Property firm toasts hitting new heights

From left, director of operations Sam Rix, managing director William McAndrew, director of surveying London Gareth Pryce and director general practice Ian Lee
From left, director of operations Sam Rix, managing director William McAndrew, director of surveying London Gareth Pryce and director general practice Ian Lee
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A PROPERTY surveying practice that has worked on Buckingham Palace unveiled its new corporate structure at the Gherkin skyscraper.

McAndrew Martin chartered surveyors, architects and engineers, which is based in Dundas Lane, Copnor, held the showcase in the exclusive Searcys private members’ club at the top of the London landmark.

Managing director Bill McAndrew and director of surveying London Gareth Pryce outlined the firm’s multi-disciplinary services and explained the concept behind its new motto – Professional Solutions by Design.

Mr McAndrew said: ‘I have gained a detailed understanding of what clients want over the years.

‘They require someone working closely with them to deal with the issues and opportunities they may have for any particular property or site.

‘Our new strapline identifies exactly how we do this, which is designing solutions that apply specifically to their needs, to ensure they achieve their objectives.

‘It’s an ethos we have taken on board as a company and have developed six separate disciplines within the business all headed by highly experienced senior professionals in their own right.

‘This will allow us to deliver a seamless multi-disciplinary service for any project from beginning to end as well as bespoke solutions to meet client requirements.’

The company’s six disciplines outlined at the showcase were building surveying, project management and contract administration, mechanical and electrical engineering, structural engineering, architecture and general practice.

Mr Pryce added: ‘Our showcase was a tremendously successful event at a fitting venue for a business of the calibre of McAndrew Martin.

‘Our great thanks to all of our staff for their hard work in arranging the event and to the guests who came along to help us celebrate the dawn of a new era as we look forward to an exciting future.’

Guests enjoyed canapés and networking as well as drinks and views from the bar at the tip of the Gherkin.

There was a presentation from director of architecture James Bengree about the ground-breaking design of the Gherkin.

Established in 1989, McAndrew Martin is in the process of opening an office in London.

It has carried out work at the Horse Guards Parade building, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, the Tower of London, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Queen’s Flight, Churchill’s Bunker and the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court.