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Building Surveying

With longstanding expertise in both technical and environmental due diligence, Watts has the capability to support and inform property investment decisions effectively. Whether Watts is assessing a single building or a complete portfolio, clients are secure in the knowledge that they have a full understanding of building condition and performance prior to purchase or lease.

Building Management Consultancy

Effective property management requires ways of measuring success in the performance of people, systems and buildings themselves.  In addition, the maintenance of complex buildings and portfolios can be a major and unpredictable cost headache for building and facilities managers. Taking control of these, in order to optimise value and return, calls for a strategic and systematic approach. Watts has developed proven methodologies and technical solutions, which deliver this control, via the following services:

Gibson House
Client: One Vision Housing
Office: Manchester
Cost: N/A

Liverpool Schools Condition Surveys
Client: Liverpool City Council
Office: Manchester
Cost: N/A

SFC Condition Surveys
Client: Scottish Funding Council (SFC)
Office: Glasgow
Cost: N/A

Building Pathology

The scientific and analytical analysis of building defects is necessary to understand the cause of component failure and the condition, strength and durability of the building elements. The assessment of failure, or non-compliance with specification, has increasingly become a pre-requisite of dispute resolution and litigation.  Building pathology encompasses the following services:

  • Concrete and deleterious materials
  • Curtain walling, cladding and glazing
  • Defect analysis, forensic engineering and material failures
  • Heritage conservation
  • Structural appraisal

Royal Ballet School
Client: The Trustees of the Royal Ballet School
Office: London
Cost: N/A

Foremarke School, Milton
Client: Trustees and Bursar of Foremarke School
Office: London
Cost: £1.49 million

North Point Shopping Centre
Client: Confidential
Office: Leeds
Cost: N/A

Compliance and Health and Safety

Compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements is an increasing management necessity.  Non-compliance can mean court actions, increased expenditure, and harm to employees and the public.  Watts provides audit services and advice in the following areas of statutory and legislative compliance:

  • Access and DDA assessment
  • CDM-Coordinator
  • Fire risk assessments
  • Health and safety consultancy

HHSRS Surveys
Client: The Abbeyfield Heswall Society Limited
Office: Manchester
Cost: N/A

Liberty House
Client: B&HS Management
Office: London
Cost: N/A

SPT Condition Surveys
Client: Strathclyde Police (Property Services Department)
Office: Glasgow
Cost: N/A

Environmental Audit

Our specialist environmental consultancy team has the knowledge, experience and capability to produce energy performance certificates, display energy certificates, and to provide clients with strategic advice on energy conservation measures. While issuing a certificate to satisfy statutory requirements, our assessment provides the opportunity to obtain a meaningful energy survey that identifies opportunities and quick wins to improve energy consumption, satisfy corporate social responsibility targets and add value to your asset.

EPC Portfolio
Client: Warner Estates Holdings PLC
Office: London
Cost: N/A

Environment Agency Cabot House
Client: The Environment Agency
Office: Bristol
Cost: £10 million

EPC Assessments
Client: Muller Professional Services
Office: Glasgow
Cost: N/A

Expert witness

To meet the needs of lawyers and assist in the satisfactory resolution of building and property-related disputes, we have a number of senior staff who frequently work with solicitors and whom understand and appreciate the special requirements entailed.  Watts’ expert witness service provides supplementary assistance for legal teams in the following ways:

  • Initial opinion on technical issues and/or strengths of arguments
  • Advice on professional/technical matters
  • Preliminary advice in the selection of other experts

Askern House, Balby Bridge Estate
Client: Woodgate & Clark
Office: London
Cost: N/A

The Hermitage
Client: Confidential
Office: London
Cost: N/A

71-79 John Bright Street
Client: BPG (Urban) Limited
Office: London
Cost: N/A

Landlord and tenant services

Watts offer advice at every stage of a property's life cycle, including the provision of dilapidations advice. Dilapidations law differs throughout the UK, and our experience and expertise in this specialist area provides our clients with advice that is fully up-to-date with legislation, practice and procedures. Our team has extensive experience of dilapidations and landlord and tenant services across the whole range of commercial, industrial, retail and historic building types.

For further information on the dilapidations and landlord and tenant services we offer, please use the links below:

Alternatively, please contact a local dilapidations expert:

Robert Burke – London and the South-East
Robert Hillman – the Midlands
John Blomeley – North-East
Ian Laurie – North-West (Dilapidations Task Group leader)
Allan Robertson – Scotland
Harry Dowey - Northern Ireland

East Mill
Client: AB Gee Ltd
Office: Birmingham
Cost: N/A

Langford Lodge
Client: Ashfield Land Limited
Office: Bristol
Cost: N/A

Neighbourly matters

The density of development within our larger towns and cities alongside increased awareness of environmental issues and legal rights of third parties have given rise to a range of different neighbour-related problems.  Watts’ practical knowledge of construction and level of understanding of property law means we can lead our clients through these issues, while minimising the risk of dispute.  Neighbourly matters covers the following:

  • Access agreements
  • Daylight and sunlight amenity
  • Party wall matters
  • Rights to light

1 New York Street
Client: Bruntwood Estates Limited
Office: Manchester
Cost: N/A

David Morgan Redevelopment 2
Client: Helical Bar
Office: Bristol
Cost: N/A

University of Bristol
Client: University of Bristol
Office: Bristol
Cost: N/A

Purchaser’s Building Inspection

Watts is independent of investment advisers and agents, therefore purchasers’ interests are not open to compromise by ‘undue influence’. Our network of offices and our staff complement enable us to deal with single properties or large portfolios, anywhere in Europe.

The service:

  • Clarifying the precise extent of the service required
  • Reviewing all relevant technical and legal documentation
  • Inspecting the property internally and externally
  • Co-ordinating the involvement of specialist sub-consultants in regard to services installations, deleterious materials testing and land contamination
  • Liaising with other members of the purchase team such as solicitors, agents, accountants and investment advisers
  • Preparing a report to the client's preferred format or our own format
  • Dealing with queries raised by prospective purchasers, including more forensic re-inspection of the property, if so instructed
  • Working with the wider team to profile opportunities
  • Working through Capital Allowance and tax advice and claims.
Vendor's Building Inspection

Watts is independent of investment advisers and agents, therefore purchasers’ interests are not open to compromise by ‘undue influence’. Our network of offices and our staff complement enable us to deal with single properties or large portfolios, anywhere in Europe.

The service:

  • Clarifying the precise extent of the service required
  • Reviewing all relevant technical and legal documentation
  • Inspecting the property internally and externally
  • Co-ordinating the involvement of specialist sub-consultants in regard to services installations, deleterious materials testing and land contamination
  • Liaising with other members of the disposal team such as solicitors, agents, accountants and investment advisers
  • Preparing a report to the client's preferred format or our own format
  • Dealing with queries raised by prospective purchasers, including more forensic re-inspection of the property, if so instructed
  • Drafting, agreeing and executing Warranties and Duty of Care documents in favour of the eventual purchasers

Contact your local Watts office