Client: Consort Property Management

Services: Establishing client brief, consultation with development manager, review of existing maintenance costs, site measurement, assessment of life cycle component replacement, preparation and issue of report and cost schedules. 

The purpose of the commission was to provide a general report on the current condition of the buildings and make recommendations for capital expenditure for future sinking and reserve fund budgeting purposes to repair and maintain the external fabric and the common parts of the various buildings and surrounds for the next twenty years.

The development consisted of eight tower blocks constructed in 2002 which varied between 8 and 14 floors. There were car parking facilities at ground floor level and the development fronted the River Thames.

Arun Associates undertook a survey of all internal areas and common parts and provided in their report a future life expectancy for components such as access controls, lifts, lighting systems, fire alarms, CCTV systems, carpets and wall finishes.

The development was privately owned but two of the eight buildings were shared ownership. Consideration was given to the existing levels of maintenance and levels of use when determining the future expenditure requirements. Key issues on this development were the lift facilities as there was only one lift per block and also the external redecoration programme which involved much research into the best way of maintaining the external facades which were very exposed to the weather.

The data was then used by Consort Property Management to set service charges and sinking fund levels so that the service charges collected were uniform and at the correct level.

Arun Associates used the RICS Building Cost Information Service and market research information together with traditional quantity surveying practices [which included site measurements] to determine future costs and life expectancy of components.