Paramount Associates Limited are Chartered Building Surveyors and Chartered Building Consultants regulated by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); we provide quality professional services to the North East residential and commercial property market.


The following case studies are an example of projects and services we successfully deliver to our broad client base of satisfied customers. Many of whom continue to give us repeat business.


Case Study 1


Provision of Residential Homebuyer Surveys, Building Surveys and Energy Performance Certificates through a range of Estate Agents for customers across the North of England.


Introduction and background


Our Homebuyer and Building Survey products provide key information needed by buyers; we are unique in that our more detailed Building Surveys provide buyers with costs for defects we identify during the survey. This gives them peace of mind in their decision to proceed, negotiate down or withdraw from the purchase.


The cost of our surveys is often more than covered in price reductions the buyer is able to negotiate, based on the contents of our report.


Paramount have been involved in the Energy Performance Certificate initiative since 2001, we were actively involved in the Government’s pilot scheme and are among the most experienced providers in the country.


We have worked through many estate agents such as:


• Linda Leary
• Gordon Lamb
• Alistair Sundin
• Mike Rogerson
• M & L Estates
• Renown
• Fletcher James
• Thirlwells
• Ben Charles
• Next2buy
• Sarah Mains
• Jan Forster


Testimonial comments from agents:


Linda Leary, Proprietor of Linda Leary Estate Agents


We have been working together with Paramount Associates now for several years; they provide Energy Performance Certificates, Homebuyer Reports, Building Surveys and advise on other property related matters. During that time my confidence in the partnership has grown.  Their staff are highly professional and treat my clients and their property with respect.


They always go the extra mile at a time of stress for our customers, giving excellent customer care. When selling or purchasing a house, Paramount take the time to listen to clients concerns, reassure them and explain any points in the survey or process that may not be clear to a non-professional.


They are a team who, it is obvious, thoroughly enjoy their work. They are a joy to deal with, dealing with our queries quickly and efficiently.


I wish Paramount continued success and I am sure our professional relationship will continue to flourish.




Case Study 2


Social Housing Consultancy – The Gateshead Housing Company


Introduction and background


Decent Homes is a Government target that aims to bring all social rented homes up to a decent standard by 2012.


According to the Government, “A Decent Home is one which is wind and weather tight, warm and has modern facilities.”


In order to meet this standard, properties must:


• Meet the current statutory minimum standard for housing
• Be in a reasonable state of repair
• Have reasonably modern facilities
• Have a reasonable degree of thermal comfort.


TGHC have developed the Gateshead standard. This takes properties up to and beyond the Government’s basic Decent Homes requirements.


The Gateshead Housing Company (TGHC) approached Paramount Associates Limited requesting consultancy support with the delivery of their Decent Homes programme of work to modernise and improve homes for the residents of Gateshead.


Senior staff at TGHC were aware of Paramount’s broad ranging experience, knowledge and expertise of the Social Housing Property Services Sector, and their ability to deliver.


An appropriate rate was agreed and work commenced and was successfully concluded.


Testimonial comment from Mr Stan Barker of The Gateshead Housing Company:


“Paramount were a pleasure to workwith, their high levels of professionalism, operational and strategic expertise as property services consultants have enabled us to successfully accelerate and deliver our programme of Decent Homes improvement works to our customers”


“I’m sure we will continue to use their range of cost effective services for our future consultancy needs”