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Excellence through technology at McAndrew Martin

There is an interesting article on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) website about the increasing importance of technology in achieving higher quality reporting standards, greater accuracy and faster turnaround times.
Our Director of Building Surveying Bruce Scott spotted the story on the RICS website. Bruce, like all of our highly qualified property professionals, uses the latest technology in the field and the office – including drones, tablets, integrated IT systems and bespoke software.
Building Surveying is one of our six divisions. The others are: Architecture, General Practice, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Project Management and Contract Administration, and Structural Engineering.
Visit the website at http://www.rics.org/uk/news/news-insight/comment/the-impact-of-technology-on-valuation-professionals/ to read the full article.
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Projecting success at McAndrew Martin

Project management can be complex and multi-faceted with a wide skillset required across a range of different disciplines.
At McAndrew Martin, our Project Management and Contract Administration department has a wide range of highly qualified and experienced experts available inhouse to call upon.
We keep a close watch on the latest industry developments and best practices to ensure we continue to deliver the very highest standards of professional customer service.
One recent project to catch the eye was Laing O’Rourke being named preferred contractor for the £700m regeneration of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in north London.
It was appointed under a pre-construction services agreement as part of a two-stage tender process for the main construction works.
The company will now work with joint owners Hammerson and Standard Life Investments to finalise the design and procurement before work starts next year.
The ambitious plans include a doubling of the size of the centre to two million sq ft of retail and leisure space.
Plans include 150 new shops and 50 new restaurants, plus a cinema, hotel and new town square.
Although projects may vary in size and value, many of the principles remain the same.
At McAndrew Martin we are able to understand the exact requirements of any given brief, from the drawing board through to execution in an efficient, comprehensive and cost-effective way.
The other departments in our multi-disciplinary practice which we draw upon are Architecture, Building Surveying, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, General Practice and Structural Engineers.
Our project managers are RICS qualified Chartered Surveyors, while experts in our other departments also belong to professional bodies, such as CIBSE, IMechE and IStructE.
Some of our key services include full project management, principle designer, client advisory roles, cost control analysis, onsite construction management, stakeholder engagement and preparation of contract documentation.
Our Director of Project Management Lee Sargeant is RICS qualified and has a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Surveying.
He has a wealth of experience in MoD, residential, commercial and engineering projects.
Contact Lee on 02392 697193 and on [email protected] for a free and friendly, no-obligation discussion about your requirements.
Visit www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/laing-orourke-lands-700m-brent-cross-extension for more about the Brent Cross project.

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Royal seal of approval for £369m revamp

New contracts have recently been awarded for Buckingham Palace’s £369m M&E refurbishment programme.
Six leading firms have won the contracts to oversee the 10-year project: Arcadis, Arup, Capita, Gleeds, Mace and WSP.
According to Construction News, the work comes after a report warned that the palace faces a ‘very real danger of catastrophic failure leading to fire or flood’ because of outdated electrics, power and water systems.
Under the programme, around 161 km of electrical cabling, 32 km of heating pipework and 16 km of hot and cold water pipework are among the services that will be replaced.
At McAndrew Martin, professionals in our Mechanical and Electrical Engineering department always keep up to date with the latest industry developments and best practice to ensure we continue to deliver the highest quality of service.
The division, led by Director Horace McAndrew, offers services in mechanical and electrical engineering, renewable and sustainable solutions, energy efficiency, building management control systems, fire and emergency lighting design, asset data management, preventative maintenance planning, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering is one of our six directorates. The others are Architecture, Building Surveys, General Practice, Project Management and Contract Administration, and Structural Engineering.
Our expert and experienced professionals have also carried out conservation and surveying work at Buckingham Palace so we know the building well.
We were instructed to undertake quadrennial inspections of the Palace along with other historic properties, Windsor Castle, The Tower of London and Horse Guards Parade.
As a multi-disciplinary firm with national reach, we can offer a seamless service to meet any or all of your needs whether it is a multi-million pound refurbishment of a historic building or a smaller design and build project locally.
Call us on 02392 697193 for more details about how we can meet all of your M&E needs.

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Rowans Ride raises £35,000 for hospice

Congratulations to all who took part in the Rowans Ride in Portsmouth recently.
Oranisers from Rowans Hospice have just told us that they expect to have raised a staggering £35,000 from this event.
More than 300 cyclists took part and we were delighted to play our part by helping out at one of the water stations.
We’ve raised nearly £7,000 for the charity so far this year from such events as our golf day and summer garden party in support of the hospice at Purbrook.
It was a privilge to be helping the charity once again, to give back to the community.
Well done to all of those involved – especially all of the organisers and volunteers at Rowans Hospice who work so hard.
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Surveying the Autumn Bounce

The number of sales agreed in the residential property market has risen some 4.8% this September compared with 12 months ago, according to Rightmove.
The residential property sector traditionally experiences an Autumn bounce in the last burst of activity of the year, writes our Director of General Practice Ian Lee.
Although some sectors of the market are rebalancing – including more competitive asking prices in London – demand still remains strong.
Our General Practice department has noticed an uplift in requests for surveys and are advising clients to book ahead – especially if the market is buoyed by interest rates remaining at their historic low in the next decision by the Bank of England.
General Practice is one of our six disciplines along with Architecture, Building Surveys, General Practice, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Project Management and Contract Administration.
Contact our Ian for more about surveys and services for the residential property market on 02392 697193 and [email protected]
You can also read more about our services on LinkedIn at https://uk.linkedin.com/company/mcandrew-martin and on Facebook at https://en-gb.facebook.com/mcandrewmartin/
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Expert advice makes headlines

Our Expert View about structural engineering has appeared in the Portsmouth News’ Homes guide today.
In the column, our Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan highlights the growing trend for basement extensions in residential properties.
He also outlines the importance to consider structural engineering as a key aspect of any project, whether it is residential, commercial, private or public sector.
Structural engineering can be the foundation upon which many other disciplines are built, as we have found with our projects and contractions for clients nationwide.
Our six divisions provide complementary services which allow clients an integrated and smooth service. They are Architecture, Building Surveys, General Practice and party wall work, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Project Management and Contract Administration, and Structural Engineering.
Read Noor’s column on this website or pick up a copy of the News today.
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Action stations for Rowans Ride

Good luck to all the cyclists saddling up for the annual Rowans Ride this Sunday in Portsmouth.

We’re pitching in to support the sixth annual fundraiser by manning a water station at the Eastney Baths checkpoint at Southsea.

A 10-strong team including our staff and their families have volunteered to help give thousands of plucky peddlers much needed refreshment on their way around the ride.

More than 200 cyclists are due to take part in 18, 30 or 65-mile long routes from 8.30am onwards.

We’ve thrown our weight behind the extravaganza as part of our ongoing support for the Purbrook Hospice.

So far, we’ve raised nearly £7,000 for the charity from such events as our golf day and summer garden party.

Our director Ian Lee said: “Rowans Hospice are always there to provide care when people need it most so we wanted to help support them too.

“As a fast growing firm with roots in Portsmouth and a nationwide reach, it is especially rewarding to help such a worthwhile charity in the local area.

“We’ll be cheering cyclists on as well as topping them up with water to help them around the course. Good luck to everyone taking part!”

Entries are still open for the sponsored ride and people can enter on the day. Visit www.rowanshospice.co.uk/events/rowans-ride-2017/ for more details.

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EXPERT VIEW: Sound advice on structural engineering

NEW figures from the Halifax have laid bare the soaring demand for controversial basement conversions.
It found that the number of planning applications for these fashionable schemes increased from 1,084 in 2012 to 3,064 in 2016 – a 183% rise.
Although the trend for subterranean living is predominately London-based, the demand for extra room extends nationwide, writes our Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan in our latest our Expert View blog.
The Halifax’s analysis also showed that the number of planning applications for extensions shot up by 49% and loft conversions by 43% over the same period.
Structural engineering is integral to these schemes, whether it is the rich and famous installing cinemas and swimming pools in their basements or families adding an extra bedroom in the roof.
A reputable, experienced and professional firm of chartered surveyors may have its own in-house qualified structural engineer to help.
He or she will be able to provide specialist advice and support on all kinds of issues, including the structural stability of a building itself and its adjoining or adjacent properties, as well as ensuring plans meet building regulations.
Indeed, some councils now require a detailed engineering statement to support planning applications for basement conversions.
Additionally, structural engineers can also offer professional support with creative solutions for modern buildings, appraisals and reports, structural steelwork designs, engineering calculations, technical solutions and health and safety compliance.
The principles remain the same whether for residential projects or larger commercial or public sector contracts nationwide. At McAndrew Martin, we have our own Structural Engineering division which is intergral to the success of many of our projects from smaller regional schemes to major contracts nationwide.
It dovetails neatly with our other directorates – Architecture, Building Surveys, General Practice (including party wall work), Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Project Management and Contract Administration – whilst also delivering added value for clients and helping us to provide the best service and professional solutions.
Cutting corners can only lead to disaster as the owners of some basement conversions have discovered when their multi-million pound house has collapsed around them.
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Celebrating 70 years of Listed buildings

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947.
The law effectively represented the start of the Listed building system we have today. To date, the list features 400,000 entries – including palaces, piers, windmills and bridges.
To celebrate the anniversary five more additions have been announced. They are a London cabbie’s shelter, a First World War wireless station, a ‘hobbit house’ in Yorkshire, a home in the Cornish woods and a Jewish Cemetery.
All were listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England.
Listing is important as it helps preserve the special fabric of our land, buildings and places – essentially the heritage of our nation. It means they can be protected for posterity and for future generations to enjoy.
As Building Surveyors – with fully qualified RICS Members and Fellows among our expert team at McAndrew Martin – we possess the rigorous knowledge, skills and understanding required to help safeguard such heritage for many years to come.
Environmental wear and tear, tourism, pollution, maintenance, structural diagnosis and repair are among the challenges to consider for inspections and conservation work on Listed buildings.
Our Building Conservation and Surveying expertise has been used on many historic and important properties nationwide, including many famous landmarks you will see in London from Horse Guards Parade to the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.
Our Building Surveying department uses the latest technology, including drones, to deliver the greatest results.
Our services include:
• Building pathology with practical solutions
• Building design and innovative solutions
• Building condition appraisals and reports
• Schedules of dilapidations and leasehold liabilities
• Advice on property estate management
• Expert reports and court attendance
• Asset data management surveys and advice
Building Surveying is one of our six divisions, all with nationwide reach. The others are Architecture, Building Surveying, General Practice, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Project Management and Contract Administration and Structural Engineering.
You can read more about the latest listed buildings at https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/news/70-years-of-listing
• Contact director of Building Surveying Bruce Scott for more details about our expert services on 02392 697193 and [email protected]

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We’re in the News – Leasehold surveys come under spotlight

An article by our director Ian Lee about leasehold property has appeared in a prominent position on page three of the Homes supplement in today’s Portsmouth News.
Ian explains how householders have become more aware of issues surrounding this type of property ownership and taking steps to safeguard its value with extended lease terms.
Leaseholder property comes under the spotlight amid Government concerns about some housebuilders selling new homes leasehold rather than freehold – with concerns over ground rent increases and leasehold terms.
Ian says there has been increased demand for valuation surveys as householders seek to extend the length of their leases. In some cases, groups of leaseholders in apartment blocks are joining together to buy the freehold of the entire property.
At McAndrew Martin we carry all types of land, property and building surveys in our General Practice department. General Practice is one of six divisions in which we provide property services nationwide: Architecture, Building Surveying, General Practice, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Project Management and Contract Administration and Structural Engineering.
You can read the article about leasehold property on this website or contact Ian for more details.
Ian is also seeking to recruit more residential valuation surveyors to join our expert professional team so we can provide more support for householders.

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