It is important for you to know who you are dealing with and this is never more important than with a property survey. You need to know that both of our Surveyors are fully qualified but more importantly have a vast amount of experience meaning we are more than capable of dealing with your requirement.
Having come from a background where my father was a general foreman with the Bovis Group (now P & O), it was a natural progression for me to become a building surveyor, the training to which I commenced 35 years ago. I consider myself competent in my profession, suitably qualified and able to achieve the task in hand.
I was elected as an Associate Member of the RICS in 1981 and subsequently became a Fellow in 1991. In the intervening period I also embarked upon a post graduate Diploma in Project Management.
Between 1974 and 1981 I worked, firstly, for a small private practice in south-east London, learning the art of conversion of existing properties, building contracts and general supervision and then at a west London practice, Hunter and Partners, in Kensington and Knightsbridge. Not only did I gain my intermediate qualifications in this period, but became experienced in project management, supervision and general control of contracts and projects.
Between 1981 and 1983 I worked for a south-east London firm, Kennedy and Partners where, as a qualified surveyor, I was the senior surveyor in the practice with six further surveyors under my management.
I have been in private practice since 1983 to the present day, running my own practice initially as an individual, before it became a partnership with Paul Hill in 1988, and in more recent years a limited company to which I was a director. During what spare time I have, I enjoy house renovation and DIY with projects in several countries, including Spain, France and Canada, as well as in England.
Chartered Valuation Surveyor.
Training and Qualification
1962-66 - Training with Levens chartered surveyors in Beckenham while studying at the College of Estate Management in the evenings.
1966 - Qualified as a chartered auctioneer and estate agent.
1970 - Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
1977 - Elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
1966 to date - Continuous professional development in compliance with RICS recommendations with an emphasis on residential general practice.
1962-68 - Working for Levens chartered surveyors in Beckenham and West Wickham.
1968-75 - Joined Hampton & Sons in Bromley, progressing to branch manager.
1975-85 - Bought the branch from Hampton & Sons and entered into partnership with John P. Dickins in Croydon adding a West Wickham branch in 1980.
1985-88 - Merged with Alan de Maid, setting up and running their professional department.
1988-2008 - On the sale of Alan de Maid to the TSB, set up Peter Leigh Professional in Catford.
2008 to date - Transferred clients to Michael Charles Profession, later Bernard Pett Surveying and continued working part time on a consultancy basis.
Areas of Expertise
Residential surveys and valuations of all types of property in the south and south-east London areas including: