John Newton

Head of TFT’s Cardiff office, John’s areas of expertise are technical due diligence, project monitoring, project management and party walls, but he also advises on dilapidations, contract administration and defect analysis. John’s most notable instructions include monitoring of the Government Property Unit, Central Square in Cardiff and the Aston Martin Production Facility in St Athan, both on behalf of Legal and General. Both are major investments into the South Wales economy and a catalyst for the growth of the ‘City Region’.

John was also engaged on the TDD and subsequent asset management on behalf of Cording RE on a portfolio of industrial and leisure property across South Wales. His other major clients include Aviva, Castlegate, RBSl, Principality BS, Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group, Admiral Insurance, Naissance Capital, Cording Real Estate, Aberdeen Asset Management, Tesco and Screwfix.

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I was privileged to be involved in the TDD process at Broadgate, London; the largest Investment deal in the UK at the time and such a large-scale prestigious development. It ticked most of the boxes for why I enjoy doing what I do.

I love the travel aspect, as this job takes you all over the UK and into Europe – maybe beyond in future years, watch this space. You go to rooftops with views to die for and see things not generally available to the general public from the nooks and crannies you have to crawl into. And you get to meet interesting people from all walks of life.

I have been involved with many prestigious and landmark buildings throughout the UK, which gives me great pride. Last but not least, I enjoy the day-to-day variety that is part of being a building surveyor.

After work, I generally enjoy socialising with friends and family. At weekends, doing the usual stuff: a bit of cycling, listening to music, attending concerts etc. I have done several cycling sportives and try to ride to work two or three times a week, if travel permits.

I am a proud Welshman and follow all things sport, particularly my home-town clubs Cardiff City FC (CCFC) and Cardiff Blues. I have been blessed with 15 great years at CCFC visiting the FA Cup Final, Carling Cup Final and winning promotion to the Premier League – sadly these times didn’t last that long! I also follow the Welsh Rugby team, The Lions (mostly Welsh guys!!) and the Welsh Football team.