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With over 30 years experience as a Damp & Timber surveyor, Neil is recognised as one of the UK's most experienced Specialist Surveyors.
Most of my career has been spent investigating and providing solutions to damp related issues in buildings ranging from stately homes through to two up two down terraced houses. The size and stature of the property are unimportant. It is the people that occupy them that are important. They rely on professional advice to provide a realistic and honest solution to the problems that they are experiencing. I have always strived to ensure that I deliver a personal, professional, and honest opinion when carrying out a survey.
As a result of my experience within the industry, I have been fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to share some of the knowledge I have gained via numerous seminars and training programmes delivered to a range of professionals such as Architects, Building Surveyors, and Building Engineers and more recently via the Property Care Association (PCA) Apprenticeship Scheme. I took up the position of Head Trainer for the Apprenticeship Scheme in March 2016.
I have carried out over 35,000 surveys to date. The range of properties has been diverse in the extreme. I have worked on numerous castles, stately homes, public buildings, one-bedroom flats and even a lighthouse. The experience that I have gained from each has been invaluable. The knowledge that I have gained via working with a diverse range of professionals has also been extremely beneficial.
I believe that customers choose to appoint me because of my reputation as a consummate professional who values integrity and honesty backed up by solid experience and qualifications whilst being able to provide a very personal service in a friendly and approachable manner.
As an independent surveyor, I have no vested interest in leading clients to undertake any work, so will always advise on situations at face value.
Started career as an Apprentice bricklayer completing apprenticeship in 1982 achieving City and Guilds Certificate.
Achieved advanced craft certificate.
Studied at Newcastle College (night classes) and completed an HNC in Building Technology. Employed by a national Preservation company as a Remedial surveyor.
Went self-employed and formed Marsden Preservation originally as a sole trader. Marsden Preservation incorporated in 1997-served as Managing Director until 2012.
Achieved Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (C.S.R.T) Qualification. Sat all three modules consecutively over 2 days-Letter received from the chief examiner stating that this was the first time anyone had attempted this in the history of the exams. Passed with the highest marks ever recorded. Awarded Candidate of the year award.
Achieved Certified Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (C.S.S.W) Qualification. Again awarded the student of the year award.
Employed by the BBC as a consultant surveyor and featured in a documentary on the ‘Inside out’ series. Investigating rogue landlords.
Managing Director of Damp and Timber Consultants LTD until 2016.
Employed by the BBC as a consultant surveyor and again featured in a documentary on the ‘Inside out’ series. Investigating poor accommodation used to house refugees and asylum seekers.
Employed by channel 4 as a consultant surveyor and featured in a documentary investigating the effects on occupiers health resulting from condensation/black spot mould.
Appointed a PCA marker for the CSRT exams.
Appointed a PCA examiner for the CSRT exams.
Appointed head of the PCA Technicians Apprenticeship Scheme supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (C.I.T.B).
Appointed as a PCA Regional Support Officer (ensuring compliance within PCA registered companies).
Appointed Lead Trainer for the PCA Technicians Training Course
Appointed lead trainer for the Property Care Association Qualified Technician (PCAQT) course and qualification
Appointed lead trainer for the PCA Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship
Surveys carried out by Neil to date
I very recently carried out a survey on a property in which the clients had been led to believe that they had a significant rising damp problem which was affecting many of the internal structural walls on the ground floor level. When the base of the internal structural…