About Copper Seed

Victoria abseiling with Goleman Group in Wellington

Copper Seed Limited is a personalised building consultancy service for owners and occupiers of commercial buildings in New Zealand. Services are  tailored to suit the needs of the Client as well as the building to ensure independent and appropriate advice is always provided.

Copper Seed is owned and operated by Victoria Richardson, a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 15 years experience. As a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Victoria’s approach embodies the standards set by the Institution and all work is undertaken in accordance with RICS Best Practice Guidelines.

Victoria is also a qualified industrial abseiler which allows her to access parts of buildings that are usually out of reach for most surveyors. This provides a unique perspective and ensures the condition of major elements, like facades, can be fully understood.


Over the years I have inspected everything from tunnels under historic courts to high-rise office buildings. Each building has had its own story to tell and something to teach me.

These days I specialise in abseil high-rise façade inspections. Abseiling gives me a totally different perspective – it allows me to touch, pull, tap and prod a façade so I can really understand its condition.

There are days when I question why I am dangling from a building instead of being inside it but, for me, this is where I can add the most value, as façades are often one of the most neglected and misunderstood elements.  

– Victoria Richardson BSC (Hons) MRICS

Victoria abseiling West Plaza in Auckland