We are a North East based firm of Chartered Building Surveyors providing a range of services to the residential property market.

We carry out Residential Market Valuations, Homebuyers Surveys, our ‘Smart Survey’ Product and Residential Building and Structural Surveys.


We take a real pride in the services we provide, so much so, our motto is “Proud to be Professional”. Going the extra mile is normal for us and our commitment to excellence using our wealth of experience drives us to meet our customer’s needs.


After a head-on motorbike accident in June 2006 Managing Director Colin Bell reassessed his career and when an opportunity for voluntary redundancy came up, he took it and set up his own Chartered Building Surveyors and Chartered Building Consultancy… Paramount Associates Limited.

Colin says: “I was proud of my career history which had taken me from a trade background, then through local authority, private sector and housing association roles. I knew when I started Paramount Associates that I could take this experience and offer expertise, professionalism and diversity to potential clients without being ‘stiff-shirted’ in my approach”.

We are a family practice; Colin works with his Wife Dawn who manages the administration and back office roles. “We have built up a good long-term client base of business referrers and private clients who continue to take advantage of the range of professional services we offer”

Meet The Team.

<strong>Colin Bell
Colin BellManaging Director
The son of a Miner, born in Wallsend and living in Northumberland, Colin started his career as a Joiner until the age of 24, but luckily, he also had the bug for education, and had been studying alongside his role at Newcastle College and Northumbria University part time.

As he studied hard, he worked his way up first in Local Authority, then the Private Sector, then onto a large Social Landlord Gentoo, ending up as Head of Technical Services before leaving and setting up Paramount Associates Limited.
He has over 35 years’ experience in the operations, procurement and management of surveying, building and maintenance in both the public and private sectors.

In 2011, Colin was inaugurated as National President of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and stated “I was honoured to have been National President of CABE. It is a prestigious organisation where members in the built environment and building maintenance fields get together, to further develop their professional standards and most importantly of all, to provide professional networking opportunities to share innovation and best practice amongst members”.

“During my year as president, it was particularly enjoyable to speak to CABE members around the UK and Ireland; it was also a pleasure and honour to attend the Queens garden party at Buckingham Palace in 2012”.

Colin has a BSc Honours degree in Building Surveying and is a Corporate Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE); a Corporate Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), a Corporate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a Corporate Member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors (FPWS).

<strong>Dawn Bell
Dawn BellOffice Manager
Dawn is Colin’s wife and right-hand woman dealing with all of the enquiries and back-office work.

She started working in the family business in December 2020 after working for Virgin Money for over 17 Years as a Mortgage Underwriter so has come with a wealth of knowledge.

Dawn was born in Carlisle and moved to the North East over 30yrs ago. She has 2 sons and 2 grandsons.