We simplify what can otherwise be stressful and complicated.

Established in January 2000, our multi disciplinary practice provides a team of Chartered Building Surveyors, Structural Engineers, Chartered Architects and Chartered Building Contractors.

We offer a professional consultancy service to a wide range of public and private sector clients.

From within the organisation, Crawford Higgins Associates can draw upon a wealth of experience to provide a comprehensive service that ensures high standards and individual attention to all our clients.

We pride ourselves in our traditional values, quality and exceptional customer care.

We provide services in a whole host of areas:


  • Structural Surveys
  • Homebuyer Reports
  • Specific defect inspections
  • Dilapidations
  • Pre-lease condition reports
  • Planned maintenance advice
  • Party Wall services 

Design and Project Management

  • New developments
  • Building extensions
  • Loft conversions
  • Refurbishment schemes
  • Sports and leisure facilities
  • Barn conversions
  • CDM, Planning and Coordination services

Structural Engineering

  • Structural inspections
  • Design calculations
  • Portal frame designs
  • Retaining wall assessments
  • Single beam installations
  • Civils projects roads/bridges 


  • Fire, Flood, Storm
  • Subsidence/heave
  • Impact damage
  • Landslip
  • Liability issues
  • Escape of water/oil
  • Gas explosions

Building Surveys

Buying a house usually requires a major financial investment by the prospective owner. To minimize the potential risks associated with the purchase of domestic properties, CHA have developed a range of surveys to satisfy the various requirements of our customers.

Our Charted Building Surveyors and Structural Engineers have appropriate skills and experience to deliver a professional report to our clients within one week of visiting the property.

Commercial and domestic building surveys available.

Design and Project Management

We provide a project management and contract administration service for all types of construction schemes. We work for domestic and commercial clients on a variety of projects with contract values up to £3 million.

Our project management service can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of individual clients. See more of our standard project management input on building projects generally includes the following activities using the link below.

Structural Engineering

The Chartered Engineers within CHA provide structural assistance to our in-house design team.

They also provide a direct design service to a variety of clients including property owners, building contractors and architects.

Our structural design services are available for domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural buildings. 

Our designs always concentrate on simplicity and ‘buildability’. We are a multi-disciplined practice offering the combined services of architectural design and structural engineering. This enables us to reduce the cost of design work and produce drawings in a speedy manner.

Insurance Claims

From our Head Office in Hexham, we are centrally located to provide an efficient service throughout the North of England and Southern Scotland. When required, we have flexibility to assist our clients by providing nationwide coverage to help with major events

Our professional claim service assists with building related insurance claims on domestic, commercial and industrial properties involving fire, flood, storm, impact, escape of water/oil & gas explosions.

Several of the consultants within CHA have previously worked in the Loss Adjusting profession. This knowledge and experience within our organisation enables us to provide an effective and speedy service.

Architectural Design

We have an in-house chartered architect, engineer, surveyors, construction consultant, contract administrators, project managers and CDM (health & safety) professionals. We can look after your every need from inception to completion.

Our service embraces Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, BIM (Building Information Modelling), Structural Engineering and Planning.



Finding the right architect for your project is crucial to its success.

We have a multidisciplinary team of experts. We have in-house teams consisting of technical architects, developers, project owners and project managers. We will consult, advise, develop and design innovative and ergonomic designs for your property.

Our initial consultation is free.


The personal touch is at the core of everything we do.

Our team of Chartered building surveyors, Structural engineers, Chartered architects and Chartered building consultants, tries to ensure that our clients receive the most reliable and cost effective service throughout their engagement with us.

This has enabled us to secure, develop, and enhance the reputation we proudly maintain today.

Bob Duncan
Bob DuncanMD Lodestar
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I want to thank you for creating a great new building and for the excellent quick support and help that you provided to me throughout the whole project.
Returning Customer
Returning CustomerHexham
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Although small, our project was not for the faint hearted as it required the demolition of an asbestos ridden garage, obtaining planning approval to build a small extension and complete renovation plus relocation of a gas and electricity supply. Greame Wakefield and his colleagues from Crawford Higgins worked with us, raking any concerns we had on board and we throughly recommend their services and would not hesitate to use them again.
Architecture Firm
Architecture FirmRIBA Chartered Architecture firm using our surveying services.
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I want to say that this was a very good and professional service and we look forward to working with you again in the future.