A dynamic new building consultancy for our changing times

Fourth Wall Building Consultancy is Northern England’s fast-growing, successful new Chartered Building Surveyors bringing modern ideas to a changing property market. From a lockdown idea to a thriving building consultancy, Fourth Wall Building Consultancy is celebrating its first full year of business, buoyed by the booming property market and a dynamic business model.

Co-founder Josh Weston spent years working in corporate surveying firms before creating a business of his own. “Offering something new is essential to thrive in an incredibly busy property industry. We’re determined to change the way surveying is both done and perceived.

“There’s no shying away from the industry’s roots in traditional practices and archaic ways of working, but it can be modernised, it can be jargon free and it can be personal.”

The past year has seen Fourth Wall work with a range of clients, inspecting 600,000 sq. ft of property in its first year. From investors, landlords and property managers to homebuyers and owners, the company has seen more than 150 instructions across the North of England.

Weston said: “I’ve always been determined to make property accessible to everyone. From a first time home buyer to a seasoned commercial investor, we ensure our clients understand their property and feel confident moving forward.

“We could see there was a gap in the market for a company that puts its clients at the heart of everything it does, offering a personal service and direct, honest advice. I believe our honest approach and bespoke reporting is a key part of a successful first year in business, and will be what drives forward our growth in the coming years.”

Launched in November 2020, Fourth Wall Building Consultancy is a Chartered Building Surveyors offering building surveying and architectural design services to clients in the commercial, residential and industrial property sectors across the North of England.


Regeneration of Wentworth Woodhouse in new heritage report

The restoration, renovation and repair of Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham is featured in Heritage Responds, a new report released ahead of the COP 26 Summit.

The report has been created by heritage coalition, the Historic Environment Forum, to chart how heritage organisations are taking positive action to the response to climate change.

Wentworth Woodhouse is one of 26 of the country’s leading heritage organisations featured.

The Grade I listed Georgian stately home is currently on the Historic England Heritage at Risk register. Its mansion, stables, riding school and Camellia House are now owned by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT).

WWPT took on the regeneration to achieve positive environmental, economic, and social impact in Rotherham and South Yorkshire.

Repairs are being carried out to the highest conservation standards to give the buildings a new 21st century purpose and several adaptations have been made to combat the effects of climate change and seek sustainable energy solutions:

Original roof slates have been recycled and reused where appropriate and those that can no longer be used have been repurposed.

Breathable insulation has been installed in the roofs to reduce carbon emissions.

A re-design of the roof layout to cope with climate change means large reservoirs have been introduced to catch rainfall and manage water flow and capture.

Biodiversity is being tracked and measured.

Heritage Skills training has taken place throughout the programme and is continuing.