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Building Works

Our Building Surveyors will discuss your needs and the best way of meeting them. We may recommend an appraisal or suitability study, so that you can assess the costs and benefits of a scheme which fits your needs.

At this stage, we will prepare a Budget Cost and an Outline Programme for the design and building contract periods. As necessary, enquiries will be made to the local Planning Authority to ensure that the proposals satisfy the general planning principles of the area.

Following this preliminary advice, we will prepare a Scheme Design. This will consist of sketch drawings, a basic specification defining the works, followed by a more detailed indication of the costs involved, and a realistic programme. We can advise on the type of building contract and the different contract options that best suit your needs, each of which will require different procedures and we will advise as to the procedures that are necessary to suit your needs.

Our Building Surveyors can prepare the detail design, including full working drawings if required and a specification of work and materials as a basic tender document. Thereafter we will recommend suitable contractors and co-ordinate the invitation and receipt of tenders from these contractors. Analysis of the tenders received, and the recommendations to the client of the most satisfactory contractor will then follow.

During the construction phase we will ensure that the contractor is supplied with all information, and report on the progress and cost of the work as it proceeds. On regular site visits our Building Surveyors can also check quality to ensure that contract conditions are being fully observed. Finally, we will agree the contractor's final account and obtain all the information needed for the compilation of the Health and Safety File.

Employers' Agent

Our Building Surveyors can be selected for the independent role of Project Coordinator. They will assist in formulating briefs, in developing feasibility studies, and in producing programme targets and financial budgets, prior to works commencing on site.

They can independently;

  • Monitor progress on site and give regular comparisons against the contractors' progress reports

  • Monitor quality and advise on standards of workmanship

  • Give advice with regard to the co-ordination of design aspects of multi-use buildings, particularly if different design teams are used for the different parts

  • Give independent advice on cost expenditure

  • Advise on progress and development of detailed design and progress, particularly where the building contract is placed on a design & build basis

Insurance Claims and Reinstatement Works

Where reinstatement works are necessary we will produce budget estimates, draw up detailed specifications, advise on the selection of suitable contractors, prepare the contract document, supervise the works in progress and certify on completion.

We will negotiate on your behalf with the insurance companies' nominated loss adjuster and see the project through to satisfactory completion.

We can also provide a service to assess the associated risks to a building for insurance purposes and assist in preparing contingency plans in the event of a major insurable hazard occurring effect the use of a building.