Investment and Development
We are experienced contractors with building surveying and Party Wall expertise. Our team can plan and ensure your projects are completed quickly, cost-efficiently, and according to local regulations.
When doing an extension or a build you would traditionally follow this process:
- Architect designs the plans
- Structural engineer does calculations
- Builders are called in to give quotes
- A Party Wall Award may need to be done with your neighbour
- Work starts
An Extra Pair of Eyes and Hands
With their years of experience, project managers can pick up on any missed work or work done incorrectly. The project manager would instruct the builder to have this rectified.
A project manager’s job is to take the stress off your hands and ensure the build proceeds as smoothly as possible and within the agreed timeframe and budget while maintaining good relationships between all parties.
Attendance is essential, as nothing beats seeing what’s going on in-person and provides the opportunity to communicate with personnel on-site.
Some project managers attend once a week, others every second day depending on the project. Experienced developers require frequent attendance by all team members.
Builders may have given an initial quote, but they go over budget for a variety of reasons. It is typical. Project managers deal with all parties, plus deliveries – all of which must be within a tight deadline to avoid delays in the build and finances. Our aim at Prinsegate is to be under budget, and we know that time is money.
When problems arise, your project manager must be quick-thinking and find solutions for continued efficiency. A project manager can make or break a project. Your project manager is arguably the most important party in your build, as they have the ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the build.
Finding the right ones for the job is half the battle.
These must be placed when required.
These need to be managed in respect of maintaining good relationships between suppliers and builders.
Continually forecast and keep the team updated on any changes.
Achieving targets and monitoring progress can keep the team on track.
Letting all the stakeholders know what stage everyone is at.
This should occur almost daily.
Checking the build is compliant with local building control and council by-laws.
At Prinsegate Chartered Surveyors we undertake projects big and small for our clients. With a background as contractors and years of building surveying and Party Wall expertise, our team is able to plan and ensure your projects are completed in a timely, cost-efficient manner in line with local regulations. Give us a call today to discuss your project and find out how we can assist.
Browse Our Projects
A former church, which has been converted into residential apartments, was plagued by water ingress and mold through the windows and roof. The job was a difficult one in that the origin of the incoming water proved very difficult to locate for each case due to the complex structure of the building. However, all box gutters were provided with new lead linings. Other rainwater drainage items and roof tiles were replaced and windows repaired.
Damp in the flats were caused by a combination of rising and lateral damp through the porous sandstone exterior of the former church—this required specialist internal damp proofing. The project was extended to nearly double its anticipated duration due to the client adding more and more instructions for repair. In the end, the job was completed within budget and to the satisfaction of clients.
A time-critical job, which had Christmas Day as the deadline: this project involved replacing all windows in the block, repairing all powder-coated steel balustrades, and external redecoration.
Even though the job was plagued by heavy snow and unusually low temperatures, the works were completed just in time for the holidays and, of course, on budget.
A very complex job: Randolph Avenue is a listed building in a conservation zone of London’s Maida Vale. The works generally comprised a complete overhaul of all sash windows, repair of cornices, stucco work, and redecoration of the front and rear elevations.
The rear did not offer access, so the rear scaffold had to be built by carrying every pole over the roof. Solar paint was applied to the roof, and various joinery repairs were carried out. The job suffered from freezing and rainy weather, which extended the total duration by 2 weeks. However, the job was completed successfully.
The works comprised a complete overhaul of all sash windows and casement windows of the block. Exterior access was not restricted; however, access to the inside of the apartments for the redecoration of the windows requires close coordination with occupiers.
Exterior access was obtained by cherrypicker and tower scaffolding, which was moved along the perimeter as the works progressed. The job was completed on time and within budget.
This particular building is located in the heart of busy Soho. The property featured a protruding rounded glass bay over the upper floors, suffering from water ingress through the rubber seals and from the various stone features surrounding the bays.
The job was made difficult because of the numerous parking and highway restrictions in Soho. A deadline for scaffolding was set for 1-week maximum.
Nevertheless, a solution was found for the various leaking glass panels and roof. The job was finished within 1 week as required.
A vast estate in North London: Penrose house is home to 41 apartments. The works comprised a complete overhaul of over 200 windows and other minor repairs.
The majority of the windows were the sash window type. The repairs to the joinery and the redecoration of the windows required complex coordination with each flat owner to gain internal access. The job was completed successfully.
This particular block located in Parnell Road, London E3, was a straightforward job of redecorating all windows and replacing sealant rubbers for each.
The building had scaffold front and rear and, following the ever complex coordination with occupiers to gain internal access, the job was completed well before the deadline and within budget.
The works comprised of a complete refurbishment of a stylish bar/restaurant in Knightsbridge. The entire restaurant was fitted out with a new bar, stools, and kitchen.
Total replacement of all electrical and plumbing systems was also required. The exterior was remodelled with a new logo on the front gable, a new terrace fitted with an electrical canopy, planters, and heaters.
The job took longer than expected because of client design changes during the works. The works were nonetheless completed to the satisfaction of the parties involved.
A retirement home: Mantle Court needed its 30 retirement apartments kitchens replaced.
The job required to be completed within 6 weeks, which meant that one kitchen had to be ripped out and replaced in one day, every day. This also included some tiling and decoration.
Access to each apartment was complex since the occupiers were not being relocated. Often, appointments were ignored or missed.
Good communication with the managing agent allowed the works to catch up for 30 kitchens to be fitted within 30 working days.
The reinstatement of two apartments with steel cladding and large terraces following fire damage was particularly challenging.
The two apartments were additions to the 5th and 6th floor, and the fire had irreparably damaged the left flank of the roof extension. Additionally, the terrace and the flat roof insulation underneath had been damaged.
The building would have been left exposed to the weather to demolish these burnt items, and a roofed scaffold was therefore constructed.
The roof extension needed many of its steel cladding segments replaced.
The two apartments needed to be refurbished entirely due to the smoke, and new roof insulation and timber decking were installed. A large motor and extraction fan for the smoke extraction system was relocated.
Although marginally past the deadline, works were carried out to the satisfaction of the Insurance Company and the Freeholder.
A very complex and involved job: Compayne Gardens comprised a complete overhaul and replacement of rainwater drainage system, roof and chimney repairs, construction of earth retaining wall, and the refurbishment of one of the apartments.
Access to roof and higher sectors could only be achieved by the entire scaffold, which was cost-prohibitive. A high cherrypicker was opted for instead.
Despite complications to access caused by parked cars, highway restrictions, and a narrow passage on the side of the building to the rear, the job was completed.
Large and complex maintenance of the entire building and rebuilding of parts thereof; the works comprised of rebuilding chimney stacks in Victorian replica bricks, reconstruction of the rear veranda, reconstruction of the front red brick bay windows, installation of support beams in collaboration with an engineering bureau, sash window overhaul, and complete internal and external redecoration.
The job was completed on time and within budget.