Hugh Garratt, our senior surveyor, is from a farming family and studied at the Royal Agricultural College before becoming a chartered surveyor. Twenty years a land agent - at Marston St Lawrence then Merevale & Blyth Estates in England, followed by Cawdor Castle and Luss Estates in Scotland - Hugh found most enjoyment in overcoming technical challenges. When aged 40 he decided to take a law degree in his spare time, after which he saw the opportunity to create a firm specialising in his three special interests - planning and development, heritage buildings, and private client advisory work.
Smith & Garratt was created in 2000 and has gone from strength to strength. A company director and trustee, Hugh sits on the RICS Dispute Resolution Panel, the Forestry Commission Review Panel, is a Fellow of the RICS, a Fellow and examiner for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, is RICS - Accredited in Building Conservation, and an assessor for the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Building Surveyor Kris Smith – fully-qualified MRICS with an Honours Degree in Building Surveying from Reading University’s College of Estate Management. Kris is following his special interest by studying for his Master’s Degree in Building Conservation at Heriot Watt University. His appointment provides the firm’s second specialist in the delivery of works to historic buildings … and makes us clear leaders in this field. Kris has a proven track record in general practice surveying, property valuation and residential property management.
Graduate surveyor Dr Atwood - M&E specialist Matt Atwood came to surveying as a mature graduate with a Masters Degree in electrical engineering from Cambridge University and 14 years' experience managing public buildings at the Barbican and London Coliseum. Matt runs our drawing office and keeps us straight with Health & Safety in addition to his advisory work with public access and the sustainable care of building fabric.