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Building Consultancy & Surveying

Willmotts Building Surveyors & Consultancy, based in Hammersmith West London, incorporates our knowledgeable team of Building Surveyors. We have acquired extensive technical and professional experience in a wide range of sectors, including commercial, residential and retail property, and public bodies. Bringing together expertise from varying backgrounds we are strongly placed to advise on all elements of building projects, including taking projects from inception to completion.

Providing essential building consultancy and surveying advice for all our client base including vendors, purchasers, occupiers and landlords and covering all types of property, our Building Consultancy team have a broad range of expert knowledge and technical ability. Specialising in providing proactive advice throughout the life cycle of buildings, at Willmotts we understand our Client's needs, with the aim of delivering a service that exceeds their expectations.

We strive to provide a service that is tailored to achieve our client's goals. Adopting this approach along with our commercial awareness has enabled us to develop long-term relationships and generate a huge proportion of repeat business.

We can advise on the following:

  • Project Management
  • Development & Refurbishment
  • Party Wall matters
  • Dilapidations
  • Condition Surveys
  • Section 20
  • Licence for Alterations
  • Reinstatement Valuations
For any help or advice relating to these services, please get in touch with
James Hickie | 020 8222 9943 | j.hickie@willmotts.com


Project Management

Our team of Surveyors engaged as Project Management and Contract Administration can manage a project to help protect against overruns of time, money, under performance and standards of workmanship; and in doing so, can in fact save money and avoid disputes.

Project management involves a range of duties from simply administering the contract financially, through to fully managing your project ensuring compliance with the various rules and regulations. Establishing the criteria and goals for the project Willmotts create the initial Specification of works, obtain competitive prices and then award the contract. Recognising that each project is different we can tailor our professional service around your budget and circumstances, giving you the reassurance that your project is organised, controlled and implemented correctly and to your satisfaction.

Construction, refurbishment and maintenance projects often involve a number of different professionals such as architects, builders and the Local Authority Planning and Building Control Departments for example, and as lead project managers we will manage, organise and coordinate the team to ensure the deliverance of the project and help mitigate potential problems before they occur. liaising with relevant parties keeps up the flow of information and work and helps steer the project to completion on time and on budget.

James Hickie | 020 8222 9943 | j.hickie@willmotts.com


Architecture Design

With our range of experience and expertise, we are able to help you to work out exactly what you want from your building or refurbishment project. By meeting with you, discussing your needs, aspirations and budget, we can work with you to create the design that you want. With our detailed understanding of all stages of the project from start to finish, including the planning processes and coordination of consultants and contractors, our design concepts are imaginative and practical.

A construction or refurbishment project will normally require an application to the Local Authority for planning and/or building regulations approval and we undertake all aspects of this; working with you from the earliest stages to identify the needs of the project and the sensitivities that are likely to impact on your application. Where necessary, we liaise with the Local Authority on your behalf and take into account their views on your proposed project in order to submit an application that has the strongest likelihood of gaining approval. We will then continue to liaise with them during the course of the application process, providing any additional clarification or information that may be requested; providing you with total peace-of-mind. We are also able to assist you in the involvement of Structural Engineers or Energy Consultants, as and when/if required.

On such projects where there is a requirement for both Architectural design and Project Management Willmotts can offer this collaborative service and ensure that both the design and management of the project are parallel in detail.

As well as architectural design we can also prepare Lease plans which are an accurate record of the size, location and layout of the property and can be used for example Land Registry, licence for alteration, licensing or simply a record of the property

James Hickie | 020 8222 9943 | j.hickie@willmotts.com


Party Wall Advice

Under the Party Wall Act 1996 you are permitted to carry out alterations to a party wall, party structure, boundary fence or build new foundations close to an existing building; as long as you advise your neighbour, the adjoining owner, that the works are to be done and that any damage caused will be repaired.

At Willmotts Chartered Surveys we can give advice to commercial or residential property owners and adjoining owners affected by party wall matters including:

Issue and receipt of notices
Preparation of, or comment upon, relevant building proposals
Inspecting for, and agreeing, Schedules of Condition
Preparation and negotiation of Awards
Inspecting affected buildings and implementing awarded agreements as required
 
We can also advise on other neighbouring matters including:

Scaffolding over sail and licences
Crane over sail
 
James Hickie | 020 8222 9943 | j.hickie@willmotts.com


Dilapidations Advice

Most modern building leases contain covenants which define the obligations and repairing liabilities of the respective parties to the lease.

Dilapidations may arise where either party fails to meet their obligations under the terms and conditions of the lease, for example a landlord requiring a building to be returned to a good state of repair either during or at the end of a lease. Alleged breaches of the covenants are itemised in a Schedule of Dilapidations which may be served on the other party and will subsequently form the basis of negotiations.

Good negotiating strategies and a working knowledge of the legal principles governing dilapidations and expertise in valuations and estimating are essential to avoid unnecessary costs and disruption.

At Willmotts we are able to advise on all aspects of dilapidations, including preliminary advice to ascertain the principal elements involved and to ascertain reasonable objectives for the client, carrying out inspections of premises and preparing Schedules of Dilapidations and negotiating with surveyors acting for the other party and proceeding through to litigation, if required.

James Hickie | 020 8222 9943 | j.hickie@willmotts.com


Reinstatement Valuations

A property reinstatement valuation is usually a requirement of your buildings insurance periodic renewal. The valuation assesses the cost of property in the event of an insured loss by way of total destruction for example collapse, flooding, fire etc  providing an independent valuation to reinstate to former condition.

At Willmotts, our team of highly skilled surveyors have extensive experience of preparing building reinstatement valuations for all property types including residential, commercial, industrial, retail and public buildings. Our reinstatement valuations are produced using published building cost information and our own in-house information from current or recent projects. Valuations can be undertaken on a one-off basis or reviewed annually where required.

In the event that your building is destroyed or severely damaged, Willmotts can also assist with specifying & administering repairs and agreeing suitable settlements with the insurance loss adjusters.

James Hickie | 020 8222 9943 | j.hickie@willmotts.com


Property Development, Design & Build

With our range of experience and expertise, we are able to help you to work out exactly what you want from your building or refurbishment project. By meeting with you, discussing your needs, aspirations and budget, we can work with you to create the design that you want. With our detailed understanding of all stages of the project from start to finish, including the planning processes and coordination of consultants and contractors, our design concepts are imaginative and practical.