Building Consultancy Case Studies

 9 Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen

  • Remedial Works
  • Office
  • Aberdeen
  • c. £60k

FG Burnett was engaged to procure remedial works to a Charity’s office premises due to external defects affecting their internal operations. On completion of a Building Survey, FG Burnett reported to the client on the works required and were subsequently instructed to act as Contract Administrator and Principal Designer.

The external defects included slipped slates and water ingress issues to the traditional pitched slate roof, significant timber decay to window framing, damage and degradation to lime pointing and deterioration of external decorative features.

Due to the location and listing of the building, FG Burnett advised that local Heritage Grants were available for the works and undertook the application for funding on the Client’s behalf.

A full Specification of Works was produced which included stripping and re-slating the roof, wall heads and chimney haunching, hacking out and repointing granite walls, timber repairs and overhaul of traditional timber windows, overhaul of other UPVC windows, replacement entrance door and external decoration works.

Further works agreed to be undertaken included replacing non-traditional UPVC dormer windows with traditional timber sash and case windows. Therefore, FG Burnett applied for and secured Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for the replacement including the production of architectural elevation drawings.

FG Burnett’s roles as Contract Administrator and Principal Designer included site meetings, monitoring of works, agreement of interim and final valuations with production of appropriate certification and agreement and certification of Practical Completion.

Aberdeen, 9 Bon Accord Square
66 – 68 Queen’s Road, Aberdeen

  • Terminal Dilapidations
  • Office
  • Aberdeen

FG Burnett were instructed by a private client to prepare a Terminal Schedule of Dilapidations prior to the expiry of the tenants lease on a traditional granite building.   During the tenants occupation the 2 no. buildings had been altered to provide free access between the formerly separated buildings.

In this instance the client wished the outgoing tenant to undertake the works as a result of the breach of their obligations as such FG Burnett advised the client on strategy to be adopted and monitored the progress of the tenants works.  During the process it became apparent that the tenants contractor was failing to complete the snagging works in the agreed timescale and as such our client instructed the department to instigate the snagging and reclaim the expenditure.

Allied to this our client also provided instruction to refurbish the internal toilets and tea prep areas within the building to encourage interest in the re-letting of part of the building (our Agency team having secured a sale for the other half of the premises).

In addition, the Building Consultancy Department also prepared a new EPC for the premises in advance of any new lease agreement to be put in place.

Aberdeen, 66-68 Queens Road
9 St Machar Drive, Aberdeen

  • Employers Agent
  • Industrial
  • Aberdeen
  • c. £1.4m

FG Burnett are instructed to act as Employers Agent for our client who has purchased the former Autobody Repair Premises on St Machar Drive with a view to expanding their operation.

FG Burnett were engaged by the client to facilitate the first phase of the redevelopment which entailed the linking of their existing site 7 St Machar Road with the new site via a vehicular ramp and the provision of a new high bay workshop designed specifically for working with Subsea Intervention Systems.

Various local authority consents were secured and competitive tenders were invited on a Design and Build basis with the Contract recently being awarded to local contractor Chap Group (Aberdeen) limited. The final phase of the works have recently commenced and are due to complete in Q2 of 2016 which coincides with the clients requirement to service a contract recently secured.

St Machar Drive
Kirkton Drive, Dyce

  • Terminal Dilapidations
  • Industrial
  • Aberdeen
  • c. £180k

FG Burnett were instructed by the landlord of the premises to prepare and serve a terminal schedule of dilapidation on the outgoing tenant and thereafter negotiate a financial settlement thereon.  The negotiation in this case was made more problematic by the fact that the existing sub-tenant undertook to physically carry out the dilapidations works under their agreement with the head tenant, this being subject to a schedule of condition.

Following the completion of the works it was therefore necessary to jointly inspect with the head tenants surveyors and agree the shortfall in liabilities, ultimately the client received what was a fair settlement and reflected the financial shortfall between the respective lease liabilities.

Our Agency colleagues were also engaged to re-let the premises and following a brief marketing campaign were successful in what was a very challenging local market at the time.  In addition to the agreement of the new lease the Building Consultancy Department prepared a new EPC and Section 63 Action Plan for the premises.

 @SIPP - Kirkton Drive, Dyce
 Peregrine Road, Westhill

  • Terminal Dilapidations
  • Industrial
  • Aberdeen
  • c. £165k

FG Burnett were instructed by the tenant of the premises to negotiate with the landlords surveyor which resulted in a saving to the client of 27% based on the original claim.

Prior to the negotiation a Terminal Dilapidations Assessment had also been undertaken, for the tenant.   The eventual settlement reflected the figure originally reported to the client.

 Westhill, Peregrine Road - Baker RDS
 Holburn House, Union Street, Aberdeen

  • Contract Admin & Principal Designer
  • Office
  • Aberdeen
  • c. £370k

On completion of the renunciation of two floors of offices within the building by our Agency department, FG Burnett’s Building Consultancy department were instructed to act as Contract Administrator and Principal Designer for the refurbishment of these office spaces.

The initial stage of the project was to inspect the offices and identify all works required to return to a high quality, open plan aspect. The contract included removal of partitions from a cellular layout to open plan; removal of the perimeter heating system and installation of an air conditioning system; upgrade of toilet and kitchen facilities and other general decoration and flooring works.

Following preparation of the Specification of Works and tender documentation, a single stage selective tendering process was completed and the Main Contractor awarded the contract.

The program ran for 16 weeks and FG Burnett monitored the works, agreed and certified all valuations, snagged the works and agreed Practical Completion. Full Principal Designer duties were also undertaken in accordance with CDM 2015.

The office spaces now present as high quality, fully air conditioned office space.

 Holburn House - Broadland Properties
The Capitol, 431 Union Street, Aberdeen

  • Project Monitoring
  • Office
  • Aberdeen
  • c. £2M

FG Burnett’s Building Consultancy Department became involved with the property in Spring 2017, initially undertaking a due diligence exercise on the premises to provide comfort to the client in terms of the quality/specification of the space on offer and to ensure that, as the End of Defect Inspection was fast approaching, residual defects in the building were addressed prior to accepting a lease over 4 and a half floors of the building.

Following completion of the report the client was satisfied and wished to proceed. Following final negotiation of the deal by our Agency colleagues, FG Burnett’s Building Consultancy team were introduced to act as Project Monitor the works with the original  Developer being engaged to implement a fast track fit-out program for completion in Q3 2017.

The client, FG Burnett and the architect all worked in an efficient and co-operative manner to ensure the floor layouts were produced in early course to allow the M&E design to proceed and the Quantity Surveyor to produce Bills of Quantities for the various work packages.

Following tender return these were reviewed in conjunction with the Developer and following clarification the contract awarded and Practical Completion was achieved.

 Chrysaor, Aberdeen

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 Brettenham House, Lancaster Place, London

  • Project Monitoring
  • Office
  • London
  • c. £1M

FG Burnett’s Building Consultancy Department became involved with the project in Early 2018 following the successful project monitoring works undertaken for the same client in Aberdeen.

Whilst negotiations commenced in the background in relation to the space, our client had approached a number of Design & Build Contractors who were invited to inspect the offices in Aberdeen with a view to replicating the specification whilst adapting the design to suit the work streams offered In London.

The proposals were evaluated following presentations to ensure that the brief had been followed and the design matched that of Aberdeen.

With the chosen contractor appointed a detailed design and construction programme was prepared.  During the work, FG Burnett undertook regular site visits to ensure the works were in line with the programme and achieved the desired quality.

Being a fit out of an existing building, some elements of the design had to be adapted slightly to suit the situation found on site following removal of the former tenants fit-out.  All parties worked swiftly and with co-operation to agree a way forward and assess the impact on time and budget.

Ultimately, the project was brought in on budget with Practical Completion being achieved in mid-July 2018.  Whilst, this was c. 1 week over the anticipated construction period, the project was viewed as a success with the client being delighted at their new working environment.

 Chrysaor London
Enterprise Drive, Westhill

  • Procurement and management of the demolition of surplus buildings
  • Industrial
  • Westhill
  • c. £200k

FG Burnett have been involved with the Technip Campus on Enterprise Drive, Westhill for a number of years. In 2016, we were asked to organise and manage the demolition of seven surplus industrial/workshop buildings to the rear of the site.

The first step in the process was to draft detailed plans on AutoCAD in order to secure the necessary Demolition Warrant through Aberdeenshire Council.

Having secured the Demolition Warrant we then proceeded with the tender exercise. We ascertained which demolition contractors serving the Aberdeen area were suitably resourced and experienced for the contract and thereafter competitively tendered the works.

Upon analysis of the tenders, Lawrie Demolition were awarded the contract. The work started on site and proceeded in an efficient manner without incident. All financial reporting, agreement of valuations and management of the works was carried out by FG Burnett’s Building Consultancy department.

Upon completion, a Certificate of Completion was secured through Aberdeenshire Council.

 Technip - Enterprise Drive
Crawpeel House & Annexe, Aberdeen

  • Dilapidations Assessment & Condition Survey
  • Office
  • Aberdeen
  • c. £2.5m

FG Burnett were instructed by Total E&P to carry out a Dilapidations Assessment and Condition Survey on Crawpeel House, and the Annexe Building at Crawpeel Road, Altens.

The inspection was required to inform the client of the potential liabilities at the expiry of their lease as well as inform the client on the existing condition of the fabric of the building.

Following review of the lease documentation, it was discovered that the liabilities as contained in the original head lease were slightly unusual and intrinsically linked to a PPM Schedule contained within the lease however following a significant refurbishment the license for work put in place at that time obliged the tenant to undertake further works which changed the overall context of the obligations which the tenant had accepted.

The condition survey provided the client with a detailed picture of the current condition of the building and is intended to inform the client of the effectiveness of the existing PPM Schedule and highlight any areas of the building, if any, that need further specific targeting in an attempt to mitigate the obligations at expiry.

Balmacassie, Ellon

  • Project Monitoring
  • Industrial
  • Ellon
  • c. £2.5m

FG Burnett were initially instructed by Powerjacks to source a new office and industrial facility on a confidential basis. The requirement arising as a consequence of a strong interest being expressed in acquiring their existing factory in Ellon.  Existing facilities were pursued but without acquisition success.

Against that background and the need for certainty from a delivery perspective, Graeme Watt, who heads up the Industrial team successfully negotiated the commercial terms of an Agreement for Lease with a developer for the construction of the new facility on a design and build basis.  The tenant’s fit-out was specified and included within the developer’s scope, expedited by the involvement and assistance of FGB’s Building Consultancy department. Designs were signed off and agreed as soon as practically possible resulting in the fit-out having little bearing on the ultimate time program for completion of the works and delivery of the building.

Throughout the construction phase, FGB’s Building Consultancy Department were engaged and on hand to monitor the construction works ensuring the desired build quality and practical completion was achieved at the agreed due date which was critical for the client. The project is now nearing the end of its Rectification Period and final snagging is currently being signed off.

Hilton Campus, Aberdeen

  • Contract Administrator / Principal Designer – Redecoration Works
  • Residential Development
  • £20k

FG Burnett were instructed via our Property Management Department to act as Contract Administrator, to oversee the internal re-decoration works to the blocks at The Hilton Campus, a multi-occupancy residential development.

Initially, a feasibility study was performed in order to inform the FG Burnett Property Management Department of the likely costs involved in undertaking the works. This allowed the department to complete a “cash call” from the owners, making sure all owners agreed to the works.

Following receipt of the monies, the Building Consultancy Department proceeded to specify, competitively tender the works and act as Principal Designer. Post contract award, the FG Burnett Building department monitored the works on site, through to completion and undertook all client and contractor liaison, including the agreement of staged and final payments.


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