PPM (Planned Preventative Maintenance)

PPM is designed to help maximise and maintain the value of your property or asset by helping it to operate efficiently, in full working order and as safely as possible, for as long as possible. With the right maintenance plan you can maximise real estate performance while minimising maintenance, repair and replacement costs. We apply our dilapidations expertise and a proactive commercial approach to create plans that give you better long-term value. We provide detailed and precise planned maintenance reports, enabling you to identify, cost and schedule routine and preventative maintenance to your buildings and their services. Your brief will be different to any other, so our priority will be to understand your particular goals and challenges, then create strategic plans that optimise the value you get from your real estate over time. Key Benefits of a good PPM strategy being in place will enjoy the following benefits:
  • Longer lifespan of property assets
  • Less need for major unplanned repair work
  • Increased productivity with less unplanned downtime
  • Improved overall efficiency
  • Reduced maintenance costs and overtime costs
  • Increased safety management and a better quality job
  • Asset enhancement – planned works can react more frequently to changing business needs
  • Less stress and a happy business! Reactive work is generally more time-consuming and urgent

Licence to alter

Leaseholders must obtain a Licence to Alter before modifying the landlords property, depending on the proposed works. This allows freeholders to protect themselves against potential losses and ensure the works won’t adversely affect other residents in the building. In most cases, freeholders should consent to the proposed alterations provided the leaseholder agrees to reasonable terms. Obtaining a Licence to Alter can often be a drawn-out and complicated process, but you can trust our chartered surveyors to make it as straightforward as possible. We can act for either tenants or landlords in the respect. Examples of works that require a Licence to Alter:
  • Structural alterations
  • Sanitary facility installations
  • New heating installations
  • Wall removals and modifications
  • Window replacements
  • New opening formations
We can review the lease terms and covenants relating to the Licence to Alter as well as act as the mediator between you and your tenants. We can also survey your building before work commences and ensure alterations are completed according to the Licence to Alter terms.

Building Pathology

Building Pathology is the study of building defects, building decay and building performance in order to develop suitable remedial and management solutions. The discipline looks at the interrelationships between the physical building, its use, occupation and environment to gain valuable insights into why buildings fail. Building defects occur when elements or systems fail to function, due to factors such as poor design or construction, inadequate maintenance, and changes in environmental conditions. Our approach has evolved through working closely with clients and getting to understand their goals and challenges. You can depend on us to look ahead for you, anticipating and providing the expertise you’ll need. Every building is different, every defect unique, and we tailor our approach accordingly, paying attention to key outcomes such as demonstrating cost-effectiveness. We always look for the innovative way, using the latest techniques to identify and solve building defects quickly and efficiently, while continually looking to the long-term. Our remedial property surveying and consultancy service uses a holistic, professional approach to Building Pathology to effectively describe the investigation, diagnosis and reporting of building failure. This will then form the basis for developing sustainable solutions to deal with building defects and deterioration

Schedule of condition

Schedules of Condition are required when it is necessary to record details of the present condition of the property. This can occur when work is being carried out to an adjoining property which may cause damage, or alternatively, at the commencement of a lease so that any further deterioration during the term can be identified. The benefit of such a schedule is to fix the condition of a property at a point in time, as a basis for subsequent negotiation, checking for damage or to save money for our clients. The schedules produced following inspection are also supplemented by a full schedule of record photographs.

Principal Designer (CDM Regulations 2015)

We aim to remove any confusion over the various duty holder’s obligations, ensuring clients, designers and contractors get the most appropriate and timely advice to enable them to meet their duties regarding health and safety. Our principal designer services to clients include:
  • Assisting in the development of the initial brief
  • Planning, managing and monitoring the co-ordination of the pre-construction phase
  • Helping clients identify, obtain and collate pre-construction information
  • Providing pre-construction information to designers, principal contractor and contractors
  • Co-ordinating significant health and safety issues with the design team through to resolution
  • Ensuring that designers co-operate with each other and comply with CDM 2015
  • Attending design review meetings
  • Liaising with the principal contractor for the duration of our appointment
  • Supporting the principal contractor in seeking and obtaining responses to health and safety queries from designers
  • Agreeing a format and compiling the statutory health and safety file for formal handover at project completion
  • Communicating our progress and raising awareness of potential health and safety issues
If you would like advice on any of the above services, please call our office on 020 7391 7100 or email us at surveyor@fandt.com