About

Hall and Ensom Chartered Surveyors is the trading name of two independent companies providing Building Surveying services, and co-operating together on projects and commissions where appropriate. 

Hall & Ensom Cotswolds Ltd, based just to the west of Oxford, serves clients throughout the Cotswolds and provides specialist historic building consultancy services throughout southern England.  Hall and Ensom Ltd provides similar services across Hampshire, Berkshire and more widely across the south from its offices just outside Basingstoke.

Martin Hall and David Ensom established Hall & Ensom in 1993 since when they have worked together as partners and directors, providing Building Surveying services generally but developing two particular areas of expertise.   Today they operate as two independent companies, but continue to collaborate as colleagues and friends.  They share a great deal of experience, and each has developed specialist knowledge in particular aspects of Building Surveying services, as their profiles below demonstrate.

Please call the appropriate office/company initially, based on the location of the property concerned.  We may refer you to the other office if the required service is more appropriately provided by Martin or David.

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David Ensom

In a career spanning more than 35 years, David has worked in private practice in Oxford, Canterbury, London and Reading, before co-founding Hall & Ensom in 1993. His project experience includes commercial fit-out, development monitoring and wide-ranging survey and design work. Clients have included Vodafone, The Royal Albert Hall, and the British Council, and over the past 25 years he has worked continually with Winchester College, The Donnington Hospital Trust, and local Anglican and Methodist churches. Today David’s workload is dominated by design work, the majority of it involving the alteration, refurbishment and extension of listed buildings. In addition, he is undertaking new-build projects in sensitive areas such as Conservation Areas and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and continues to carry out surveys of period properties.

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Martin Hall

Throughout his long career, Martin has worked on many interesting projects and his long-standing interest in older buildings led him to undertake a two year Post Graduate course at Bath University in the Conservation of Historic Buildings. Having obtained his Diploma in 2004 he was elected a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation in 2006. In 2008 he became an Accredited Conservation Surveyor with the RICS. He continues to specialize in historic buildings both humble and not so humble and gives advice to clients on the maintenance, conservation and, where required, alteration of their properties. His conservation work has included major restoration projects for Oxford Colleges and a number of private estates. He is recognized as an expert in his field and has written a number of articles for publication in conservation journals. Martin is an active member of his local SPAB group, and a member of the Georgian and the Vernacular Architecture Groups.

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Our principle activity is the design and specification of building work, whether to alter, refit, extend, adapt or refurbish existing buildings – particularly Listed buildings – or to create new homes.

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