Profiles of Our Chartered Surveyors in London
Jim Cosgrave spent the early years of his career in the District Surveyors' service, commencing in the City of London and moving on to St Pancras and Westminster. It was during that period that he qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor and passed the examination to obtain the Certificate of Competence to hold the Office of District Surveyor in London (District Surveyors Certificate).
After manning the ramparts of the District Surveyors' service for seven years and in search of more design experience he joined Sir Frederick Snow & Partners, Consultant Civil and Structural Engineers, as a senior engineer, where he worked on a variety of buildings and structures which today make up Gatwick Airport.
His next move, after qualifying as a Chartered Structural Engineer, was a change back to the world of surveying when he joined a general practice firm of Chartered Surveyors, Ferrari Dewe & Co, as the building surveying partner.
He remained there for three years before returning to join Harold Watkinson, his one-time boss, who had in the meantime retired from the office of District Surveyor for St Pancras, to form the practice which still bears their joint names.
Qualification -Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Building Surveying Division)
1969-72 - Prudential Assurance Company Junior Surveyor - Estates Department - Building Surveying Section
1972-74 - Salter Rex & Co Assistant Surveyor
1974-77 - University College London Senior Surveyor - Bursars Department
1977-84 - Watkinson + Cosgrave Senior Surveyor
1984 to date - Watkinson + Cosgrave Partner
Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors May 1974 and became a Fellow in April 1988. The main ambit of work undertaken is:
1. Building Surveys
2. Maintenance Surveys and Costing
3. Measured Surveys
4. Preparation of Specifications of work for refurbishment, alterations and remedial works, and supervising building works to completion.
5. Contract Administration
6. Acting as Building Owners or Adjoining Owners Surveyor in relation to the Party Wall etc Act 1996
7. Expert witness reports and attendance at court.
Peter Sharp has been working at Watkinson + Cosgrave for almost 20 years and now holds the position of Associate.
He is principally involved in dealing with matters further to the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and has 20 years experience in the field. He acts for both Building Owners and Adjoining Owners and has been involved in a wide variety of schemes from substantial housing developments to minor internal alterations of houses. He has acted for both private clients together with a number of Housing Associations and Councils. He also advises on associated boundary matters.
He undertakes surveys of building defects and specifies repairs arising from same as well as designing and supervising residential extensions and refurbishment schemes.
After graduating from the university of Leeds in 2001 Nick began working for Palmer-Page Ltd, a small construction company based in South London. In 2003 he moved on to work for himself and in 2006 he completed his Masters Degree in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath. After a short spell with Martin Associates, A Building Surveying Firm based in South East London, Nick joined Watkinson and Cosgrave in 2007 as an assistant surveyor and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2009.