We offer a full spectrum of building surveying services including technical due diligence and building surveys, dilapidations, building pathology, maintenance planning and management, dispute resolution and reinstatement cost assessments.
Ensuring that a building operates sustainably is important for a broad variety of reasons including operating cost, statutory compliance, value maintenance and enhancement and corporate social responsibility. We offer a range of environmental sustainability consulting services including pre-development assessment and building adaptation and optimisation.
KPG Associates Professional Services
We provide a full spectrum of building surveying services to residential, educational, ecclesiastical and commercial properties:
- Building surveys for residential properties.
- Due diligence pre acquisition surveys for commercial buildings.
- Building Defect Analysis – diagnosis and repair (dampness, roofing problems, cracking, leaks etc)
- Planned Maintenance Programmes (PMP).
- Quinquennial surveys.
- Schedule of Condition.
- Ingoing Schedules of Condition for leasehold properties.
- Landlord and tenant matters.
- Reinstatement Costs Assessments (RCA) for buildings insurance purposes.
- Development monitoring.
- Statutory Compliance
- Life Cycle Assessments
- Building Adaptation and Optimisation
Building Surveys for Residential Properties
We can provide a comprehensive building survey on a property that you are looking to purchase highlighting any defects or maintenance issues that may affect your decision.
Technical Due Diligence Surveys
Technical due diligence (TDD) calls for experienced building surveyors to inspect and analyse both the physical building as well as environmental and legal issues, to help identify the limitations and opportunities of an investment.
We will consider landlord obligations and any tenant liabilities and assess the potential for enhancing value.
M&E services installations also require thorough investigation, as often replacement costs of heating, cooling, ventilation, lifts and drainage are significant. We can appoint on your behalf specialist engineers to assess these installations.
We can also advise tenants of their potential liability in respect of repairing obligations, both during and at the end of their lease.
Building Inspections, Building Pathology and Defects Analysis
This country has an aging building stock, along with changing lifestyles, change of use from the original design, poor maintenance or poor construction and design, buildings and their elements will fail, with resultant expenditure for those parties responsible for their upkeep. Changes in legislation, such as fire safety, can lead to additional expenditure.
We use our expertise on legislation, construction methods and materials, both current and historic, to carry out site inspections and appraisals, identify and analyse any defects and provide advice on the cause, implications and remedies. We can also assist in specifying remedial works and managing the repairs process.
Landlords will want to preserve the value of their assets by ensuring tenants comply with their repairing obligations; therefore we encourage regular property inspections, followed up with Repairing Notices, and in the case of more serious transgressions, Interim Schedules of Dilapidations. Following expiry of a lease a landlord will seek compensation for any losses incurred as a result of a tenant failing to comply with their lease obligations.
At lease expiry a tenant will need advice on the validity of a landlord’s claim, but also during leases dilapidations assessments are a useful budgeting tool to ensure provision has been made for valid claims for end of lease dilapidations.
We act on behalf of both landlords and tenants in resolving dilapidations disputes, both during and at the end of leases. Such claims are often complex and technical, and expert advice should be sought at the earliest opportunity.
Schedules of Condition
A Schedule of Condition records the condition of a property at the start of a new lease, to limit a tenant’s liability in respect of existing disrepair.
We carry out a detailed inspection to record the property’s condition, and produce a report (either photographic or with text). Whilst we act independently, the report often needs to be accepted by both landlord and tenant, so we agree any amendments before issuing the final version for incorporation into the lease. We can also liaise with solicitors regarding the wording of the repairing clause, to ensure this accurately represents the intentions of both parties.
Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)
Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) is an essential aspect of property management that involves the scheduled and proactive maintenance of assets or buildings, aimed at preserving their value and extending their lifespan.
At KPG Associates, we recognise the importance of PPM in ensuring the effective management of property portfolios and individual buildings, and we offer a range of services to help our clients maximize their value and performance.
A detailed PPM plan is essential for budgeting maintenance expenditure and life cycle costing.
We advise landlords, managing agents, board of directors for Right to Manage (RTM), facilities managers and occupiers, to maximise the value of property portfolios and individual buildings.
Once a PPM plan has been adopted, we provide advice on the procurement and subsequent management of works, including maintenance contracts for mechanical and electrical (M&E) services. Our team has extensive experience in managing maintenance works and contracts, ensuring that they are completed to the highest standards of quality, safety, and sustainability, and that they are delivered on time and within budget.
Building Reinstatement Cost Assessments (RCAs)
Building insurance is a complex issue, and accurately assessing building reinstatement costs is key to avoid either over insuring (possibly leading to tenant disputes) or under insuring (leaving assets at risk in the event of full or partial damage).
Our comprehensive understanding of different forms of construction, coupled with our on-line building cost database ensures we arrive at a realistic re-building cost.
Our assessment of the property normally includes undertaking thorough site inspections and measurement, although we are also able to undertake desktop-based assessments from areas or drawings supplied to us.
For religious facilities, it is a requirement to have a quinquennial survey or inspection carried out every five years to assess the condition of the building and advise on future repairs and maintenance requirements. Our consultancy provides professional and reliable quinquennial survey services, aimed at helping our clients ensure that their religious buildings are well-maintained and safe for use.
Our team of experienced surveyors conduct a thorough inspection of the building’s fabric, structure, and services, identifying any defects or deficiencies that may require attention. We prepare a detailed report that highlights the condition of the building, identifies any urgent or significant repair works required, and provides recommendations on the priority and timing of any maintenance or remedial works.
Our goal is to provide our clients with a clear understanding of the condition of their religious building, enabling them to plan and budget for any necessary repairs or maintenance works in a timely and cost-effective manner. We take pride in our attention to detail and our commitment to delivering high-quality and reliable services that meet the needs and expectations of our clients.
Development Monitoring & Management
Development monitoring is usually carried out on behalf of commercial lenders, banks and occupiers to ensure that their investments into development projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the required standards.
With expert knowledge in Surveying and Project Management we will oversee the construction process in design, specification and contract administration for both residential and commercial developments. Our role usually starts prior to construction and continues right through the whole project until practical completion.
Our role is to protect the lenders investment by identifying and addressing significant risks throughout the project’s duration.