Building Surveys and Due Diligence

Building Survey, Vendor Survey, Acquisition Report, Due Diligence Report, Condition Report –  whichever is needed the appropriate survey is perhaps one of the most important reports when acquiring a property to present the information required to make an informed purchase, or in the case of Vendor Survey a timely disposal.  Reports can be tailored to suit your particular requirements or those of your funders or partners. To supplement the survey JCBC can organise asbestos or material testing as well as coordinating other specialists.

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Building Defects

JCBC undertakes building defect analysis on all types of property, whilst particularly specialising in commercial properties.  An extensive knowledge and understanding of construction enables diagnosis and rectification of many defects including cracking, damp and water ingress, roofing, movement and the like.

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Planning and Development

JCBC are familiar with all stages of the planning and development process, having acted as development manager and project manager on a variety of instructions. JCBC has in-depth knowledge of building regulations, planning requirements and mitigating risk for clients during this complex process.

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Feasibility or Viability Studies

JCBC can prepare costed feasibility reports to allow early identification of risk and programme. On more complex projects this will be prepared in conjunction with the architect and perhaps a wider design team, with JCBC in the role of Project Manager.

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Design Specification & Fit Out

JCBC regularly undertake specification of repairs, refurbishments and fitting out. Often this is carried out in conjunction with contract administration and CDM roles on the same projects, in order to ensure the clients’ objectives are delivered.

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Contract Administration

Procuring building works and projects on the correct form of contract and administering the terms of the building contract is a frequent and common role for building surveyors due to the strength of our construction and contract knowledge. On more complex projects JCBC will work with your construction lawyers on the bespoke amendments typically required for Agreements for Lease, Development Agreements and the like.

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Insurance (Reinstatement and Valuations)

JCBC have also undertaken numerous reinstatement works following flood and fire damage, requiring liaison with loss adjusters and insurers over the loss, organising emergency repairs and overseeing the reinstatement works.

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Licence to Alter

Tenant alterations under the terms of leases require documenting, typically in a Licence to Alter. JCBC can assist occupiers apply to Landlords with the correct level of information to allow works to progress in a timely manner.   For landlords, assessing applications and monitoring works to ensure tenants are not undertaking detrimental works to the asset all in conjunction with the ability for reinstatement is essential.

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Dilapidations

JCBC have extensive experience of the dilapidations process for Landlords and Tenants alike and can lead you through the process – assessing options, negotiating settlements and securing the best possible outcome.  Fully managing construction, repair or reinstatement works (which may be necessary as part of the dilapidations process) are also services which JCBC are experienced in.

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Schedules of Condition

When entering into a new lease it is sometimes required to record the condition of a premises or demise as a benchmark for future repairing obligations, (typically Dilapidations).  The schedules can be several or indeed several hundred pages long depending on complexity. The accuracy of a schedule is unlikely to be tested until you need to rely on it. JCBC understand the importance of accuracy in the report to define repairing obligations no matter what the property type.

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