About DMP

We are one of the leading independent Chartered Building Surveying and Project Consultancy firms in London and the South of England. Established in 1995 and based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, DMP has a talented and professional team dedicated to delivering a timely and quality service.

DMP advises large investment organisations, pension funds, commercial & retail agents, occupiers and individuals. We have a broad portfolio of work in office and commercial; education and leisure, warehouse and industrial; retail; healthcare; conservation and heritage; and residential.

Our reputation is built on delivering a quality service, tailored to each individual client’s needs, which is experienced, reliable and above all professional. We are specialists in all aspects of building surveying, project management, architectural design and cost consultancy.

We project manage both large and small construction projects and by co-ordinating with other specialists consultants we ensure that we galvanise the most experienced professional team to each project.

Our building consultancy team specialises in Building Surveys, Condition and pre-acquisition surveys, Dilapidations, Party Wall matters, and advice on building repairs and maintenance.

We are dedicated and focused on providing an outstanding service based on the following principles:

  • One stop shop for services
  • Skilled workforce dedicated to ongoing technical training
  • Leading the industry by example
  • Comprehensive Succinct reporting
  • Co-ordinated client management
  • Outstanding communication

“We galvanise a professional team of experts to inspire, design, shape, manage and construct your property needs!”

JR Whitlock Managing Partner

Meet the DMP Team

Our dynamic team have been carefully appointed to ensure we have the optimum industry experience, skills and technical expertise. Each valued member of staff is focused on delivering quality and professional standards on every project. Meet some of the team below;

John Whitlock

JR Whitlock BSc (Hons)

Managing Partner

John studied at Anglian Ruskin University achieving a BSc Hons in Architecture in 2003. Moving on to complete a post graduate building surveying program at University College of Estate Management.

John has been with DMP since 2004 and successfully acquired the business becoming Managing Partner in 2013.

John has a clear vision for DMP and is excited to be able to showcase this with the launch of a new company identity, with the principles of leading the industry by example, succinct reporting, co-ordinated client management, outstanding communication and a one stop shop for service.

When John is not hard at work he enjoys spending time walking his three golden retrievers, which keeps him nice and fit, as usually he is the one left retrieving the ball!

Mike O'Rourke

Mike O'Rourke


Mike has a background in human resources, training and quality assurance for the past 15 years, providing a bespoke consultancy service to independent companies across the South East.

Mike joined the DMP family as Partner in 2014 and has been involved in a number of strategic projects, specialising in HR and recruitment. Mike successfully completed an ILM Management L3 qualification in 2013 and has recently obtained his TAQA L4 award (Training Assessment Quality Assurance) in 2016, enabled DMP to recruit and train new business apprentices.

In his spare time Mike likes to play super sleuth and detective, and often hosts murder mystery whodunit parties.

Ben Carey MRICS

Chartered Building Surveyor / Associate Partner

Ben Carey

Ben Carey MRICS

Chartered Building Surveyor / Associate Partner

Ben studied Interior Architecture at Lincoln University, graduating in 2007 achieving an honours degree. He then went on to study a post graduate Building Surveying diploma at London Southbank University.

Since then, Ben has join the DMP family as a Building Surveyor, where he has been making a fantastic name for himself with existing and new clients alike. Ben has worked within the industry for over 12 years and has now recently achieved his Chartership with RICS – to attain MRICS status. In addition, Ben is an official RICS APC Mentor, offering guidance to other candidates looking to achieve an accreditation.

Developing properties has been a personal interest of Bens, and having completed a number of projects, he currently spends his spare time restoring a beautiful period property.

Carolyn Hiscocks

Architectural Technician

Carolyn Hiscocks

Architectural Technician

Jon McManus BA (Hons)

CAD Technician

Jon joins the DMP team bringing with him over 10 years of construction industry and design experience.

Starting his career studying Graphic Design at the University of Brighton and achieving a BA (Hons), Jon has continued to expand his personal development attaining an envious portfolio of evidence.

Amongst other awards, Jon went on to showcasing his passion and excellence in design by winning the coveted "Yellow Pencil Award" for outstanding packing design.

In his spare time Jon enjoys outdoor pursuits including snowboarding, and loves eating a hot Croque Monsier after a morning on the French Alps. With his busy family life and currently studying Chinese, he has confessed that he enjoys coming to work for some peace and quiet!

Claudine Harper

Financial Administrator

Claudine Harper

Financial Administrator

Claudine joins us bringing a wealth of finance and customer service experience having worked in the industry for many years. Claudine's key responsibility is the day to day financial management and reporting, including invoicing and accounts payable. In addition, showcasing her design flare by creating and publishing online marketing media.

Achieving a core DMP value within "Smart People" she recently successfully accomplished a Level 2 Foundation in Bookkeeping and is now planning on studying the advanced course.

In her spare time Claudine enjoys keeping fit and active with regular Yogo and fitness classes. All this exercise allows her to indulge in her guilty pleasures, which is; boiled marrow covered in a cheese sauce, Or a Bhuna curry, Or spaghetti bolognese with mature cheese on top!.... choices, choices, choices, this is making our mouth water!

Claudine enjoys playing super sleuth and detective while reading Sherlock Holmes. We're sure these talents will be put to good use while working with our "facts & figures!"

Claudine prides herself on her attention to detail, conscientious nature and being a fast learner. These are the perfect "ingredients" for a successful partnership.

Katharine Chewter ACCA

Finance Controller

Kat has been working within the finance sector for over 10 years and has been part of the DMP family since 2013. Katherine’s key responsibility is for financial accountancy and payroll.

Outside of work Kat succeeds in ‘balancing the book’s with looking after two children and also manages to find time to indulge in the silver screen.

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant


Thank you very much for the attention and support you gave me when I completed my work experience with you a few weeks ago.

I believe I learned a lot and my experience has definitely inspired me to do something in the region of Building Surveying in the future. Although it was only three days I would definitely recommend DMP to peers.

Tonbridge School

Work Experience Placement

Nice environment… friendly atmosphere, helpful colleagues. Professional and efficient work-wise, and careful with data and procedures.

Current Employee via Glassdoor.co.uk

Financial Assistant

Small close-knit team…everyone works together…good work/personal life balance.

Former Employee

Offers training for those who are interested in learning and progression…your contribution are noticed.

Travel time to the office can be tricky depending on the time of day.

Current Employee

DMP comes highly recommended in the Construction world in the South East. They work with many notable Clients and take pride in training and supporting their staff to make the most of their skills and expertise.

I am proud to be a member!

Current Employee

Admin Assistant

I spent a year at DMP whilst on a university placement fulfilling both building surveying and project management duties… experience and knowledge gained was particularly beneficial and left me in a great position for my final year.

Very little to change…team bonding and social occasions were a nice touch.

Former Employee

The reputation of Douglas Moat plus the varied and interesting projects they work on are what initially attracted me to join the business…When my personal circumstances changed they were flexible enough to review my hours.

Former Employee



Based in Tunbridge Wells, Douglas Moat Practice was born.

DMP 1995


First website created for Douglas Moat Practice, featuring updated Logo.

DMP 1999


John Whitlock joined the team as an Architectural Technician.


Tunbridge Wells saw the 100th anniversary of “Royal” Tunbridge Wells, granted by King Edward VII in 1909.


Douglas Moat Practice brand update and redesigned website, featuring new logo.

DMP 2009


London Riots

Douglas Moat Practice were instructed following the summer riots of 2011. The forthcoming works involved the successful reinstatement of mid terraced mixed use property following complete collapse, restoration of a pub and office building and general repairs to high street retail units.


London Olympics

Douglas Moat Practice had a piece of the historical action delivering up the conversion of the ‘Red-Brick Co-Op’ building in Woolwich into 120 bedroom hotel in readiness for the Italian Equestrian team stay for the Summer 2012 Olympics.  


Douglas Moat Practice was commissioned to undertake an acquisition survey of Lower Pantiles for a local land owner.

Historic Royal Victoria House was part of this acquisition, where Queen Victoria frequented.


Argos Hill Windmill 

Douglas Moat Practice were appointed to assist obtaining a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and administer the contract for restoration. 


Planning obtained for prestigious land registry building in Tunbridge Wells, known as Forest Court. Comprehensive planning phases were undertaken to achieve granted planning permission for 40,000 sq ft extension, car parking and landscaping.


Douglas Moat Practice leading the way with new Permitted Development rights, allowing office space to be converted to residential. To date, overseeing and supporting schemes being completed in; Royal Borough of Greenwich, Wandsworth Borough Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Adur & Worthing Council, Lewes District Council and Maidstone Borough Council, just to name a few.


Acting for large property Investment Company, Douglas Moat Practice were lead Architect for the redevelopment of a new 32,000 sq ft retail store, which was pre let to TK Maxx and included in the scheme was an additional 5,000 sq of retail space.  


John Whitlock successfully acquired Douglas Moat Practice and became Managing Partner. 


Douglas Moat Practice design wins major shop front accolade. John Whitlock accepted the award from the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells at the Civic Society award ceremony. The design has been chosen by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council as the blue print for which all other conservation shop fronts should emulate in the vicinity of the Opera House.


Following a devastating fire in 2013, Douglas Moat Practice managed the complex stages of the historic reinstatement of Webbs of Tenderden in the Jewel of the Weald.


DMP established - Launch of new company name, image and responsive website.

DMP Logo


Unveiled 2016, DMP made significant contribution securing complex planning for the restoration of Grade 2* listed Argos Hill Windmill, East Sussex, dating from 1835.



DMP-LLP Company valuesDMP issue new 'Company Values' for 2017!

DMP-LLP company values


DMP become regulated by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS logo


Ben Carey Promoted to Associate Partner


DMP Accredited by The Living Wage Foundation

The living wage rate is calculated to reflect the real cost of living. With over 3700 UK employers committed to the initiative.

DMP-LLP Living Wage logo


Exciting NEW marketing logo to develop the DMP brand, showcasing our top line services "at a glance"


Proudly Achieved ISO9001 Quality Management Accreditation

In partnership with BSI DMP has successfully been awarded International Organisation of Standardisation ISO9001 

DMP-LLP ISO9001 assurance logo

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