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We Provide Quality Building Surveys in Oxford and Oxford House Surveys.

Woodward Chartered Surveyors provide services from our RICS team to the Oxford and surrounding areas including Abingdon, Botley, Charlbury, Eynsham, Standlake, Wheatley, Woodstock and Witney.

Oxford Property Survey Types

Oxford Building Survey

Oxford Home Buyer Survey

Oxford Party Wall Survey

Oxford Structural Survey

 

Oxford is a city and the county town to Oxfordshire. Sitting on the River Thames, Oxford was used as an old port, on a part of the river called The Isis. It boasts one of the most historic skylines in England, pouring with some of the most beautiful English architecture in the country. Burford Cotswold Stone

Dubbed “the city of dreaming spires” by poet Matthew Arnold, Oxford claims architectural styles dating back to the Saxons. Oxford has many wonders, one of which being the Radcliffe Camera built in 1749 is a great example of English Palladian style that is abundant throughout the city. Oxford is famous for Oxford University, but has had other sources of industry; car manufacturing, publishing, science and technology, brewing, bellfounding and shopping. The diversity in economy gives rise to building types through various stages of town planning. Oxford certainly remains a cultural centre of the UK.

In the 11th century Oxford was a military stronghold however was heavily damaged during the Norman Invasion of 1066. After the invasion Oxford Castle was erected, this is still retained as a national treasure. Recordings of the University is first mentioned in 12th century and development of the city has seen growth ever since. Many of key buildings were designed by notable such as Henry T. Hare, but more recently there has been significant urban redevelopment in Westgate proposed by the city council. Therefore Oxford contains a large variety of preserved historic buildings as well as modern developments.

Burford HouseSurrounding Oxford are a number of small towns and villages full of Cotswold charm.  For instsnce Woodstock, the home of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Buildings range from Medieval and Tudor to 1960’s and present-day constructions using varying building techniques. The town centre comprises of traditional constructions that still retain its old market town atmosphere.

Typical defects affecting properties in Oxford and surrounding area

Damp
Damage caused by modern waterproofing systems
Rot in concealed timber lintelsHeader Brickwork
Use of cement pointing in historic buildings
Damages from plastic paints and cement renders
Overloading timber floor beams
Use of Snapped Headers
Failed coursing beams
Rotten timber
Cracking around bay windows
Lead pipework
Ageing electrical services
Poorly replaced roof coverings
Spalling brick and stonework
Defective windows
Pooling in flat roofs
Structural cracks from extensions and conversions
Chimneys not correctly capped and ventilated
Cruck and box-frame failure
Inadequate cross bonding in stone walls
Mortar failure

These are but some defects that may be encountered. Surveys from Woodward Chartered Surveyors will provide professional advice to deal with problems you may encounter.  

Also in the Oxford area we cover Charlbury, Bicester, Kidlington, Headington, Witney, Burford and Chipping Norton.  If your village or town around Oxford is not listed, but is within 30 minutes drive of Summertown, this is also covered by our Chartered Surveyor Michael Weaver FRICS Dip DEA.

Woodward Chartered Surveyors Oxford provides a wide range of surveys and services on our website. If you have any queries simply use LIVE CHAT, FREE ADVICE, or CALL on 020 8423 4001.