We have appointed a new associate surveyor

We have appointed a new associate to strengthen the team and bring new expertise. David Hollingsworth is an experienced chartered building surveyor who specialises in party wall disputes, insurance assessment and reinstatement, and contract administration.

A RICS chartered surveyor since 2003, David is also a member of the RICS Expert Witness Accreditation Service and is often appointed to provide expert evidence to the court in construction and property related disputes. He will be based in our Chester office, but will also be available to provide expertise to clients serviced by the London and Birmingham teams.


The appointment comes as part of our growth plan for the coming year. With profit up more than 13 per cent - over the target 10 per cent - an increase in instructions and a growing workload, we are expanding with another three surveyors set to be recruited in the next 18 months.

Andy Williams said David would be a great asset for the team. He said: "Our growth strategy involves expanding upon the services that we offer to include expert witness services for solicitors where there are disputes with building contracts, and diversifying our insurance work for assessing claims, implementing repairs following fires or damage, and assessment of rebuilding costs for individual sites and portfolios.

"As we continue to secure significant numbers of new instructions from investment funds, asset managers and occupiers, we were particularly looking for an experienced surveyor to help strengthen the existing team.

"In David we have been fortunate to find someone who has the broad expertise to do just that while also bringing something new to the practice which allows us to offer these additional services. His experience of working with loss adjusters and solicitors with regard to providing insurance and expert witness services will be a vital part of the firm's expansion and we're looking forward to introducing him to our professional colleagues in these industries."

David joins the firm from The Vinden Partnership in Nottingham where he was a managing building surveyor for seven years, overseeing in particular insurance claims, contract administration and party wall surveying. Prior to that David worked at Church Lukas and Leicester City Council. Relocating to Chester from Nottingham with his wife and three children, David is looking forward to getting started.

He said: "Powell Williams has an excellent reputation for providing a consistently high quality service with integrity. There are some fantastic projects with high profile clients which I am looking forward to getting involved with and hope to help not only with the existing workload but also to bring additional instructions.

"I'm particularly interested in being part of a company that focuses on building surveying and project management at its core, and it's gratifying that my specialist expertise is valued and the partners are providing me with an opportunity to directly contribute to the firm's future growth."

Contact David Hollingsworth on 01244 319 046 or email

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