Detailed building surveys (previously described as full structural surveys) providing a thorough and balanced assessment of the
condition of houses and flats throughout London and the Home Counties.
For buildings under construction, or where existing buildings are being refurbished, the drawings, specifications and building
contracts can be scrutinised as part of a survey, together with
an assessment of work in progress. Guidance is given on the standard of workmanship, compliance with planning consents
and Building Regulations. Deficiencies are listed in snagging
schedules, which may be incorporated by legal advisors into contracts for purchase.
Where needed, following a commitment to purchase, further inspections can be carried out to monitor compliance with
Commercial buildings for purchase, or for lease on full repairing terms are assessed and defects identified where these are likely
to affect use, occupation, or to give rise to substantial service
Guidance is given on compliance with current legislation
particularly in respect of planning, disabled access, emergency escape and health and safety.
Where required, reports from structural and services engineers are arranged alongside the building survey.
Neighbourly agreements under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Appointments are received from building owners undertaking
development work, and from adjoining owners requiring
assistance from a surveyor in order to protect their interests. Ivan is an active member of the Pyramus and Thisbe Club of party wall
Ivan receives regular appointments under Civil Procedure Rules from instructing solicitors for expert witness reports on disrepair
matters. These include attendance at court where called upon
to do so.
The effective management of building contracts involving the organisation of large and complex projects.
Acting as the client’s agent by advising on the procurement process, supervising the consultant team, running and attending site meetings, monitoring performance, progress and quality of workmanship.
Depending on the client’s needs, the role can include full contract administration, issuing certificates for payments to building contractors, the certification of practical completion at handover, and overseeing the defects period to final completion.
At all stages clients are kept informed so weaknesses can be identified in advance to avoid costly problems and delays.
Schedules of condition for landlords or tenants, providing an accurate record at the start of a lease, to help quantify liability for dilapidations when a lease ends. The preparation of interim or final schedules of dilapidations, together with associated negotiations for settlement.