Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors assisted a London Council by carrying out surveys of a number of council owned and maintained park buildings in several locations throughout the Borough. The buildings included chapels, pavilions, storage units and toilet blocks constructed throughout the Victorian era, 1950s and modern day, in varying styles and state of repair.
A fire originating in the bedroom of this first floor flat in the heart of the docklands spread throughout the property causing damage to the roof structure, internal partitions and joinery with smoke damage contaminating the remaining area. Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors was instructed following its long-term housing association client’s agreement with the loss adjustor appointed on behalf of the insurers.
Before commencement of construction of a 50 storey residential complex, the contractor required a Schedule of Condition of the surrounding area to provide protection against spurious claims. We surveyed the adjacent building elevations and joinery, walls, fences, pavements, road surfaces, ironworks and street furniture to produce a record Schedule of Condition document for safekeeping.
Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors were appointed by an education provider who had vacated two floors in this West London office building. A near six figure claim was put forward by the landlord based mainly on suspended ceilings, scruffy condition of the carpets, internal decorations and the need to strip out tenant’s alterations.
This scheme consisted of the purchase and repair of 5 x 1 bedroom flats, 2 x 2 bedroom four person units and 3 x 3 bedroom 5/6 person units for a Housing Association in Middlesex having received Local Authority funding. Additional finance was provided by the Housing Association to enhance the unit mix.
Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors assisted a Housing Association in the Borough of Harrow in the location of a small portfolio of street properties to be purchased and repaired for a specialised end user. Local Authority funding was secured with the Housing Association contributing from their own funds to achieve the overall project requirements.
Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors was asked to help clients to avoid a Local Authority Closing Order. A central London Victorian terraced building, converted into flats many years ago, had fallen into serious disrepair externally and the original stone staircase internally had part collapsed. The Local Authority served a Dangerous Structures Notice and subsequently initiated proceedings to obtain a Closing Order. The landlord was also pursuing possession of the building under Section 146 of the Law of Property Act 1925.
This £1.9M scheme was to deliver 20 one and two bedroom flats for a Shared Ownership as part of a larger residential/commercial development for East Thames Group. The seven storey block of flats was constructed using a bison concrete frame clad in coloured metal panels. To achieve Planning Conditions for car parking a Katopark car stacker was used.
This prestigious property in Docklands is a modern apartment complex with in excess of 400 flats. It has brickwork elevations, flat roofs and powder coated aluminium windows, doors and trims. The internal common parts are extensive but are similarly unfussy. As would be expected in such a building there is a substantial amount of M&E. It could be assumed that there is little to be done to maintain such a building.