repair and care for traditional masonry walls. This was part one of the course and Joe will be returning to Fife in December for three days to complete the second part of the course. We feel it is important that our graduate surveyors engage with both the practical and academic aspects of surveying to continue their development.

(An image Joe took at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust during his course)

November also brought about some interesting ‘animal encounters’. As a cat lover, Residential Surveyor Mark Ruth was pleasantly surprised whilst carrying out a Homebuyer Survey where he encountered four cats that were staring back at him through the window.

(An image Mark took during a Homebuyer Survey)

Another interesting animal encounter this month was made whilst carrying out a Residential Valuation. The surveyor carrying out the survey was warned by the vendor that he may encounter some birds in the rear yard of the property, consequently when he stepped outside the property he was greeted by a couple of fully grown Goshawks!

(An image of a Goshawk taken during a Residential Valuation Inspection)

To conclude, November has been a very interesting month for the practice and we hope this continues into December as we prepare for the New Year. Please see Latest for more interesting devlopments from the practice.

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