Hutton + Rostron: Construction Defect Surveyor and Remedial Design Consultant

H+R are seeking experienced construction and design professionals to join our multi-disciplinary team.

H+R are specialist independent building surveyors and Building Pathologists employing professionally qualified individuals from a range of disciplines as building survey and defect investigation staff, allowing a wide knowledge base from multiple disciplines to provide added benefits and value to our clients.  We investigate all manner of building defects and always aim to identify the root cause of problems and provide guidance and recommendations for effective risk management; aimed at preventing future problems and protecting the capital value of the property concerned.

H+R have long standing experience in providing specialist building material condition investigations in historic and period buildings throughout the UK, and the Company was appointed to assist with recovery and reinstatement works after the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992.  Increasingly however, we are asked to investigate problems affecting contemporary buildings and structures, to identify design detailing problems and other failures arising from defective workmanship, specification and site processes.  These projects often include appraisals of innovative materials and forms of construction, to develop an understanding of the risks associated with their use and support the development of remedial design proposals and strategies.

We continue to innovate and pride ourselves on working at the ‘sharp end’ of the industry; providing value added support to the project team. H+R have developed minimally invasive and non- destructive surveying techniques, suitable for high-value new or historic buildings, or properties where disruption of occupancy needs to be minimised. We are always on the lookout for new technology and ideas to develop for the investigation and conservation of historic and contemporary structures.

H+R list many of the major heritage organisations, developers, contractors, insurers and commercial property managers as clients, as well as private owners.  We enjoy an excellent reputation amongst fellow industry professionals such as Architects, Project Managers and Structural Engineers as well as Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland

For further information about the work H+R undertakes please visit our website

  • Job Location – You will be based at our Surrey office outside Guildford but you will work all over the UK and occasionally further afield
  • Hours – Full time – 37.5 hours per week
  • Responsible to – Directors

The post will entail:

  • Carrying out on-site building investigations and analysis utilising a range of techniques
  • Preparing reports with the necessary background research and remedial recommendations, illustrated with photographs, sketch details and CAD plans
  • Providing high quality, professional and timely advice to clients relating to building defects, material condition and performance
  • Attending meetings with clients, their design teams and consultants
  • Following established company procedures and protocols and assisting in the development of new systems to ensure that the company’s quality standards are maintained and enhanced
  • Undertaking personal training and development, as discussed with Directors
  • Ensuring confidentiality at all times in all matters relating to any work or communication with the company and clients

In-house training is provided with the purpose of your becoming swiftly integrated into our multidisciplinary team, with a practical understanding of the roles of your colleagues and our ethos and values.

Other opportunities:

  • Developing an individual specialism in relation to building surveying and defect investigation, in discussion with the Directors as part of a dynamic personal development and incentive plan
  • Internal and external training courses to expand your own knowledge base and to develop your individual skill set
  • Support for personal professional development and qualification pathways
  • Promoting the company through writing articles for journals, newspapers, the company website and other appropriate media

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Varied UK construction experience and proven knowledge of design, procurement, site operations and management processes
  • A professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail
  • Ability to take the initiative in identifying and undertaking work that needs to be carried out
  • Good team working skills and the ability to sel-organise and work independently when needed
  • High standards of written and spoken English

The successful candidate will need to be in good physical health and confident in working on active construction sites, at height from ladders and platforms and in awkward or confined spaces.  They will also hold a full UK driving license.

Preferably, candidates will also:

  • Have a Bachelors or Masters Degree in a field relevant to the construction industry and built environment
  • Have achieved or be working towards Chartered Membership of the ARB, CIOB, RIBA, RICS or other professional institution
  • Have a working knowledge of AutoCAD and Microsoft 365 applications

Applicants with a knowledge of Building Physics, Materials or Environmental Science, Mycology or Entomology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please send your application and CV to James Hutton at

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