Building Consultancy Keningtons

All Services

All members of our Building Consultancy team have a background in traditional Building Surveying and Project Management. We offer owners, occupiers, landlords and tenants a wide range of building consultancy services to the highest of standards.

Our core services include building surveys, party wall and neighbourly matters, project management, insurance and dilapidations settlements.

We offer a full range of building consultancy services - See below

Building Surveys

Building Surveys

At Keningtons we can offer full building surveys for residential and commercial buildings.

Our detailed survey reports are presented with an Executive Summary which highlights anticipated maintenance costs and outgoings up to a period of 20 years from purchase.

Having this information available, the client is able to make an informed decision about the property deal and in some cases re-negotiate on the purchase price. Our involvement does not finish at this point and we regularly provide supporting advice during negotiations of purchase through to exchange of contracts.

CDM Regulations 2015

CDM Regulations 2015

Under the new CDM Regulations 2015 the role of CDM co ordinator has been replaced with that of Principal Designer. At Keningtons we can fulfill the role of Principal Designer and we have experience in managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects.

We have an understanding of how health and safety is managed during the design process and maintain a robust validation process during the construction and development period. Our assessment reports are specific to the type and nature of the project that we are appointed on.

Defect Diagnosis & Building Pathology

Defect Diagnosis & Building Pathology

Keningtons offer building pathology reports and defect diagnosis surveys to a variety of clients. We possess expertise in technical and due diligence assessments and have the resource to report on single buildings or a portfolio of properties.

We take a measured and scientific approach to all building surveys whilst ensuring that our style of report writing is clear, concise and prescriptive. It is important that our client is re-assured and secure in the knowledge that they have a full understanding of building condition and performance prior to purchase or lease.

Our building pathology services cover both residential and commercial sectors. We have surveyed and reported to clients ranging from private owners, occupiers, Insurers, freehold purchasers, management companies, Unions, charities and investments funds.

Design & Space Planning

Design & Space Planning

The working environment can be transformed by skillful design and we work very closely with our clients during the consultation process. This ensures the needs of all occupiers are reviewed and optimised as part of the design and works specification stages.

We have the specialist skills to create workplaces which are accessible, safe and efficient. We provide additional services by way of project management to ensure satisfactory handover of the project and we focus our efforts on delivering schemes within budget cost and programme.

Keningtons can add value for clients by recommending contractors from our approved and vetted contractor . We act as space planners and project managers for both competitive and negotiated procurement paths.

Development Monitoring

Development Monitoring

We are instructed by Banks and Developers to provided development monitoring services for schemes of various types and values in London. Our service is broadly in line with the following stages:

  • Appraisal and Risk Assessment
  • Construction and Finance Monitoring during the works
  • Advice at Practical Completion
  • Advice at end of the Defects Liability Period

Keningtons approach to development monitoring offers reassurance to clients. Our role includes the monitoring and validating of all necessary handover documentation, such as the health and safety file, as built drawings, legal and statutory paperwork, operation and maintenance manuals, warranties and associated certificates.

Dilapidations (Landlord & Tenant)

Dilapidations (Landlord & Tenant)

Keningtons assist clients in dilapidations matters throughout the UK, successfully settling any landlord or tenant disputes with specialist technical advice, assessments and negotiation.

We identify optimal exit strategies and find the best possible outcomes for our clients. In circumstances where we advise that the best approach will be to carry out the works, we can obtain competitive prices and manage the whole process for you.

See a few examples of dilapidations work we have undertaken for clients.

Whether a landlord or tenant/leaseholder, the building consultancy department at Keningtons are best placed to advise you. To minimise vacant periods, we work closely with our Agency and Occupier Consultancy departments to maximise the property’s potential. It is vital that a Surveyor is selected who is experienced in the current practice of dilapidations, the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), the pre-action protocol and relevant case law.

Expert Witness & Dispute Resolution

Expert Witness & Dispute Resolution

At Keningtons Chartered Surveyors we offer independent, reliable and expert advice to resolve building and property related disputes. Tony Rellis has made legal representation as Expert Witness under CPR 35. He can act as single joint expert or on individual appointments.

Keningtons areas of expertise include:

  • Party Wall matters and neighbourly disputes
  • Building Pathology
  • Defect diagnosis
  • Structural damage
  • Insurance claims
  • Listed buildings and historic properties
  • Rent reviews
  • Freehold and rental valuation
  • Surveyor negligence
  • Subsidence damage to residential and domestic properties

We can also act in the preliminary selection and appointment of other experts if required.

Keningtons are an established firm of Chartered Surveyors with over 80 years experience in the central London market and can provide expert witness services throughout London, South East , South West and Eastern counties.

Heritage

Heritage

We have knowledge and experience in dealing with listed buildings and historic properties. Our main area of coverage is London, South East and Anglia regions but we do provide services throughout England and Wales.

Our services include building surveys, building pathology reports, managing insurance claims of historic/listed buildings, value at risk surveys, project management, contract administration, dilapidations and party wall matters.

At Keningtons we can also act as consultant and advisor for gaining listed building and conservation area consents from local authorites.

Insurance

Insurance

Insurance Valuations

It is important that your buildings are insured to an accurate reinstatement cost. Under-insurance could reduce an insurance claim proportionally and over-insurance means a higher premium. We carry out regular reinstatement cost valuations for insurance purposes throughout the UK for both commercial and residential properties.

We take a detailed approach on a site by site basis that takes into account all external and environmental factors and any special features or installations which will have an affect on the reinstatement cost.

Insurance Surveying Services

At Keningtons we offer specialist surveying services to the insurance industry. We can act on behalf of all parties to an insurance claim such as property owners, brokers, underwriters and loss adjusters. We have proven experience dealing with major loss, high net worth, historic properties, listed buildings, domestic and commercial premises.

With BDMA Ins Tech accredited surveyors and Chartered building surveyors experienced in dealing with all major perils, Keningtons can offer a high quality service and value managed approach to an insurance loss.

Party Wall & Neighbourly Matters

Party Wall & Neighbourly Matters

Keningtons party wall surveyor, Tony Rellis, has made legal representation as Expert Witness (CPR35) in relation to neighbourly disputes.

Tony is a Fellow of The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and has over 20 years experience dealing with neighbourly disputes and party wall matters.

If you are proposing to carry out notifiable works affecting a neighbouring property, or have been served with a Notice from your neighbour, Tony Rellis can act on your behalf and protect your interests under The Party Wall etc. Act 1996.


Planned Maintenance

Planned Maintenance

Keningtons offer a fully integrated building fabric planned maintenance schedule to buildings of all types and ages. We have expertise in assessing building fabric and elements in modern, traditional and historic properties. Once we inspect and survey the building our clients are presented with a fully costed planned maintenance schedule that outlines effective repair strategies and provides an assessment to ensure long term value and condition of the building is enahanced.

Our reporting format can be adapted to suit client requirements.

We retain a trusted and reliable specialist consultant network, such as M&E engineers, HVAC specialists, plant consultants, which means we can provide a repair cost and strategy for the complete building.

Project Management

Project Management

From the initial stages in any sized value development or refurbishment it is important for our clients to have a consultant heading up the project team, communicating with the client in key decision making and controlling project costs and programme.

Our project management services are invaluable when selecting the most appropriate procurement route and in ensuring the initial scheme design development progresses quickly and efficiently allowing the client to put a workable scheme together and move to the next stage.

We have worked with a number of consultants and are able to assist in consultations for selecting the correct project team.

With a background in building surveying the team is knowledgeable in technical matters and has a good understanding of other relevant disciplines such as mechanical and electrical services and structural engineering. We believe this is a very strong and important skill set for project managers to possess which enables them to stand back and take stock of the situation as a whole and prioritise effectively the critical path for the project.



Schedules of Condition

Schedules of Condition

We can provide detailed and prescriptive written / photographic schedules of condition. A schedules of condition is carried out to determine the exact condition of the building and its main elements. It is important to accurately record the condition of a building so that there is a benchmark for the property and its state of repair and records of defects at a given date.

This is a particularly useful service line for new lease agreements or for use within an Award in party wall matters.