John Newton

Head of TFT’s Cardiff Office, John’s principle areas of expertise are technical due diligence (UK & Europe), project monitoring, project management and party walls. He also advises on dilapidations, contract administration and defects analysis. John’s most notable recent instructions include monitoring of some of the largest property transactions in Wales including, The Government Property Unit at plots 6&7 and The Transport Interchange at Central Square, Cardiff, both on behalf of Investment Funds belonging to Legal & General. Both developments represent major investments into the Welsh Economy and are seen as a major catalyst for the growth of “The City Region”.

Other TDD instructions have taken John far and wide on his travels throughout the UK and Europe, having recently completed acquisitions on property portfolios on behalf of International Clients within Industrial, Office, Leisure and mixed use sectors. His other major clients include AVIVA, Castleforge, Admiral Insurance, Aberdeen, M7, Mileway, Tesco, B&Q 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.