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Adair expands into the Midlands

Adair is delighted to announce the opening of a Midlands office and appointment of a Regional Head. The new venture will be led by Rachel Titley, a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with more than 20 years’ experience in property and construction. Her past clients include banks, insurance companies, legal firms, utilities, government organisations and public services. She specialises in the refurbishment and new build of sustainable commercial offices and mixed-use facilities. Rachel, who lives in Willington in Derbyshire, comments “I’m very excited to become part of Adair and to be able to deliver projects and grow networks in the Midlands while being based in my home town is a special opportunity for me”. Having a base in Derby allows the firm to exceed the quality of service received by Adair’s existing project monitoring, quantity surveying and building surveying clients in the North. The demand-led move demonstrates Adair’s appetite for further developing… More »

14 Jan

Season’s Greetings & Office Opening Hours

As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to wish clients, partners, suppliers and friends of Adair a wonderful Christmas break and every success for 2019. We are looking forward to the many exciting opportunities, changes and ultimately growth that the New Year promises and look forward to sharing our progress with our valued contacts. Please note that the Adair offices close at 1pm on Friday 21st December and re-open at 9am on Wednesday the 2nd of January 2019.

18 Dec

Adair Acquires Hadley James Associates

Combined forces to strengthen Adair’s Building Surveying division Adair Ltd and Hadley James Associates Ltd have reached a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Hadley James Associates Ltd. As of 11th May 2018, the newly merged team will operate under the Adair brand. Adair were keen to work alongside Hadley James’ Director, James Delamere in order to utilise his 20 years’ of property experience and credible reputation within the commercial, retail and industrial sectors. James is a commercially focused Chartered Surveyor and Project Manager, previously having held senior level roles in Central London firms. During his career he has completed pre-acquisition due diligence surveys of retail premises, large offices and industrial estates, of values up to £20 million, and is experienced in project management and project monitoring having prepared full NBS specifications and administered contracts up to the value of £1 million. Being proficient in Professional Services such as Party… More »

17 May

MIPIM 2018 Highlights

March 13th saw the property industry descend en masse to Cannes for MIPIM, the annual international property conference. Despite this year’s event being surrounded by much speculation, overall consensus determines it was another resounding success, abuzz with enthusiasm and talk of many exciting projects in the pipeline. In the weeks leading up to the event, the industry was awash with comparisons between the President’s Club and MIPIM. Discussions alluded that the event saw, and even condoned, the same levels of inappropriate behaviour that has been the focus in the media in recent months. Adair’s experience of MIPIM was quite the contrary. Many of the firm’s valued female contacts, who hold senior positions and are esteemed industry thought leaders, attended and found the trip as highly enjoyable and valuable as their male counterparts. It seems unfortunate for the event, and in turn industry, to be receiving further negative press that could… More »

27 Mar

Season’s Greetings & Office Opening Hours

As 2017 draws to a close, we would like to wish clients, partners, suppliers and friends of Adair a wonderful Christmas break and every success for 2018. Please note that the Adair office will close at 1pm on Friday 22nd December and re-open at 9am on Tuesday the 2nd of December.

21 Dec


Justin formed Adair in 1994, he is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a RICS Registered Expert Witness. He is also the immediate past General Secretary of the CEEC and current Global & UK Chair of the RICS Quantity Surveying and Construction Professional Group Boards. Justin has been a member of the RICS Governing Council since being elected in 2015 for which the term is due to come to an end in 2019. He is the current chair of the PG2020 implementation board and would like to see this through to completion thus is running for re-election. During Justin’s various roles within RICS for a period of over ten years he has been involved with the implementation of effective governance and managing risks. He has become highly involved in a number of the Governing Council initiatives and work streams, actively and positively contributing to debate. Justin comments: “There are always competing… More »

31 Oct

And the David Bucknall Award goes to …

Following on from a successful inaugural award in 2016, August 16th 2017 saw people heading to the RICS HQ in Parliament for the second annual David Bucknall Award. Adair’s MD Justin Sullivan hosted the event with RICS President Amanda Clack presenting the award. This year See Lian Ong was honoured with the award. With an illustrious career spanning over 40 years that saw him inaugurated as the 134th Global President of the RICS and notably the first non-British citizen, first Asian and first Malaysian to be elected in the 143-year history of the RICS, he was a deserved winner. Although See Lian was unable to attend the event he delivered a touching acceptance speech via video conference of which can be viewed here The David Bucknall Award was conceived following the death of David Bucknall OBE FRICS in June 2015. David a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 50 year’s professional… More »

18 Aug

Adair Lead Restoration Project for 18th Century Hampstead Heath Mansion

Adair is set to commence with the provision of Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor services for Heath House. The grade II* listed eighteenth century mansion is situated at one of the highest points in London, overlooking scenic Hampstead Heath. As well as sympathetic restoration, plans for the project now include a new design to reconfigure the property to better suit modern living whilst ensuring the project remains commercially viable. Features are set to include a lift, swimming pool, gym and media room.

07 Mar

Not long now! Meet the team that will be representing Adair at MIPIM 2017

Adair is heading to Cannes from the 14th-17th March for MIPIM, an opportunity for the most influential players in the international property and construction industry to meet for four days of networking and connecting with both old and new contacts. Justin Sullivan FRICS MEWI Justin founded Adair over 20 years ago. He has since gone on to become a Fellow of the RICS and acts as the Global & UK Chair of RICS QS & construction professional group. Justin is also a member of the Expert Witness Institute, Society of Construction Law and an associate of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Bob Branscombe MRICS MCIOB Bob has over 30 years experience in the construction sector and membership of both RICS and CIOB. With particular focus on Project Monitoring and IMS work, Bob provides Adair’s clients with accurate, impartial and concise advice to enhance a project’s financial, programme, quality and risk… More »

06 Mar

Adair to deliver talk at Stay Informed South East Event

On Thursday the 9th of March, Adair MD, Justin Sullivan, will take to the stage to provide a talk at ‘Stay Informed’. The RICS event provides an update for professionals in the South East. RICS staff and members of the South East Regional board invite both RICs members and non-members to join them for a morning of networking and informative talks covering key topics. Justin will be presenting ‘ICMS; towards transparency and consistency in a global industry’. The International Construction Management Standard (ICMS) initiative sees a landmark international standard for the construction industry being introduced. “ICMS is a big deal in construction and many people have successfully collaborated to bring the standards to where they are today. Once the ICMS is finalised, adoption of the standards and continuing with a more collaborative way of working is crucial” comments Justin Sullivan. With the public consultation being launched on the 10th of… More »

06 Mar

Adair MD, Justin Sullivan, to attend the RICS WBEF 2017 in Shanghai

Led by the RICS, the World Built Environment Forum is a global network of built environment professionals and their stakeholders aimed at combining knowledge, skills and resources to create and manage the built environment that global populations need. It sets the standard for dialogue and cooperation that is vital for our sector. The WBEF hosts an Annual Summit at which members can debate the most pressing challenges and identify practical solutions. This year Shanghai will provide the setting for members to network with international peers. The forum takes place on Monday 27th March and Tuesday 28th March. The WBEF Annual Summit will look at the future effect of global macro trends, particularly in China and wider Asia. Questions asked will include; what strategies should we adopt to take account of disruptive changes in order to create and sustain vibrant real estate markets, and to fund infrastructure needs? How can the… More »

14 Feb

Adair is recruiting

A busy start to 2017 has seen the need arise for several vacancies to be filled for Adair, one of which is for a Quantity Surveyor of an intermediate level. We are looking to welcome someone to the team that is degree qualified, MRICS or working towards it and has a minimum of 3 years’ experience. Please email for more information or to submit a CV for consideration.

13 Feb

Adair’s New Epsom Headquarters

Adair Ltd has relocated its Epsom HQ from Cadogan House to: Crossways House 39 East Street Epsom Surrey KT17 1BL The move took place in early January and provides the perfect opportunity to mark the start of a fresh new year for Adair as staff look forward to spending 2017 working and hosting client meetings in their contemporary new Surrey home.

06 Feb


This summer Adair vacated our London offices within Marble Arch Tower. Demolition has started on the existing 1960’s 24 storey building to make way for the £40m Marble Arch Place project. The site overlooks London’s Hyde Park and will now house a mixed use scheme by developers Almancanta. The site, due for completion in 2020, is expected to consist of over 95,000 sq ft of office space, 18,000 sq ft of retail space and an 18 storey residential tower. Kathrin Hersel, property director, Almacantar said: “Marble Arch Place will be a stunning new landmark for London – an enviable residential and commercial address where the sophistication of Mayfair meets the calmness of Hyde Park. The scheme’s design and position makes it a prominent new addition to a flourishing West End.” Adair is sad to leave the London home that has served us well over the years but keen to see… More »

01 Oct


September 27th saw Adair MD and RICS Chair of Global and U.K. QS & Construction Professional Groups, Justin Sullivan, and RICS President, Amanda Clack, welcome the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveying’s President, Matt Weber, to the RICS headquarters in Parliament Square, London. The morning was spent discussing quantity surveying and construction issues as well as looking to the public consultation launch of the International Construction Management Standard (ICMS) on the 10th of November. The IMCS initiative sees a landmark international standard for the construction industry being introduced. The way construction projects are costed can vary enormously throughout the world. The standards used in one market can differ markedly from the next. Ultimately, all stakeholders in the built environment, from investors, contractors and surveying practitioners to governments and the public at large are disadvantaged by the lack of consistency and transparency. In an industry as global as construction, the need for… More »

27 Sep


Entrepreneurial firm Propercorn showcases creative new workspace Adair were delighted to work with luxury interior design firm Living in Space and their client Propercorn, the UK’s fastest growing snack company and number one popcorn brand. Adair were appointed to provide Quantity Surveying services for the office refurbishment project. The youthful brand had big plans for a fun working environment that incorporated a games area and provisions to encourage eco-friendly commuting. Check out more photos of the stunning finished workspace as well as further project details here.

02 Sep

Happy 22nd Birthday Adair!

Adair celebrated its 22nd Birthday on September 1st. A birthday always provides the perfect opportunity to thank all of our employees, partners and clients that have been with us over the past 22 years for your custom, support and trust – here’s to another successful year in business! It also causes us to get all nostalgic in the Adair office as we take a brief look back to where it all began for the company. In 1994, at the age of 24, Justin Sullivan had just left house builder Wimpey and decided to take the leap and start his own Quantity Surveying Company. Adair Associates was founded in Epsom Surrey, the name coming from Justin’s middle name ‘Adair’. Adair started out providing traditional Quantity Surveying services for developers and contractors. The service offering quickly expanded to include dispute resolution services, Justin has now become well known for his role as… More »

01 Sep

The Inaugural David Bucknall FRICS OBE Award

In June 2015 the construction industry was deeply saddened to hear of the death of David Bucknall OBE FRICS. David, a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 50 year’s professional experience, was a well-respected and iconic figure within the industry. It was decided that an annual award would be established in honour of David, acknowledging his desire to create opportunities for and encourage achievement among his younger colleagues. A year later, on June 14th 2016, the first David Bucknall award took place at the RICS London HQ. Justin Sullivan, Adair MD, was joined on stage by Amanda Clack, the current RICS President, and Ann Bentley, RLB Global Chairman, all of whom welcomed the opportunity to share fond memories of David. Alan Muse FRICS RICS Global Built Environment Director said “There is no ‘I’ in Bucknall and there is no ‘I’ in team. David epitomised collaborative working. He was also always active… More »

12 Jul

ICMS: A global standard for a global industry

Will you be in Christchurch, New Zealand 20-24 May for the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress 2016? Adair MD, Justin Sullivan will be there as one of the Keynote Speakers. Justin will be introducing the ICMS initiative; a landmark international standard for the construction industry. The way construction projects are costed can vary enormously throughout the world. The standards used in one market can differ markedly from the next. Ultimately, all stakeholders in the built environment, from investors, contractors and surveying practitioners to governments and the public at large are disadvantaged by the lack of consistency and transparency. In an industry as global as construction, the need for consistently applied standards has never been greater. Launched at a meeting hosted by the IMF in June 2014, the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) Coalition is today comprised of more than 30 professional and standards-setting bodies from around the world. The coalition… More »

11 May

Justin Sullivan appointed on CEEC Board for a 3rd term

Le Comité Européen des Economistes de la Construction (The European Committee of Construction Economists or CEEC) was formed nearly thirty years ago. The Committee is comprised of members of various national institutions representing the field of construction economics (quantity surveying) in their own countries with the aim of promoting the profession at a European level. The most recent conference in Budapest on May 6th saw Adair Associates MD, Justin Sullivan, appointed as General Secretary for a 3rd term to last a further 2 years. The organisation comprises three voting member delegates representing the national organisations meeting at a general assembly bi –annually in various cities in Europe, where the many issues concerning the construction economist are debated and a number of projects promoted. The next CEEC conference will take place on 2nd of October 2016 in Copenhagen.

11 May

Are you facilitating sustainable growth? RICS SOTA & WBEF discuss.

The annual RICS Summit of the Americas took place in Washington 4th – 5th April with the World Built Environment Forum taking place the next day from the 6th – 7th April. Justin Sullivan, MD, attended in his role as member of RICS International Governing Council. Sponsors and delegates networked at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Centre. Key issues in the industry and the drivers and trends impacting the global market were discussed. Adair’s key summary of the event: SOTA stressed the importance of sound ethics and international standards within the built environment profession. President Martin J Brühl FRICS explained how the work of today’s built environment sector will impact many generations to come as they live with the consequences of the built environment that we and our predecessors have created. Dr Lawrence Summers discussed the global economic environment claiming chances of recession in the next 2-3 years… More »

11 May

MIPM 2016 Highlights

As you will know, March 15th saw the property industry descend en masse to Cannes for MIPIM 2016. We are sure you will agree that the event was a resounding success, abuzz with enthusiasm and talk of many exciting projects. As Global Chair of RICS QS & Construction Professional Group Boards and member of the International Governing Council, Justin was invited to join the panel for the RICS ‘Urbanisation Technology and the Surveyor’ round table. Discussions focused on Smart Cities and the role of the Quantity Surveyor in their development. During the week, Adair hosted Le Petit Bateau during MIPIM and enjoyed welcoming both new and existing contacts on board. If you didn’t join us on board this year, then there is always next year as we look forward to returning with the yacht for 2017. Justin and the team are delighted to have made so many interesting new connections this year. After taking the long Easter weekend to fully recover from… More »

11 May

Adair at MIPIM 2016

Adair will be hosting a yacht at MIPIM 2016 between the 15th and 18th of March. MIPIM sees the most influential international property players from all sectors gather for 4 days of networking, learning and transaction at Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France. This year, a team of 5 Adair employees will be based aboard the ‘Petit Bateau’, located in berth 21 of the Jetée Albert Edouard. We will be co-hosting the yacht with our partners Mundays and Bildify. The Adair team members attending can be seen below, and would be delighted to connect with both new and existing contacts. Get in touch if you would like to join us; Justin Sullivan Founder and MD » Bob Branscombe Senior Quantity Surveyor » Gerald Shea Senior Quantity Surveyor » Richard Deere Quantity Surveyor » Joshua O’Connor Quantity Surveyor »

14 Mar

Welcome to our new site

We are pleased to welcome you to our NEW Adair website. Please take a look around the site and let us know what you think. Everyone at Adair has worked hard to make this new, responsive website a joy to use and we are proud to take off the cover and share it with the world. One of our newest features is a search option, allowing you to find more information about our company easily. Go ahead, give it a try!

21 Jun