Founded in 2006 by Matthew Symmonds BSc (Hons) MRICS, the practice has been developed using extensive experience and knowledge gained from working within some of London’s largest surveying firms, fused with a friendly, approachable manner.
The practice has organically grown in the years since establishment, and is now comfortably based in attractive town centre offices in West Terrace, conveniently able to service Bexhill, Hastings and areas throughout East Sussex and West Sussex.
We pride ourselves on our down to earth approach; always having time to discuss our client’s concerns. We understand that in property and construction projects, individual’s needs are often specific and therefore we aim to offer a bespoke service, providing the various expertise you need, at the various stages you require them. We are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (www.rics.org) which means you can be assured of service from professionals who are educated to maintaining high standards in the public interest.
Whether you are looking at buying property, considering refurbishment works or require architectural plans, or perhaps require specific building defect or Party Wall advice, we have qualified Chartered Surveyors able to assist you.
BSc (Hons) MRICS
Director, Chartered Building Surveyor and Registered Valuer
As founder of Southdown Surveyors back in 2006, Matthew’s commitment to providing honest, straight-talking professional advice and his dedication to producing high-quality technical work has earnt the practice a good, solid reputation that in return, sees the benefit of much repeat business and word-of-mouth recommendation.
As Director of the practice, Matthew remains consistently aware of the high expectations of his clients, and consequently strives to meet and exceed those expectations.
Prior to Southdown, employment in London and Brighton based practices, working in varying professional areas, has resulted in him gaining the necessary experience and expertise to provide a particularly wide breadth of service offering.
He finds the ‘challenges’ that contentious Party Wall and Dilapidation matters so often bring, particularly interesting – and is therefore committed to continually increasing his knowledge in these areas.
Matthew’s initial post-education training as an Architectural Technician has further equipped him with the additional expertise of computer aided design (CAD) skills and an architectural design interest.
Outside of the practice, Matthew is a keen mountain biker and golfer, and an active member of Eastbourne Round Table.
Director, Office Administrator
Having assisted Matthew in running the practice since 2008, Lisa strongly shares Matthew’s commitment to providing a down-to-earth, honest and reliable offering to clients.
‘Personal service’ is high on the list of priorities when it comes to the ethos embraced by Southdown, so Lisa’s is always keen to ensure that as a team, the best possible attention is given to all clients.
Responsible for overseeing the ongoing development of the practice in terms of compliance with regulatory requirements, training and marketing, Lisa and Matthew work closely together to ensure that the high standard of service remains constant and that Southdown’s reputation and professional offering continues to grow.
Business and Operations Manager
Luke has been dealing with property, in various capacities, for many years including, acquisition, comprehensive refurbishment, maintenance and most recently being Manager of a local Estate Agency & Chartered Surveyors. He has therefore acquired a wealth of knowledge which he brings with him to Southdown Surveyors, which we know will be able to positively assist our clients.
His current role is broad and includes overseeing and ensuring the smooth running of the office, workload management, financial management, business development and making sure that our clients continue to receive the best service possible.
Having lived and worked in Eastbourne his whole life he has built up a network of local contacts, as well as expert local knowledge. Luke is always looking for ways we can improve our service and offerings and has fantastic initiative and communication skills.
In his spare time Luke enjoys cycling, cooking and looking after his classic Mini Cooper.
BSc (Hons) AssocRICS
Having been primarily based in Eastbourne for much of his career to-date, Greg prides himself on his extensive local knowledge.
Having worked within Property Management led practices in the past; Greg has a strong understanding and extensive experience in providing Contract Administration/Project Management services, and in writing the Specifications that so relate.
Coupled with his initial post-education employment being in constructional site management – Greg is equipped with first-hand working knowledge on the importance of a project being run efficiently and effectively, with ‘communication’ being integral.
Greg joined Southdown having related to the honest, professional-yet-personal offering they provide, while too seeing the opportunity of expanding his professional knowledge in the other professional areas they practice.
Outside of the practice, Greg is a devoted father to his young family and an active footballer.
Lynne joined us from a local block management company and has provided assistance to blocks and estates across the south of England for over seven years. Lynne joined Southdown Surveyors to expand and develop our block management department using her extensive knowledge in this sector. She is keen to continue to provide the service that our clients expect to receive and understands the need for excellent communication. During her time in this sector she has completed training in various aspects including becoming a Member of The Institute of Residential Property Managers (MIRPM.)
In her spare time Lynne enjoys exploring different countries and spending time with her friends and family.
Kelly is a highly experienced member of our team in her area of practice which includes working as an Administrator and Personal Assistant. Kelly’s previous work experience has been focused in the accountancy profession which has included being PA to one of the directors at a large firm in the city of London. Kelly prides herself on her enthusiastic approach to projects and is endeavouring to broaden her knowledge in property and the building industry.
Kelly has a strong focus on great customer service and that is why she has become a great asset to the Southdown Team. She always has a positive approach with a friendly and pro-active nature.
Outside of the practice, Kelly is a devoted mother to her son and enjoys baking.
Carole is our newest member of the Southdown team and works part time alongside Kelly in our administration department. She assists our other member with their workload; this includes arranging their diaries, dealing with enquiries and typing reports and letters.
Carole’s previous jobs have included receptionist, co-ordinator and management roles; all of which assist in her providing our clients with the best service. Attention to detail, excellent communication and high quality service are all attributes that Carole has shown.
In her spare time Carole enjoys baking and spending time with her family which includes her young daughter.
Junior Surveying Assistant
Frazer joined the team in early 2017 after expressing a keen interest in pursuing a career in surveying. He came to Southdown Surveyors originally on a week’s work experience and impressed Matthew with his enthusiasm and work ethic; hence he has now progressed to become a full-time member of the team. He begins a formal apprenticeship later in the year, which will see him working to becoming a Surveying Technician, and there-after, in-time, eventually progressing to become an Associate member of the RICS. He assists the team in all aspects; either on surveys or site visits or in the office with the rest of the team.
Frazer is very active in his spare time and often enjoys participating in many sports as well socialising with friends.