Building Consultancy

BERRYS BUILDING CONSULTANCY PROVIDES:

• A comprehensive range of high level consultancy services to save time and money whilst providing complete peace of mind.
• RICS Building Surveyors with unrivalled local market knowledge deliver expert advice and guidance to help make informed decisions.
• In-house CAD design team to give life to your new projects and to provide supporting plans for alterations, repairs or legal issues.

Led by senior practitioners, the consultancy team combines technical expertise with commercial insight and market awareness to meet specific client requirements and achieve successful outcomes.

Berrys’ experienced team of RICS regulated building surveyors provide a full range of commercial and residential building consultancy services throughout the UK, working closely with the in-house CAD design team for complete support on all survey and design work.

EFFECTIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Our project managers are ready to help on all types of construction projects, from new build, to refurbishments and repair contracts. We will work with you from initial brief and concept stage, through to procurement, design, specification and on to the final delivery stages, ensuring your project progresses on budget and on time.

PARTY WALL ACT ADVICE & EXPERT WITNESS
Both building owners and adjoining owners have obligations under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which can often lead to potentially difficult situations. Our highly experienced team provide expert advice, including the preparation and service of notices and agreements of awards, and specialise in dispute resolution in relation to boundary lines and expert witness evidence at mediation or in court.

FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR INFORMED DECISIONS
Feasibility studies are critical in determining whether potential new schemes are both commercially and technically viable.

That is why we offer a comprehensive service that includes the production of schematic plans, initial budget costings and pre-acquisition building surveys for investment or occupational purposes. Working closely with our dedicated Planning Consultancy department at every step of the way, we’ll provide the information to help you make the right decisions.

INSIGHTFUL PRE-ACQUISITION SURVEYS
We can undertake pre-acquisition surveys on all types of commercial, residential, leisure and retail buildings for investment or occupational purposes, also recommending and co-ordinating the services of other professional and specialist consultants, such as mechanical and engineers. Our final, comprehensive report provides all the information you need to make an informed decision on how to proceed, safeguarding your financial investment.

DEFECT INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS & LIABILITIES
Our Building Consultancy team provide advice on specific building defects with thorough investigation and exploratory work. If required, we’ll work alongside other specialists, such as structural engineers, to identify the source of the defects, make recommendations and advise on costs of remedial works, including advice on liabilities under commercial leases and construction warranties.

CONDITION SURVEYS FOR ACCURATE BENCHMARKING
A schedule of condition benchmarks a property’s state of repair and records all defects at a given point in time, providing fact based evidence to safeguard your property. Berrys can undertake condition surveys on all types of buildings, preparing a comprehensive report that includes detailed schedules of condition for limiting liabilities under a full repairing and insuring lease.

We are also able to carry out condition surveys for both landlords and tenants who wish to understand their repairing liabilities under a lease, providing accurate advice to help make future decisions.

CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN & MANAGEMENT REGULATION
With a wealth of experience in providing quality health and safety risk management support and advice, we provide a full range of services both as Principal Designer and other CDM duty holders to help progress your construction projects through to successful and safe delivery.

CAD SERVICES – GIVING LIFE TO IDEAS
Having a specialist in-house CAD team means that we can fulfil all your design requirements, bringing your ideas and concepts to life. Our range of skills and experience means we can deliver measured surveys and floor plans for leases, design and drawings for planning applications, and concept drawings for site layouts. In addition we can also prepare Land Registry compliant lease plans and detailed construction drawings for building regulations and as-built drawings for contract purposes.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE & FORECASTS
Providing accurate and timely advice on preventative maintenance protects the value of your assets and helps budget more efficiently. We regularly utilise our substantial experience in developing planned preventative maintenance programmes for individual properties and portfolios. These include providing advice on the condition of the property, recommendations for maintenance work required, and a complete forecast on the expenditure involved.

DILAPIDATIONS & ALTERATIONS EXPERTISE
Both landlords and tenants often require advice on liabilities imposed under a lease with respect to repairs, decorations and reinstatement. With extensive experience of undertaking dilapidation negotiations, our dedicated RICS Regulated Valuations department can advise on the effects of diminution in property value on a particular claim.

When it comes to alterations, we are able to assist tenants by preparing and submitting an application (including plan drawings and specification of works) to the landlord. We also advise landlords on the implications of granting such a licence to the tenant, helping them protect their tenancy and safeguard their asset.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION & EXPERT WITNESS
If regular negotiations fail or break down, we are able to step in and handle disputes, providing expert advice and guidance for fast, favourable outcomes on a range of issues including:

• Dilapidations
• Service charges
• Contested lease renewals
• Rights of light
• Boundary lines
• Party walls
• Technical due diligence
• Development monitoring
• Negligence cases

We are also able to act as an expert witness to give evidence on disputes, and all property and construction matters, for judicial or tribunal proceedings, helping protect your assets and maintain your legal position.

REINSTATEMENT COST ASSESSMENT FOR INSURANCE
Most UK insurance underwriters require a professional evaluation of a building’s rebuild cost known as a Reinstatement Cost Assessment (RCA); its accuracy is crucial to ensure that a property is adequately insured.
With extensive experience across all property sectors, we produce RCAs in accordance with the RICS Best Practice Guidance, providing you with complete peace of mind.

 

Trevor Goodman -
Chartered Building Surveyor
01536 213163
trevor.goodman@berrys.uk.com
John Rivett -
Chartered Surveyor
01536 213161
john.rivett@berrys.uk.com