Our Building Surveying Division is able to offer a comprehensive range of building surveying services to both tenants and landlords in the private and public sectors in relation to commercial, retail, industrial and residential property. We have experts in the following areas:-
Management Consultancy and Strategic Procurement advice:
Project Management, Collaborative Working/Partnering: Project management is a methodical approach to planning and guiding project processes from start to finish. Project Management processes are guided through five stages: initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Project management can be applied to almost any type of project and is widely used to control the complex processes of development projects. Project management is no small task. It has a definite beginning and end, and is not a continuous process. Project management uses various tools to measure progress and track project tasks. Projects need ad-hoc resources, as opposed to businesses that have dedicated full-time positions.
We co-ordinate effective and motivated project teams dedicated to proactive and non-adversarial relationships in order to deliver a high quality end-product, to budget and programme. Our approach to partnering is based on commitment, equity, mutual trust, development and implementation of shared goals and objectives, continuous evaluation and timely responsiveness.
Collaborative working helps people work together to achieve results, including: -
· Lowering the costs of communication, through low cost and free tools, and eliminated travel costs
· Saving time of travelling to external meetings
· More co-ordinated teams
· More knowledgeable teams, armed with updated documents at any location, at any time
· Efficient and effective teams
· Skilled workers, proficient in using online tools.
Acting on behalf of the Client/Employer in respect of administration of a ‘design and build’ contract incorporating issue of Notices and Certificates in respect of:-Preparation of Employer\'s Requirements, documentation in association with Client and other consultants Instructions in respect of expenditure of provisional sums Interim payment Certificates for valuations of works and materials on and off site.
Instructions in respect of variations, changes, confirmation of information and consents, opening up works for inspection, instruct procedure to be adopted in respect of antiquities found on site, advising on conflicts within the contract documentation, value instructions including the effects of postponement of design and/or construction works, including any loss and/or expense and the like.
Statements identifying the part or parts of the works taken into early possession by the Employer.
Certificates of Practical Completion and accompanying schedules of defective works.
Certificates of Making Good Defects at end of defects liability period or at completion of defects (whichever is the latter).
Final Payment Certificate following agreement of Final Statement of Account with contractor and certificate at end of Defects Liability Period.
Costs and expense properly incurred by the Employer should either party determine the contract.
Due Diligence and Construction/Contract Monitoring
Feasibility Studies, value management and benchmarking
Defect Investigation Specification of both repairs/maintenance and new build projects
Property acquisition surveys and building audits
Dilapidations and negotiations on behalf of landlords or tenants
Party Wall Services
Building insurance valuations and reinstatement monitoring Licenses for alterations, access and for oversailing boundaries Schedules of condition, maintenance/repair programmes and lifecycle costing.
Property business is an expensive business whether a shop, office, house, workshop or factory.
You cannot afford to make mistakes. Your solicitor will guide you around the legal pitfalls but a number of practical matters should be investigated.
It is prudent to investigate certain information about the property before an outlay of any financial commitment.
• Is it properly built?
• Does it need extensive repair?
• What are the likely maintenance costs?
Do not forget that, even with a small shop or office suite you may be responsible for a share of the cost of repairing the whole building. The only way to find out about the structural condition is to have a building survey carried out by an expert.
At worst, serious defects may be found and at best you will have the peace of mind of knowing that the building is sound. Many clients, armed with the full facts are able to negotiate for work to be done or the price to be reduced. Others are prevented from making a costly or ill advised purchase. The report can also be used to plan future maintenance.
What will the Surveyor do?
We will look at every part of the property which is readily accessible and give a detailed report on its general condition.
The report will tell you whether the property is structurally sound and if any cracks are significant. It will comment on the condition of the roof and rainwater pipes and let you know if the property is dry and weather tight. It will mention any rising dampness or lack of pointing allowing water to penetrate walls.
Many clients are most concerned about woodworm and dry rot. Depending upon how much of the timber we are able to inspect, we will comment on any problems found and put their seriousness into perspective. If we feel that further intrusive investigations should be made, where we are unable to inspect on our first visit, then we will tell you so.
The plumbing will be examined as far as possible and we will comment on the tanks, cisterns and other items which might cause trouble soon after purchase.
In short, the report will enable you to make decisions about the property before you commit yourself to purchase and afterwards will help you to plan the repairs and maintenance. Remember however, that we cannot take the property to pieces and look at every part. We shall advise you if there are any tell-tale signs which might be a clue to more major defects and if there is something important which we could not inspect.