Design Review

Design Review has been developed to help realise the owners’/designers’ wishes in the long term by incorporating as many sound management features as appropriate and affordable at an early stage. It is not intended to propose fundamental changes to the architectural vision of a development or to recommend expensive additional investment by the Client.

It is based upon our experience in the set-up and management of a vast range of major London office buildings with associated retail, extensive estate, and service areas. The points raised range from the mundane (but often overlooked) to the sophisticated. The purpose is to increase management efficiency and minimise costs by addressing these issues, where appropriate and affordable, at the Design and Construction phase.

By receiving drawings and specifications at an early stage, we are able to offer comment and advice in a constructive manner. Our aim is to compliment and realise the owners’ and designers’ vision in the long term by recommending as many sound management features as appropriate to minimise service charge expenditure once buildings have reached practical completion. It is a challenging market and as such, it is imperative that the design of commercial buildings seek to have features that will minimise future maintenance costs pertaining to the core building services contracts

Generally, many recommendations can be incorporated for little or no additional cost at the design stage. Experience has shown that significant benefits, both financial and practical, accrue to landlords and tenants. Retrofitting is invariably both expensive and disruptive.

Fundamental points covered by the review would typically include all aspects of property management such as Service Charge Optimisation, Manned and Electronic Security, Management Accommodation, Access Movement & Storage, Fabric & Cleaning, Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health, Lifts and Vertical Transportation, Utility Supply/Metering & Energy Efficiency/Sustainability.