ehB’s help at 11th hour saves Guinness World Record attempt

A Leamington firm of surveyors stepped in at the 11th hour to save a Guinness World Record attempt held to support a charity helping homeless and vulnerable people in the town.

The effort to create the world’s largest blanket fort was held at Warwick University last summer, in aid of the LWS Night Shelter, which is based at Leamington Priors Club.

The blanket fort team feared they would have to abandon their attempts to get the 432.16 sq. m creation recognised as a world record, as they needed a chartered surveyor to certify it and were let down at the last minute.

Luckily, this news made it to Scott Blake, director and chartered surveyor at ehB Reeves, based in Clarendon Place, Leamington Spa, who offered to independently verify the floor area of the fort.

The new world record was confirmed by Guinness in December, meaning the existing record of 306.9 sq. m has been beaten.

“The organisers needed someone to help out at the last minute and I was more than happy to step in and do my bit,” said Scott.

“The LWS Shelter does a fantastic job of proving food, shelter and company to homeless and vulnerable people so was a very worthy cause to support.”

In a letter to Scott, Emma Clifford, project leader at Blanket Fort, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to you for being the independent surveyor for our Guinness World Record attempt.

“Without you stepping in at the last minute, we would have had to abandon trying to get officially recognised as a World Record.”

Scott Blake - Blanket Fort world record



Our Surveying Team

Simon Hain

Simon Hain has worked as a commercial property consultant in Leamington Spa since 1984 and has been very active within the local community and is a former chairman of Leamington and District Round Table and trustee of various local charities. Simon specialises in Commercial Agency, Development, Acquisitions and Corporate Property Advice and is a director of ehB Reeves.

Nick Evans

Nick is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked in Leamington Spa since 1992. Born in Warwick, Nick is a Fellow of the RICS, Registered Valuer, RICS Accredited Mediator and former Chairman of the RICS Coventry and Warwickshire Local Association. Nick generally concentrates on Valuation and Professional / Landlord and Tenant work as well as Investments and Corporate Property Advice for clients and is a director of ehB Reeves.  

Scott Blake

Scott is a Chartered Surveyor having worked in general practice surveying in the West Midlands area since 1991and mainly within the Coventry and Warwickshire area. He has a wide range of experience dealing with commercial property matters including professional valuation services for private and corporate clients, other professional work including rent reviews, lease renewals, business rate appeals as well as commercial agency investment acquisitions and disposals. Scott is a director of ehB Reeves.

Stuart Gregory

Stuart heads our property management department working closely with clients to maximise returns from their property assets. He advises a number of private investors, high net worth individuals, property companies, pension funds and organisations with a charitable status, dealing with all aspects of the management of their property investments. Stuart is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in Landlord & Tenant and general practice work in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. He joined Reeves & Partners in 2001 and is a Director of the firm.  

Robert Hawkins

Robert is a Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience in the property business, having worked on both sides of the fence, as adviser and client, in all market sectors and on properties and portfolios large and small. He enjoys dealing with all aspects of commercial property and acting for all types of client.

Jonathan Blood

Jon is as newly qualified Chartered Surveyor. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) degree from Sheffield University Jon started his career in Residential Agency whereby he became a member of the National Association of Estate Agents and subsequently also successfully completed a BTEC in Residential Lettings Management.  Having made the transition to commercial property , he started out as an office agent in Birmingham focusing on both the city and out of town markets. Areas Jon cover include: Commercial Agency, Development and Acquisitions .

Phil Harvey

Having joined Reeves & Partners in 2011, Phil has over 18 years’ experience in the Property industry specialising in Commercial Property Management. Phil works closely with a wide range of clients including private investment companies, pension fund operators and religious organisations advising on all aspects of Property and asset management. Phil is an experienced and valued member of the Property Management team and has acted across a wide range of property sectors including residential, industrial, office and retail. Outside of the office, Phil enjoys music, reading and Formula One.

Nigel Grugeon

Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 years' experience in General Practice. Originally with a background in commercial property he has for many years concentrated on providing general consultancy advice to his many charity clients throughout the UK, occasionally involving properties in Ireland, France, Belgium and Italy. Nigel’s work covers a wide range of activities associated with charity owned properties which include the sales and acquisitions of substantial Estates, of properties in the healthcare and education sectors as well as development land and conventional domestic residences. Formerly based in the City of London, Nigel joined Reeves & Partners in 2010 adding his many clients to the firm's already substantial charity client base.

Sam Hain

Sam Hain joined us in the summer of 2017, shortly after graduating from the University of the West of England, Bristol with a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations

Sam started work in asset management department, working as a graduate asset manager and will soon be starting his assessment of professional competence (APC) - the on-the-job training scheme graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor.

Sam grew up in Warwickshire and attended Warwick School and outside of work, he enjoys playing golf and football and is a Coventry City supporter.