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Projects - Professional Services

Building Surveys and Schedules of Condition

For commercial or residential properties, we will investigate and assess the construction and condition of buildings and associated grounds, provding advice on any remedial measures and budget costings.

We will prepare Schedules of Condition for either an attachment to a lease for limiting a tenant's dilapidations liability, or in support of Party Wall matters to protect adjoining owners' properties prior to commencement of building works

Party Wall Matters

In accordance with the Party Wall etc Act 1996, we will act in the following capacities:

> As adviser in the first instance for the building or adjoining owner
> As Party Wall Surveyor out of a dispute between 2 owners
> In building projects, guiding the project team on the applicability of the Act

CDM-Coordination

In accordance with the requirements of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007, we will work closely with the project team to coordinate the health & safety aspects of the planning and design stages of a construction project, leading to the provision of a Health & Safety File on completion of works.

We are able to offer a no obligation refresher 'toolbox talk' to project team members on request.

Access Auditing

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 (formerly Disability Discrimination Act 1995), we act in the following capacities for service providers:

Reviewing architectural schemes for reasonable provisions of accessibility

Carrying out 'access audits' of premises and services to enable clients to make informed decisions for planning and implementing reasonable changes that improve accessibility

Expert Witness

In accordance with Civil Procedure Rules, we can carry out expert witness duties in building related disputes, relating to building defects or boundary matters, provding advice or reports for the court. We will always ensure four questions are answered:

   What is the purpose?  What are the issues?  What are the facts?  What are the opinions?

Development Monitoring

For funding institutions, we will work independently but closely with organisations, such as banks, to pro-actively advise of risks associated with a building development, to protect the funder's interests in the development as it progresses.

Condition Surveys & Planned Maintenance

By undertaking condition surveys of property portfolios we can assist a client in ultimately using and maintaining data to not only carry out financial and work planning of premises, typical over a 5-10 year period, but also enable prioritisation of building deficiencies identified. Our system eliminates the need for future wholesale re-appraisals.

Dilapidations

Following the legally adopted procedures of the Civil Procedure Rules, we will assess landlord or tenant parties' obligations according to the lease, to determine whether or not obligations have been complied with and a breach of covenant exists. Typically, four key areas are reviewed: reinstatement, decorating and repairing obligations plus statutory compliance.

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