Client: Consort Property Management

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

Arun Associates were instructed by Consort to undertake a survey of the condition of the buildings and advise on future capital expenditure. The purpose of the commission was to determine the current state of the buildings and the development and advice at what point in time capital expenditure was required and the level of that expenditure.

The development consisted of both social housing and private apartment blocks together with some private housing. The development also included a health centre complete with swimming pool sauna and gym. There are also estate roads and water features on the site.

Arun 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, carpets and wall finishes.

The leisure facility was surveyed and the report extended to the plant rooms and services. Consideration was given to the existing levels of maintenance and levels of use when determining the future expenditure requirements.

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

Arun 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.