Homing in on the UK

Posted by on October 5, 2016

Hunters Surveys – one of the most comprehensive UK wide surveys ever?

Our surveying team have just completed the final on-site residential property assessments of 35,000 units as part of a two-year commission on behalf of Home Group. This extensive project has seen our surveyors as far North as Northumberland and down South as Portsmouth, with thousands of locations in-between. So how did they achieve it?

The key to managing a portfolio of this magnitude and diversity is with a flexible team of surveyors, who are able to react quickly and skilfully to the numerous survey challenges in multiple locations around the UK. The project encompassed bedsits to large listed buildings and substantial blocks of flats. A bespoke survey was designed collaboratively with Home Group, and data collected remotely on an in-house App "Hunters Collect". The intuitive App, validated initial key inputs and photographs before being uploaded via the cloud and stored on secure servers.

The in-house team validated the surveys within our unique database "Hunters collect" and provided regular Quality Assurance spot checks to ensure data was consistent and high quality. The final reported information to Home Group was placed within the client's internal Asset Management System to produce effective business plans, improve and create cost effective capital Works programmes and maintain records of Energy Efficiency.

The Hunters Survey team comprised of 26 Surveyors providing flexible coverage to allow Home Group customers the opportunity to request surveys at convenient times, minimising the need to take time out of work and their daily routines.

As part of our assessment, our surveyors included HHSRS, aids and adaptations, environmental measures, new technology and existing accessibility audits, making this possibly the most comprehensive survey requirement carried out nationwide to date.

Bob Forrest, Associate Director at Hunters said 'This was a collaborative project with our clients and we have developed a really good level of communication between surveyors and the back-up team here in Hammersmith. Our "Hunters Collect" system is a flexible means of Data Capture and fully bespoke to each project, formats are available to meet specific client's requirements and reporting through an industry standard MS Access database – it's a great tool for our clients.'