Carlisle Castle

Castle Street

Carlisle Methodist Central Hall

English Street

Welcome to James Associates

Founded in 1998, we are a leading specialist chartered building surveying practice based in Carlisle.

We provide a wide range technical surveying services to both private and public clients. Our principal area of operation is in Cumbria, but we have accepted commissions as far South as York and as far North as Kilmarnock, as our reputation for high quality professional work has spread.

As a small practice we can offer a bespoke service package with a rapid turnaround at competitive rates. This is due in part to our policy of maintaining a single point of contact for clients, allowing them to obtain prompt advice on any issues that may arise during the course of their business; your instructions will be dealt with from start to finish by the same surveyor.

A summary of services we can offer include:

  • Building surveys
  • Defect investigations
  • Boundary issues
  • Adjudication services
  • Dispute resolution services
  • Party wall services
  • Schedule of dilapidations
  • Acquisition surveys
  • Project management
  • Expert witness reports

We are always happy to discuss any aspect of our services and answer any questions you may have without obligation.

In the meantime please browse our website where you can find out more about out firm and services we offer.

Regulated by RICS


We have wide experience in dealing with both commercial and industrial properties from steel framed industrial units clad asbestos cement to modern office accommodation.

Often, we are asked to assist or represent both Landlords’ and Tenants’ at the commencement, renewal, assignment and expiry of leases by preparation of various documents including schedules of condition and dilapidations, to assist both parties in reaching an agreed settlement.

We also provide repair and maintenance advice for property, through to project management for building work and can assist with the preparation of section 20 notices of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 where necessary.


We can assist home buyers and Landlords by offering a range of pre-purchase services including building surveys, defect investigation of individual elements and non-invasive testing that seek to place the purchaser in the position of being an ‘informed buyer’; we are fully independent and you can be sure that we will represent your interests 100%.

In addition we offer existing home owners contemplating development Party Wall advice and act as Party Wall Surveyors in accordance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

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