Building Consultancy

Building Consultancy
The Building Consultancy team at Stratton Creber Commercial provide advice to identify and manage the obligations and risks in owning, investing in, or occupying property. Through the entire life of the property from construction, refurbishment and demolition our services are tailored to meet our clients’ requirements and support businesses and investment.

Obtaining good advice will ensure you are aware of risks, protect against reputational damage and ensure your property asset best suits your business or aims.

Our Building Consultancy Surveyors specialise in the process of construction and design of buildings, diagnosing building defects and the legal liabilities of occupation and building contracts.

We provide the following core areas of expertise and service:

ACQUISITION ADVICE

LANDLORD AND TENANT ADVICE

PROJECT WORK – new-build, refurbishment, fit-out, relocation, maintenance

OCCUPIER SUPPORT

ACQUISITION ADVICE

Commercial Building Survey – (freehold, investment and leasehold) Detailed inspection and report for owners or investors. Identifying poorly built or defective elements and wider considerations including legal liabilities or potential restrictions on use. With respect to leasehold purchases or elements we can include an assessment of dilapidations. We can also consider your plans for the building and help identify any potential restrictions.

Monitoring Surveyor Development – Monitoring of work to check progress and valuations for tenants, purchasers or lending.

Reinstatement costing for insurance (fire insurance valuations) – Calculation of the correct reinstatement cost for a building in the event it is destroyed by fire or other insured risks. Based on a building inspection, measurement and building cost information data the surveyor will calculate the reinstatement cost to ensure your premises are insured for the correct amount.

Planned maintenance report – inspection and establishment of a programme of planned maintenance work to meet budgets and keep your premises in good order.

Building defect investigation – Investigation, diagnosis and reporting on particular building problems and recommendations for remedial works.

Feasibility Studies – Assessment of a proposed project or business aim to evaluate and analyse the options. This may include considering improvements to existing accommodation, extension or relocation. Calculations of the future space a business requires and the required features can form the basis of an agency search or development brief.

CONTACT
Matthew Williams MRICS RMaPS BSc(Hons) Building Surveying
– Tel: 07834 996419

LANDLORD AND TENANT ADVICE

Schedule of Dilapidations – A Terminal schedule of Dilapidations, identifying breaches of tenant’s covenants approaching the lease end. Prepared on behalf of the landlord for service on the tenant and which sets out works expected to return the property in the correct order or as a basis for a financial claim.

Schedule of Condition – A photographic and written record of the condition of a property for a landlord or tenant, intended for attachment to a lease. By agreement, setting a standard for future repair under the lease covenants.

Interim Schedules – Schedule of breaches of covenants contained in a lease, during a lease term, for service on a landlord or tenant to encourage repairs to be undertaken and comply with the lease, or if required a basis for legal action.

Negotiation of dilapidation settlements – Defending tenants against incorrect interim or terminal claims for dilapidations, on receipt of a dilapidations schedule. Alternatively pursuing dilapidations claims on behalf of landlords.

Dilapidation assessments – understand your or your tenant’s liabilities to make repairs required by the covenants contained in a lease. Assessment of the obligations and financial cost of your liability for accounting or business planning purposes.

CONTACT
Matthew Williams MRICS RMaPS BSc(Hons) Building Surveying
– Tel: 07834 996419

PROJECT WORK – new-build, refurbishment, fit-out, relocation, maintenance

Employers Agent (Design and Build) – Client’s professional construction advisor for design and build procurement.

Project Management – On behalf of a client, providing physical and financial project control of building works from concept to completion. Our involvement would normally involve developing an initial client’s brief, supporting the client in appointing a professional team, setting a procurement route and managing design and construction project meetings on the client’s behalf. We will monitor progress and provide regular progress reports.

Contract Administration – Tendering works, establishment of building contracts and control of the contract including certifying financial stage payments to the contractor and final completion.

Design and Specification – Preparing drawings and correctly detailing works ready to invite tenders or instruct building contractors.

Principal Designer CDM 2015 – Acting as Principal Designer in accordance with the Construction (design and management) Regulations 2015. Coordinating health and safety in the early stages of the project and if required to the handover of the Health and Safety File; to meet the legal requirements of the regulations that apply to nearly all building works.

Party Wall matters – Consideration of work alongside neighbouring property where party walls are involved under the Act. Conforming with the statutory requirements to suit the project, in preparing schedules of condition, negotiating and agreeing party wall awards.

Planning and Building Regulation applications – Pre-application planning enquiry to determine possible development opportunities, submission of planning applications and applications for building control approval.

EPC improvement – planning of works to improve the energy performance of properties and consider the implications of The Energy Act that contains a number of provisions that will affect landlords and tenants.

CONTACT
Matthew Williams MRICS RMaPS BSc(Hons) Building Surveying
– Tel: 07834 996419

OCCUPIER SUPPORT

Planned Maintenance Inspection and maintenance planning inspection and establishment of a programme of planned maintenance work to meet budgets and improve or keep your premises in the correct order. If required organising works and establishing term maintenance contracts.

Defects Diagnosis – Investigation, diagnosis and reporting on particular building problems and recommendations for remedial works.

Assessment of dilapidation Liability – (Landlord or Tenant) understand your or your tenant’s liabilities to make repairs as required by the covenants contained in a lease. Assessment of the obligations and financial cost of your liability for accounting or business planning purposes

Audits for Equality Act (DDA) and Fire Safety – An Audit of your building in accord with the Equality Act (which has replaced the Disability Discrimination Act). A detailed inspection with regard to disability access; to identify potential barriers for people with disabilities and an action plan for improvement. A Fire Safety Audit establishes a written record of your fire risk assessment that is legally required if your business has 5 or more people.

Capital allowance assessment – Working with client’s accountants to identify where capital expenditure incurred on certain assets can reduce taxable profits or taxable income. The large majority of commercial property transactions and building projects result in the need for capital allowances to be considered, specifically when disposing / acquiring property, leasing property, carrying out new-build and refurbishment schemes and undertaking fit-out projects.

Checking reinstatement cost assessment – (Fire Insurance) An initial calculation or check on the correct reinstatement cost for a building in the event it is destroyed by fire or other insured risk. Required in particular after extension or refurbishment of a building and recommended every 3 years to check your building insurance levels are correct.

Feasibility Studies – Assessment of a proposed project or business aim to evaluate and analyse the options. This may include considering improvements to existing accommodation, extension or relocation.

Design, specification and space planning – Preparing drawings and correctly detailing works ready to invite tenders or instruct building contractors.

CONTACT
Matthew Williams MRICS RMaPS BSc(Hons) Building Surveying
Tel: 07834 996419