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Building Consultancy

We have established an enviable track record for the delivery of building consultancy services for clients across the industry sectors.

Our team delivers a range of services, which include:

Building Surveying: pre-acquisition, technical due diligence and defect analysis. This includes measured surveys and Schedules of Condition

Dilapidations

 

Party Wall advice

Planned maintenance programmes

Insurance reinstatement assessments

Project management and contract administration, including design and specification writing

Project monitoring for banks, funds and tenants

BREEAM assessments, including Code for Sustainable Homes & Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Case Studies

Generator Hostel

Generator Hostel, London

Generator Hostels

This refurbishment took place on a floor by floor basis with the existing hostel remaining in full use throughout the process. DBK provided a range of services including project management, employer’s agent, building surveyor and principal designer services.

We were instructed to undertake a complete and extensive survey of all flat roof areas to identify defects and recommended repairs. Originally constructed as a hostel for the metropolitan police, the building has been extensively upgraded to meet the new Generator brand as a destination for international young travellers, with the added provision of extensive amenities to the ground floor.

The works included the infilling of light wells to form new WC facilities and retail space. The ground floor designs are contemporary and vary significantly in style between the reception, bar, restaurant, café, social space and auditorium.

The refurbishment included extensive replacement of M&E systems, installed in parallel to keep existing systems running as the hostel remained 80% occupied throughout the entire works.

It is also a site with very restricted access as well as noise restrictions; together these requirements mandated a carefully managed construction delivery plan approved by Camden Local Authority.

RPS acquired DBK in April 2016.

 

IM Levi Strauss

IM Levi Strauss

I M Properties

We completed the pre-acquisition survey of a large industrial unit for investment purposes. This instruction involved the fast mobilisation of resource in order to attend the property and consequently report on salient issues prior to the exchange.

The property consisted of a 170,000ft2 industrial building which also incorporated a two-storey office building.

DBK provided advice in relation to the condition of the property prior to a sale and leaseback being agreed. In addition, DBK prepared a reinstatement cost assessment for insurance purposes.

RPS acquired DBK in April 2016.

 

The Gym Group

The Gym Group, National

The Gym Group

The Gym Group is a chain of over 64 gyms with more and more gyms opening up throughout the country, each of these 24-hour gyms by the award-winning The Gym Group offer nearly 20,000 sq ft of high-quality leisure space.

As building consultants and project managers, our role includes pre-acquisition due diligence of a property once it has been earmarked by the Board and negotiation of the scope of landlord’s works prior to fit out of the property by The Gym Group. Our project management services cover both pre- and post-contract duties.

It has been necessary for our team to compile plans, as well as review and agree licenses for alteration with the Landlord. Where specialist design or remedial works have been required we would liaise with the architect and specialist sub-contractor to achieve a workable design and provide input with our technical expertise.