Open for business: our latest coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation plan

Looking after our clients and our team

In line with the latest government guidance, Allcott Commercial is open for business. As of 12 May 2020 we are now booking in surveys for properties in which nobody is isolating or shielding.

We are dedicated to looking after our clients, both by continuing to provide an excellent surveying service and by taking every precaution to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are committed to protecting the health of our clients and our team. The measures that we have put in place are designed to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. We are following the government advice on working in other people’s homes in addition to carrying out our own risk assessments to ensure that we can safely survey properties at the current COVID alert level.

Before your survey

  • At the time of booking, you will be asked if anyone at the inspection property is self-isolating or has any symptoms associated with coronavirus (a fever, a new & persistent cough or flu-like symptoms) or has been asked to shield (i.e. those who are clinically extremely vulnerable).
    • If anyone is isolating or shielding, your survey will be postponed to a later date.
  • You will also be asked if anyone in the property is over 70 or in a high-risk group.
    • In these cases, individual risks will be discussed and measures to mitigate risks will be agreed. These could include vacating the property for the duration of the internal part of the survey, discussing how to avoid close contact with the surveyor if vacating the property is not possible, and making sure all parties have a thorough understanding of what the survey involves and what precautions the surveyor will take.
  • Our staff are self-monitoring daily for any signs or symptoms of coronavirus and will isolate immediately if they have any concerns. In this case, surveys will be rearranged with an alternative surveyor whenever possible, or postponed to a later date.

During your survey

  • Whenever possible, we will ask that properties are vacated for the duration of the survey. The property may be vacant long-term, or could be vacated by the occupiers in line with government guidance.
  • If properties cannot be vacated, occupiers must stay at least 2m from the surveyor at all times. The best way to achieve this is by staying in one designated room for the duration of the survey, then leaving that room when the surveyor needs to inspect it.
  • The surveyor or booking team will confirm whether anyone who lives at the inspection property is shielding, self-isolating, or has any symptoms associated with coronavirus (a fever, a new & persistent cough or flu-like symptoms).
    • If there is deemed to be a risk, the survey will be postponed to a later date.
  • When on site, our surveyors maintain strict personal hygiene, using hand sanitisers, gloves, wipes and soap & water at regular intervals and before and after touching surfaces. Surfaces that are touched are wiped down afterwards to reduce risk still further.
  • We ask that occupiers leave all internal doors open, to minimise the need for surveyors to touch surfaces.
  • Our surveyors have been asked to decline handshakes and maintain a distance of at least 2m from others where feasible.

After your survey

  • We are encouraging everyone to avoid face-to-face meetings whenever possible. This means that we may suggest a phone call or web-based meeting to discuss survey findings, rather than meeting you on site.


We are continuing to monitor the situation and our policy will be updated in line with government recommendations. Any changes will be posted here.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please do give us a call or email us at

David Thomas joins Allcott Commercial and expands the commercial building team

Former Gleeds’ Associate Director joins Allcott Commercial

Former Gleeds’ Associate Director David Thomas joins Allcott Associates – Expands Commercial Building Team

Birmingham UK, 1st October 2015 – Allcott Associates, a leading Midlands’ based Building surveying practice have appointed David Thomas, formerly Associate Director at Gleeds’ Birmingham office, to the position of Associate Partner. David has worked extensively across a broad range of commercial building practice, but specifically in healthcare and education. To find out more, visit

David’s career has taken in time at leading national and international firms including EC Harris, GBR Phoenix Beard, Watts and most recently Gleeds. He brings with him over 12 years experience and will be working alongside Partner, Matthew Baker in the commercial team at Allcott Associates.

Tim Allcott, Partner at Allcott Associates, said:

“Allcott Associates is growing rapidly. We are a specialist building surveying practice, and our clients benefit from that singular focus. David’s experience strengthens the team here at Allcott Associates, and our continued investment in high quality people further demonstrates our belief in excellence of customer delivery.

“The property market nationally is seeing a significant upturn as the economic recovery continues”, commented Thomas, “In the Midlands, the upcoming development of large A-Grade office space in Birmingham and beyond will mean that landlords and tenants alike will need to ensure their commitments are honoured and well managed as businesses move across the city.”

Allcott continued, “Businesses in the Midlands often feel like they have to use very large organisations to get expertise. David’s appointment further underlines our to combine unrivalled building expertise, with the ability to retain real personal service and in depth business understanding.”

West Hall dementia care

Planned Maintenance & Building Survey

Our client instructed us to prepare a Planned Maintenance (PM) Schedule and Building Survey for a new three storey care home building in Portsmouth. The PM was required for budgeting purposes over a 10-year period and included for the upkeep of many elements of the building fabric and services and significant cyclical repairs.

As this was a new building we were able to utilise relevant operations and maintenance manuals to identify the manufacturers of the specific elements and obtain accurate technical advice on their relative life-cycle maintenance needs. This information assisted us in meeting our client’s one-week deadline and the programme has now been fully implemented.

large office block surveyed ready for demolition

Pre-Aquisition Survey

Our client asked us to assess and report on the condition of a large blocks of residential flats in the north of England. In all we inspected over 120 flats and our reports highlighted each property’s condition. This instruction formed part of an overall feasibility study for the redevelopment of the buildings and the repair works highlighted in our reports were prioritised to enable our client to finalise the overall budget for the project.

Within two weeks of instruction we had inspected and issued reports on all of the properties.

Allcott Commercial Nottingham office

New Nottingham Office Opens

Allcott Associates LLP have today opened their new office in Nottingham City Centre to deliver building consultancy services in the City and surrounding areas.