Our Somerset office started life in 1992 and was originally based in Prioryfield Road in Taunton. It moved in 2002 to an office in East Street where it is now adjoining Bradleys estate agency offices.
Our surveyor covering Somerset, and based in East Street, is Andrew Turner MRICS, ably assisted by Deborah Watson. When Andrew is away Tom Davies FRICS takes over the reins. A not too arduous task covering areas like the Somerset levels, Quantocks and Blackdowns, and the well-known and stunning hills of the Exmoor National Park.
Somerset is a large area but our surveyors have vast experience and knowledge throughout the county. This includes towns along the north coast such as Minehead, Watchet, Highbridge and Burnham on Sea. Wellington, the County town of Taunton, Bridgwater and North Petherton along the spine of the M5 are also covered. Deep into Somerset around the Somerset levels are the likes of Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Somerton and Langport, with Ilminster and Wincanton off the A303 and Chard, Crewkerne and Yeovil along the southern boundary ensuring Andrew has plenty to occupy his working days.
Like many areas, Somerset certainly has its own individual characteristics. The flooding of the Somerset levels has been a newsworthy story on many occasions. The area benefits from different types of local stone used for centuries in the construction of houses. Particularly well known are the lovely blue lias stone, as well as the beautiful golden Ham stone seen in many villages like Martock, the Sub Hamdons and probably best represented in the National Trust village of Montacute.
It is essential in our job to have a good working knowledge of the local area. Both Andrew and Deborah are natives of and know most of the ins and outs of the towns and villages in Somerset.
Andrew Turner is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked in the Taunton office since it opened in 2002 and has over 25 years experience. He has covered the whole County of Somerset during his 25 years. Initially he began his career in the public sector, gaining experience on commercial and public sector property and being involved with asset valuations, rating, compulsory purchase and compensation, valuations for acquisitions, disposals and general property management.
In 2002 he moved to the private sector, joining Bradleys where he has developed expertise in Building Surveys, RICS Homebuyer Reports and valuations for a wide variety of purposes such as for mortgage, probate, court purposes in particular divorce proceedings and acquisitions/disposals. Andrew has lived on Exmoor all his life and can trace his family back over 200 years on the same farm. His local knowledge of the Exmoor area and property market is especially useful when working in that part of the County. Andrew still lives on Exmoor with his wife and 2 children and his main interests include sport and photography.
Andrew is assisted by Debbie who has worked in the Taunton office since 2005. Debbie lives in Somerset with her husband and two teenage boys and enjoys gardening and DIY.