Sinkholes in St Albans – Don’t Get That Sinking Feeling

In November 2018 a ‘sinkhole’ appeared adjacent to a block of flats in a residential area of St Albans. The first reports of the collapse noted a 6 metre wide hole next to an exterior wall of an apartment building at Cedar Court. The location of the ‘sinkhole’ which was close to one of the walls […]


Lease extensions explained

In England, there are an estimated 3 million flats currently owned on a leasehold basis. The main difference between freehold and leasehold properties is that in a leasehold scenario, you buy the right to occupy the property for a set period of time but do not own the building itself. With freehold, you own the […]


Japanese Knotweed – not such a knotty problem?

Ecologists can find no evidence that Japanese knotweed causes significant structural damage to properties. Automatically refusing mortgages on properties where Japanese knotweed is found is out of proportion to the risk posed by this invasive species, new research has found. Ecologists from global infrastructure services firm AECOM and the University of Leeds have carried out […]


Hamblin Sullivan Associates – Party Wall Surveyors

  We would like to share with you some great shots of a successful project we have been recently involved in as Party Wall Surveyors. If you are looking for a Party Wall surveyor, please email Graham Hamblin at You can also call us on 020 7788 7764 Photography credit: Christopher Pendrich  @ Architects: Seán and Stephen @


New Office in Chelsea – Your Local Building Surveyor

We are thrilled to share our exciting new with you! Hamblin Sullivan Associates open new office in Chelsea. So now we can proudly say that we are your local Chelsea building surveyor as well as in Kensington. Unlike other surveying firms we do not travel outside of our local areas. We strongly believe that the […]


Construction & Engineering Award – Best Building Surveying Company

We are delighted to announce that we have recently won the BUILD Construction & Engineering award of 2018 – the Best Building Surveying Company. Having being recently accepted within the annual Construction & Engineering Awards Program, the judges deemed Hamblin Sullivan Associates successful in being the ‘best building surveying company in London and Home Counties’.  […]


What should we know about buying ex-coucil house in London?

Former local authority housing in the right area is good value now that buy-to-let investors are no longer bidding. Here’s where and how to look. Now that stamp duty hikes and the removal of tax relief on mortgage interest have largely driven buy-to-let investors from the market for ex-local authority homes, the choice for first-time […]


City Quay Translators partners with Hamblin Sullivan Associates

 City Quay Translators, the highest quality translation agency with office in City of London, has announced partnering Hamblin Sullivan Associates (HSA).   Hamblin Sullivan Associates is the leading firm of chartered building surveyors & Engineers with offices in Central London and St Albans.   City Quay Translators will provide professional translation and localisation services to […]

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