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.
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.
Surrounding 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.
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.
Damage caused by modern waterproofing systems
Rot in concealed timber lintels
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
Cracking around bay windows
Ageing electrical services
Poorly replaced roof coverings
Spalling brick and stonework
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
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.
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