Stage 1: The Search
We're experts in leveraging a variety of sources to find the right premises for you. We'll check all the usual online platforms, from Rightmove to Zoopla, on a regular basis, while we leverage our extensive relationships with agents and our business networks to search for off-market opportunities for you and your business. Our expertise in planning and project management means we're also equipped to look for 'blue skies' potential in converting or rehabilitating sites that wouldn't seem to suit on a first glance.
Stage 2: Appraisal
We'll leverage our experience in project management and our financial acumen, as well as our expertise in planning and property law, to appraise the options that we've identified against your unique circumstances and requirements, liaising extensively with you to develop a deep understanding of what you're looking for - and we'll keep trying until we find what you need.
Stage 3: Survey
Once we've found the right property, understanding what you're buying, and getting it for the right price, is critical to a successful acquisition. Our keen eye for detail and broad understanding of the issues that occupiers face mean we're uniquely equipped to conduct surveys and produce a Schedule of Condition, giving you a comprehensive picture of your business' future home before you occupy - and leveraging our extensive list of standard due diligence queries to ensure that any issues picked up are dealt with appropriately in negotiations over the cost of purchase.
Stage 4: Negotiation & Acquisition
Structuring the right financial and legal package is critical to ensuring that your new property can work for you for the duration of its useful life. We'll make sure that the price is right, and that caveats like ground rents and business rates are known and quantified, and we'll explore every opportunity to save you money - both in the transaction itself and by exploiting opportunities to reduce operating expenses, sublet unneeded space, and the like. We'll also support the conveyancing team to make sure all enquiries are explored and answered quickly and efficiently, minimising the time it takes to get to completion.
Stage 5: Moving!
Moving premises can be a complicated and stressful process - that's why we'll leverage the full force of our design and project management team to plan and manage the process, from transporting valuable machinery to making the best use of space in your new premises. We're also able to procure, manage, and administrate any construction works that need doing to your business' new home before you can move in.
We don't believe in boxes. No two designs are ever the same, and nor should they be - because no two occupants ever have identical needs or wants. That's why we'll spend time getting to know you and your business as part of our design process.
Buildings need maintenance - that's a fact of life, and it's one that the design process should always account for. Specifying high-quality, long-life materials from the ground up means your property will be built to last, with fewer costs along the line for refurbishment or upgrades.
No Challenge Too Big
Our team has worked on a vast array of projects, from conservatories to housing developments to hurricane-proof bridges - and they've all had their quirks and their challenges. We may not be able to predict every problem that could crop up in your project, but we have absolute confidence in our ability to solve them when they do.
What Comes Next?
Over its useful lifespan, a building will have a great many occupants - which is why ensuring that we're designing to maximise your property's value when you're finished with it is high up our agenda. We'll look at ways to maximise and protect value, and to ensure that our design doesn't rule out future potential uses, buyers, or tenants.
Green Today, Not Tomorrow
Our planet is facing an unprecedented threat of collapse due to climate change and ecological degradation - the result of uncontrolled human activity - and we all have a part to play in resolving these crises. That's why we'll always factor nature and carbon emissions into our design work at the absolute earliest opportunity, leveraging our expertise in building technologies and our certified in-house expert in the EDGE Buildings platform to produce the best outcome for you and for the planet.
EDGE Buildings is a green building assessment and certification program produced by the IFC, part of the World Bank Group. We've recently become the first firm in England to partner with the Sintali-SGS consortium, offering a complete package of EDGE Expert, Audit and Certification services - to find out more, get in touch with us at [email protected], or visit www.sintali.com/edge-certification.
Design & CGI
Our in-house design team can produce a full set of site and floor plans, elevations, and other related drawings to ensure that the Planning Authority has all the documents it needs to understand your scheme - and with powerful rendering tools at our disposal, we can create computer-generated imagery to really bring your project to life.
Specialist & Application Management
Our extensive portfolio of successful planning applications means we're intimately familiar with every step of the process, and are able to call on a range of trusted contacts to arrange the full set of specialist services needed for your planning application - from ecology to flood risk, and archaeology to contamination. We're also able to manage the application itself, completing all the relevant paperwork, submitting, and liaising with the Planning Officer on your behalf.
We're able to draft and submit Design & Access, Planning, and Heritage Statements to accompany your application, with reference to all-important national and local policy documents as well as relevant appeal decisions and court judgements, ensuring joined-up thinking across the most important parts of your application, and that the best possible case is presented in support of your scheme.
We're qualified to produce a variety of market studies to support your planning application. For unique residential applications, we offer a form of the Sequential Test that's part of flood risk assessment to illustrate whether or not the local market is already offering what you're proposing, while for applications that involve a loss of employment use we'll work with you to produce the relevant documentation in the form of an Employment Statement.
Whether it's using your own architectural drawings or by producing an in-house feasibility proposal, the first and most important stage of any feasibility study is to analyse the design. We're looking to answer two questions in this stage: what makes the property stand out, and is it well-suited for its purpose? These are critical considerations that we need to have answered to inform our market study.
To understand whether a project is right for you means ascertaining whether you'll be better off at the end of it - and an important part of that is assessing what impact it'll have on the value, freehold or leasehold, of your property. We'll conduct a comprehensive search of comparable properties to obtain current market data, and obtain historic price paid statistics - coupled with our extensive market knowledge and any design study we've undertaken, we'll use this to make a professional assessment of the market value of your proposal.
The final component of any robust viability study is an assessment of the costs that come with a project - even if that project is a simple continuing tenancy. We'll bring our extensive knowledge of a wide variety of property issues to bear, backed up by industry experience and data, and anticipate the costs you're likely to face. Some of the things we'll consider are:
For freeholds and new projects...
Residential & Commercial Sales
Residential & Commercial Acquisitions
Lettings & Tenancies
The classic Gantt chart is a highly underrated tool for making sure things are happening at the right time. We'll produce a feasibility programme at the start of every project, planning out every stage of the process to illustrate where the holdups might be - and building in realism and contingency from day 1. Whether the project is measured in months or years, we'll plan to keep the critical pathway moving at a pace to suit your requirements, and through a simple and transparent document we'll keep you and other stakeholders up-to-date on progress throughout.
Project Management comes hand-in-hand with Contract Administration. We're experienced with writing and implementing a wide range of JCT Contracts, for Minor and Intermediate Works in either Build or Design & Build formats, and always ensure appropriate RICS appointments and warranties are in place with relevant specialists to protect you in any and all eventualities. When disputes arise, as Contract Administrators we're able to act professionally to mediate according to the relevant contractual and legal contexts.
Successful construction projects need input from a wide range of professions at different points to ensure things are built to the correct design and in the right process. We instruct and liaise with the relevant specialists on your behalf, ensuring the right advice is provided at the right price to keep your project moving - and ensure it's kept on budget and inside the law. We'll also ensure that any implications for other specialist work, the project programme, and the like are properly recorded and accounted for, communicated, and agreed with you.
Health & Safety
Staying on the right side of CDM Regulations is critical to ensuring that every project is carried out with minimal risk to site workers, specialists, visitors - and even you, the client. Appropriate management plans and records must be created and maintained, while compliance must be monitored to ensure that the site remains safe for all involved. We're able to act as Principal Designers, coordinating and managing health and safety in pre-construction phases while assisting you to ensure that your contractor(s) are fully compliant with relevant standards.
Budgets make or break projects - which is why we're laser-focused on making sure your money is spent on the right things and in the right amounts. We'll work as needed with a financier or Quantity Surveyor to monitor the expenditure on your project, ensuring that overruns are controlled and justified through appropriate contractual processes, and that the right prices are obtained for specialists and primary contractual works.