By: 28 April 2021
McLarens launches independent surveying business

Global insurance services provider McLarens has launched Brawdia, an independent building and construction consultancy, offering insurance-related surveying services across the UK and Ireland.

Brawdia will provide a strategic adjacency to McLarens’s core business, operating as a standalone, but wholly owned entity, supporting insurers, brokers, and their commercial and high-net-worth customers.

Philip Barmby (pictured) has joined as managing director of the newly launched business, to spearhead and further build a team of chartered surveyors with in-depth insurance market expertise. A chartered surveyor with more than 25 years of experience, Barmby joins from Savills where, as director for building and project consultancy, he led its insurance reinstatement division.

Headquartered in Manchester, Brawdia will provide a wide range of building consultancy services, including reinstatement tender and project management, construction cost analysis, contract administration, subsidence damage investigation and resolution, technical due diligence, defect analysis, dilapidation surveys, and expert witness work.

Steven Wallace, managing director of the UK and Ireland at McLarens: “This marks a hugely positive step in McLarens’ evolution—a distinct proposition from our core loss adjusting business, but one that’s very much aligned to our focus on complex, commercial and niche markets..”

Wallace added: “Philip has a great reputation and brings a wealth of expertise across both pre and post-loss insurance related surveying services. The team will no doubt provide the same culture, service quality and technical expertise that has become synonymous with our values and I am delighted to add Brawdia to the McLarens family.”

Barmby said: “Within a claims context, surveying work requires a broad building and construction skill set, as well as considerable knowledge and insight of the different aspects of an insured loss—whether knowing your way around a ‘value at risk’ cost assessment, understanding the nuances of business continuity or managing multiple stakeholder interests. Brawdia will offer the industry an essential blend of technical skill, pragmatism and experience. This is a hugely exciting venture and one which I am thrilled to lead and develop.”