Company History


After a head-on motorbike accident in June 2006 Managing Director Colin Bell reassessed his career and when an opportunity for voluntary redundancy came up he took it and set up his own Chartered Building Surveyors and Chartered Building Consultancy Paramount Associates Limited. 
Colin says: “I was proud of my career history which had taken me from a trade background, then through local authority, private sector and housing association roles.  I knew when I started Paramount Associates that I could take this experience and offer expertise, professionalism and diversity to potential clients without being ‘stiff-shirted’ in my approach.”


We are a family practice, Colin employs his Sister Jan Boughen who manages the administration and back office roles; “we have built up a good long term client base of business referrers and private clients who continue to take advantage of the range of professional services we offer”.


About Colin Bell Managing Director


The son of a Miner, born in Wallsend and living in Northumberland, Colin started his career as a Joiner until the age of 24, but luckily he’d also got the bug for education and had been studying alongside his role at Newcastle College and Northumbria University part time.


As he studied hard he worked his way up first in Local Authority, then the Private Sector, then onto a large Social Landlord Gentoo, ending up as Head of Technical Services before leaving and setting up Paramount Associates Limited.


Colin has over 30 years’ experience in the operations, procurement and management of surveying, building and maintenance in both the public and private sectors.


Colin was inaugurated as National President of The Association of Building Engineers in 2011 and stated: “I was honoured to have been inaugurated as President of the ABE.  It is a prestigious organisation where members in the built environment and building maintenance fields get together, to further develop their professional standards and most importantly of all to provide professional networking opportunities to share innovation and best practice amongst members”.


“During my year as president it was particularly enjoyable to speak to ABE members around the UK and Ireland; it was also a pleasure and honour to attend the Queens garden party at Buckingham Palace in 2012”.


Qualifications and credentials


Colin Bell has a BSc Honours degree in Building Surveying and is a Corporate Fellow of the Association of Building Engineers (ABE); a Corporate Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), a Corporate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a Corporate Member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors (FPWS).


Paramount Associates Limited are Regulated by both RICS and CIOB.


Paramount clients and typical business referrers


  • Estate agents, Mortgage Advisors & Solicitors
  • Local authorities, Housing associations, Insurance companies
  • Home Buyers and Business Owners


We also receive many survey instructions direct from the public and repeat clients.