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The type of property and instructions advise on are typically diverse, interesting and often throw up a host of complex technical and commercial challenges. Providing advice that ‘hits the spot’ is what we’re good at.  

Our experience means we can assist in the vast majority of building surveying instructions.  We have worked on some iconic buildings and are more than happy to get stuck into those tricky assets too. We’ve worked on industrial buildings, offices, retail, mixed use property and bespoke property.

Our portfolio below is a small fraction of what we do but each one has been selected to demonstrate how our approach works for our clients.

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Services

We provide a wide range of building surveying services.

Our advice is always independent, free from conflict or cross selling. We only act in our clients’ best interests and tailor our advice to support their commercial objectives. We get results. Whether you are a landlord of commercial property, an investor, developer or an owner occupier, we can provide all the specialist building surveying advice you need.

Our services are flexible and choreographed to the suit the specific requirements of an instruction.  We can work fluidly on fixed fees, capped fees or a time charge basis where relevant to the advice provided and clients needs.  

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Asset Managers

Developers

Occupiers

Gray Scanlan Hill have demonstrated consistently that the advice we provide matters.

We’ve been instrumental in ‘tidying up’ assets, plugging gaps in missing paperwork, putting in place strategic maintenance procedures and administering targeted refurbishment work, amongst other things.

We work regularly with a variety of investors and asset managers. The expertise we offer has made us a trusted advisor to a number of long-standing clients.

We have many years of experience inspecting and reporting on individual buildings and portfolios of all types and sizes. We know the time constraints you are under to clear surveys and we know you need to see the bigger picture, quickly. We offer immediate feedback and balanced commercial advice putting risks and costs into context so that you can proceed with confidence.

With market leading expertise, we can very quickly appraise leases and advise you on the strength and weaknesses of mid and term end actions, how best to deal with them and how to maximise the recovery of any losses when your tenant fails to address their contractual obligations. You can rely on us to evidence the tenant’s failings (…. it’s all about the breaches) and prepare a credible schedule. Equally, you can rely on us to develop a strategy to bring about a resolution – we are very conscious that a quick commercial settlement might well be in your interest.

Essential for protecting you against the risks of spurious claims for damages following construction activity and for benchmarking condition pre-lease or transfer. Our annotated photographic schedules provide a degree of detail that leaves no room for doubt.

Successful works bring buildings and spaces back to life to provide valuable income. The capability to take a good brief, interpret requirements, design well, procure to the right suppliers, work with professional teams and contractors to deliver the right solution, is crucial. We can provide the experience and practical know-how to deliver your project in line with requirements.

When you’re providing development funding, you need to know the risks as and when they arise. We can undertake your due diligence, be your eyes and ears on procurement, cost, quality and programme throughout the scheme to keep your investment safe.

You want to know that the work your tenant proposes doesn’t adversely impact upon your investment or the value of your property. As your representative, we can protect all your interests and ensure your tenant treats your property with the respect it deserves and leaves it in the same state at lease end.

Sometimes things go wrong, defects present themselves, a dispute arises; it happens. What happens next and the decisions you make are critical. The advice you receive is pivotal in this decision-making process. We aim to provide objective, well-balanced technical reports, with facts trumping opinion, wherever possible. We are happy to act as an advisor or take instruction from solicitors and prepare CPR35 complaint expert reports for Court.

It is good to know what’s around the corner. We can help you plan and prioritise maintenance for accruals, funding and / or service charge management. Undertaking building condition appraisals and preparing Planned Maintenance Programmes (“PMPs”) is of course a core building surveying skill; however, not all PMPs do the job – our objective has always been to tailor something that is relevant to the building and the Client’s purse and, importantly, something that will be adopted and used by the FM Team – one size rarely fits all.

Need your buildings assessing for the purposes of insurance? We can help you by undertaking Building Reinstatement Cost Assessments on individual buildings and portfolios to help you make sure you are insured at an appropriate level.

With complex laws and regulations that govern development near the land of another, you need to know that your Neighbourly Matters Consultant cuts the mustard.

De-risking projects is something that we ultimately help developers with whether it be Rights of Light Advice, Daylight & Sunlight advice, Party Wall or advice on condition.

With industry leading professionals and dedicated specialist expertise, you’re in good hands.

The existence of rights of light can present a significant risk for your development. Our two-stage approach is designed to highlight any risks with preliminary advice to minimise abortive time and expense and detailed technical analysis to enable you to optimise the full potential of your development site.

Through early and proactive involvement, we can identify and minimise the risk to your development scheme, from the preliminary design stage through to the right resolution of any disputes as an appointed surveyor.

Essential for protecting against risks of spurious claims for damages following construction activity, the quality of your records of condition of boundary or neighbouring structures is crucial. Our annotated photographic schedules provide a degree of detail that leaves no room for doubt.

Undertaking development on confined sites may require the use of neighbouring land and the space above. We can identify the risks at an early stage and assist you in securing the consent required to avoid trespass and achieve the most cost-effective method of construction.

With many years of experience inspecting and reporting on commercial buildings of all types and sizes, we know you need to see the big picture, quickly. We offer balanced commercial advice on issues, risks and costs, benchmarking the condition of properties you acquire so that you can confidently proceed with your eyes wide open.

Sometimes things go wrong, defects present themselves, a dispute arises; it happens. What happens next and the decisions you make are critical. The advice you receive is pivotal in this decision-making process. We aim to provide objective, well-balanced technical reports, with facts trumping opinion, wherever possible. We are happy to act as an advisor or take instruction from solicitors and prepare CPR35 complaint expert reports for Court.

Need your buildings assessing for the purposes of insurance? We can help you by undertaking Building Reinstatement Cost Assessments on individual buildings and portfolios to help you make sure you are insured at an appropriate level.

When you’re providing development funding, you need to know the risks as and when they arise. We can undertake your due diligence, be your eyes and ears on procurement, cost, quality and program throughout the scheme to keep your investment safe.

It is good to know what’s around the corner. We can help you plan and prioritise maintenance for accruals, funding and / or service charge management. Undertaking building condition appraisals and preparing Planned Maintenance Programmes (“PMPs”) is of course a core building surveying skill; however, not all PMPs do the job – our objective has always been to tailor something that is relevant to the building and the Client’s purse and, importantly, something that will be adopted and used by the FM Team – one size rarely fits all.

As an occupier you will face the prospect of leasing and / or buying commercial premises to trade from or call home.

We can help you ensure they provide an appropriate working environment, compliant with industry legislation and assist you plan, procure and budget for growth or consolidation. Let us take some of the stress away from property occupation so that you can get on with your primary objective, running your business.

Forewarned is forearmed. We can advise you on the space or buildings you are committing to, advise you on the lease obligations you will be taking on and the suitability of the accommodation for your business. Fully informed, you will have the opportunity to negotiate sensible terms with your prospective landlord and finesse your fit-out specification to address any base build design shortcomings.

With market leading expertise and negotiation experience, we can advise on any dilapidations claim you receive and assist in ensuring you don’t pay more than you need to. We can also advise you on how much you should be putting away to cover such obligations at lease end as well as point out timescales, risk and advice. It’s all about being prepared.

Essential for protecting against the risks of spurious claims for damages or future dilapidations claims, the quality of your records of condition is crucial. Our annotated photographic schedules provide a degree of detail that leaves no room for doubt.

Successful works for occupation or to comply with outgoing dilapidation liabilities require a detailed understanding of occupation requirements and business needs. The capability to take a good brief, interpret requirements, design well, procure to the right suppliers, work with professional teams and contractors to deliver the optimum solution, is crucial. We can provide the flair and know-how to deliver your project in line with requirements.

Sometimes things go wrong, defects present themselves, a dispute arises; it happens. What happens next and the decisions you make are critical. The advice you receive is pivotal in this decision-making process. We aim to provide objective, well-balanced technical reports, with facts trumping opinion, wherever possible. We are happy to act as an advisor or take instruction from solicitors and prepare CPR35 complaint expert reports for Court.

It’s good to know what’s around the corner. Whether your strategy is for future planning, purely reactive, a life-cycle cost forecast or you have an obligation to manage service charge, we can provide a plan for your property that reflects your needs in a user friendly and up to date format. If you don’t want the hassle, we can help implement it for you to!

Clients

We act for property companies, investors, landlords, developers, occupiers and referral agents, and work across a variety of commercial sectors.

Our job is to understand your business needs, develop a strong working relationship, and provide specialist advice with commercial understanding and a completely independent view based on your interests alone.

If commercially focussed, independent expertise is what you require and you are seeking a trusted advisor, we are your perfect partner.

“Emerson has worked with Gray Scanlan Hill over the last 12 years to service our building surveying requirements across the group, predominantly dilapidations and acquisitions, as well as some rights of light and party wall instructions.

I can be a demanding client with exacting standards and I’ve always found that the quality of service I receive from the team exceeds my expectations.

Their experience of dealing with complex issues means that they tend to be my first port of call and I can always rely on their knowledge, understanding and ability to manage expectations resulting in the best possible outcome. A trusted advisor I can depend on.”

Jonathan ClarkDirector

Team

Our directors Mike Scanlan, Simon Hill and Darren Hughes offer in excess of 70 years’ combined industry experience.

They are supported by a team of time-served professionals, adding 40+ years of hands-on technical building surveying expertise to the team.

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