db+PAUL 01749 677169
db+PAUL - Chartered Building Surveyors - Wells Somerset


db+PAUL is a long-established small firm based in Wells with over 30 years of experience in providing surveying, planning consultancy and architectural design services to the Mendip area and beyond.

Are you buying a property and need a Building Survey?

Or maybe you’re looking for help to bring your own building idea to life?

Our friendly team of Building Surveyors and Architectural Technicians can help you.

db+PAUL can offer advice and practical solutions for all your building-related queries – from planning a new build or extension, applying for Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval, to examining the structural condition of an existing property – we can help!

Call us now on 01749 677169 for a free consultation, or drop us an email to info@dbpaul.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!



Jim Paul - Linked InDirector & Principal Surveyor – James Paul FRICS

Jim became a member of RICS in 1980 and was elected a Fellow of the RICS in 1989. As well as running the practice he is experienced in Listed Buildings, detailed planning applications and appeals, design and contract issues and all aspects of Building Surveying. His knowledge of the Wells area and its buildings is unparalleled – both as a lifelong local resident and as a professional Building Surveyor.

Nick German - Linked InDirector & Building Surveyor - Nicholas German BSc Hons

Nicholas joined db+PAUL in 2014 and has since successfully managed a variety of challenging home conversion and extension projects with his natural flair for project management and forward-thinking building designs using AutoCAD.

He is currently undertaking his APC pathway to achieve Chartered status with the RICS, and previously completed his RICS and CIOB-accredited degree in Building Surveying at Anglia Ruskin University.

Linda Hunt - Linked InSenior Building Surveyor – Howard Thomas BSc MRICS

Howard joined db & PAUL in January 2018 as Senior Building Surveyor after 11 years working with Stride Treglown Architects in Bristol, and has over 30 years’ experience working across a wide range of sectors including private residential, local government and commercial.

His experience includes project design, specification and management (refurbishment and new build), measured surveys, condition surveys of both domestic and commercial premises, historic buildings and conservation, maintenance and repairs, defects analysis, expert witness, party wall matters and accessibility. Howard is also presently a member of BUILD2LC, a European funded steering group based in Gloucester looking at fuel poverty and low carbon initiatives.

Architectural Design CAD Technician – Linda Hunt HNC

Linda has an HNC in Construction and Property and has previously worked extensively with AutoCAD on various projects, including measured surveys and space planning for NHS Salford.


Jeni Oborn - Linked InSenior Secretary - Jeni Oborn

Jeni is usually your first point of contact at db+PAUL as secretary to Jim Paul, and is responsible for the the day to day running of the office. Jeni will be pleased to arrange appointments and advise you of our services, particularly with regard to Building Surveys and RICS Homebuyers Reports. She also carries out general office administration and correspondence.

Jeni is the office emergency first aider.