Stand out
from the crowd.
Building Surveying.
Project Management.
Principal Designer.
Cost Consultancy.
Architectural Design.
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Established in 2020, NLM are a modern forward thinking boutique building consultancy firm with offices located in the heart of Glasgow and London offering full coverage throughout the UK.

Driven by a desire to provide our clients with the highest level of service and care, we strive to build strong relationships and implement a collaborative approach to ensure a fully tailored and personal, yet professional, service for each individual requirement.

To supplement our core services, NLM embrace survey technology to stand out from the crowd and provide our clients with innovative solutions to successfully deliver beyond expectations.

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As a firm, we offer a comprehensive range of Building Consultancy services, and although we mostly focus on commercial property, we have extensive experience in the residential market too.

We specialise in Building Surveying, Project Management and Principal Designer services, however through our specialist consultancy services, can also offer Cost Consultancy and Architectural Design.

A selection of our services and specific areas of expertise is noted here, however please note that this list is not conclusive, and we would be delighted to chat through a specific enquiry or project.

  • Project Management and Contract Administration - New build, Refurbishment, and Fit-out Schemes
  • Development and Loan Monitoring
  • Statutory Consents
  • Surveys and Technical Due Diligence
  • Pre-Acquisition / Pre-Leasehold Consultancy
  • Defect Analysis
  • Dilapidations Advice (Landlord & Tenant)
  • Schedule of Condition
  • Building Reinstatement Valuations
  • Planned Maintenance Advice
  • Stock Condition Surveys
  • Strategic Estate / Portfolio Management Consultancy
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Principal Designer Services
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Lesley Merritt, Director

A director and co-founder of NLM Building Consultancy, Lesley is an experienced and astute Chartered Building Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the commercial property industry.

Lesley is a confident communicator who has been fortunate to work with a variety of private and public sector clients throughout her career which has allowed her to develop strong people management skills and organisational aptitude.

Lesley is very personable and thrives on developing strong client relationships. She works methodically at all times and is a committed professional who always delivers to a very high standard.

Lesley Merritt, Director07841 128 609[email protected]
Neil MacDougall, Director

Neil is a director and co-founder of NLM Building Consultancy.

Neil is a Chartered Building Surveyor with approximately 20 years' experience in Building Consultancy across all sectors within the built environment operating throughout the UK. Neil has extensive experience in commercial Building Surveying, with particular areas of expertise including pre-acquisition technical due diligence, building condition surveys, defect analysis, project management / contract administration, principal designer services and dilapidations representation.

Due to Neil's experience and strong communication skills, he is able to provide tailored strategic advice to Clients that add value to each instruction, at all times implementing a collaborative approach.

Neil MacDougall, Director07841 128 702[email protected]
Matt Portburn, Associate Director

Associate Director of NLM Building Consultancy. Matt is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 11 years’ experience in Building Consultancy, with extensive experience in CAD / technical drawing, defect analysis / building pathology, building condition surveys, and PM / CA. He previously worked in a conservation architects office, and as a preservation surveyor, which provides him with a breadth of knowledge within these sectors.

Matt’s passion lies with traditional buildings, where care and attention is paramount in his approach and output. He is a small drone pilot, which facilitates inspections of complex roof structures.

Matt believes in a strong collaborative approach, with strong communication being key. He works to provide and deliver a high standard of service and advice.

Matt Portburn, Associate Director07377 293 232[email protected]
Gianni De Marco, Graduate Building Surveyor

Gianni is a Graduate Building Surveyor, who has recently achieved an Honours Degree in Building Surveying from Glasgow Caledonian University.

He works closely with both Lesley, Neil and Matt, assisting with both Building Surveying and Project Management related work. He is currently in the process of enrolling on the Assessment of Professional Competence with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to become a Chartered Member.

Gianni De Marco, Graduate Building Surveyor0141 266 0640[email protected]
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NLM Building Consultancy

Got a project?
Let's talk.

Second Floor
189 St. Vincent Street
Glasgow, G2 5QD

Tel: 0141 266 0640

5th Floor, Scotland House
58 Victoria Embankment
London, EC4Y 0DS

Tel: 0203 488 9983