Residential Building Services

Residential Building Surveying Services

Cube’s ethos is to provide the client with the outcome they require. To this end they seek to offer tailored services to meet the client’s specific needs. 
One example of Cube’s unique and unrivalled customer service is their accompanied full building survey service, where the potential buyer is invited to meet the surveyor in the property at the end of the survey.

The potential purchaser is appraised of the property’s risks and opportunities as early in the conveyancing process as possible and can make their plans accordingly. 

Cube’s design services incorporate advice for and submissions of planning and building control applications. 

The design team have excellent working relationships with local authority planning departments and have enjoyed great success in securing permission for a large number of loft conversions, basement fit outs and side and rear extensions.

Cube have a select list of contractors who they invite to tender for works and who are procured via a mixture of price and quality evaluations so as to provide additional comfort for all Cube clients.

Building surveying and asset management

  • Planned maintenance programmes
  • Energy performance certificates (DEA/NDEA/DEC’S)
  • Stock and condition surveys
  • Planned maintenance and capital works programme services
  • Pre-acquisition reports

Project and design services

  • Contract administration
  • Project management
  • Cost planning and management
  • Feasibility reports
  • Tendering and procurement services
  • Residential design services (extensions, loft conversions, basement refurbishments)

Our defect analysis includes

  • Damp
  • Water Ingress
  • Cracking
  • Roof repair
  • Timber damage
  • Rot assessment
  • Energy advice

Professional Services

  • Party Wall Surveying 
  • Expert Witness Reports
  • Reinstatement Cost Assessment 

Islington High Street, London

Ampthill survey report
Alex Manuel MRICS 
Conversion of three floors to residential accommodation and refurbishment of two floors of commercial space

Location: London

Contract Value: £1.1 Million

Contract: JCT Intermediate Contract 2011 with contractor’s design

Type Of Property: Mid-terrace property over five floors, previously fully used as commercial space

Overview: Convert top three floors to high-specification, luxury residential accommodation; refurbish ground and basement floors to provide lettable commercial space; and refurbish / replace external fabric. The main challenges faced involved dealing with the constraints of an approx. 200 year old property and the level of work needed to it, whilst also meeting the requirements of the building’s Listed status. From a QS perspective, the challenges involved managing the costs on a scope of work which was not fully clear from the information issued by the Architect, as well as the subsequent number of changes made to the scope of work once works commenced on site – this was largely a result of intrusive investigation not being possible at design or tender stage, due to the Listed status and other technical complications.

Outcome: Cube were appointed as Quantity Surveyors, undertaking valuations, reviewing costs of variations and liaising with the Architect as Contract Administrator as necessary to assist in the delivery of the project, including reporting to all parties on costs throughout the life of the project. The works completed on site at the beginning of February 2017. Although the budget had risen, the main reason for this was the addition of improvements to the fenestration which were a particularly costly item, but very beneficial for the residential units and useful in achieving maximum value on sale.

Services provided

  • Quantity Surveying
  • Recording of all meetings
  • Procurement advice

Ampthill

Ampthill survey report
Jim Mallams MRICS
Overview: Due to time constraints the client needed the survey and report within 5 working days. The client needed to be made aware of any latent issues that are often associated with a property of 200 years of age and wish to be appraised of headline costs for any significant works (damp, electrical re-wiring). The client also wanted to be advised as to potential 'permitted development' rights for the conversion of a garage within the curtilage of the garden.

After completing the purchase of the property, the client employed Cube to submit Local Authority and Building Control applications for the conversion of a large garage into a separate annexe with en-suite facilities.

Services provided

  • Design
  • Planning and building control applications
  • Specification
  • Tendering
  • Procurement
  • Project and contract management
"Of the alternative options, such as a Homebuyer's Survey, the full building survey represents exceptional value for money. The scope and depth provide enormous peace of mind and the opportunity to actually discuss at the property, both the surveyors' findings and ask about load bearing walls, and his advice as to possible planning permission, effectively influenced my decision to make the offer."
Building survey

St Johns Wood

St Johns Wood
Jim Mallams MRICS
Outcome: First time buyers who were naturally very cautious of both the entire conveyancing process and the amount of the financial investment.

The couple were particularly concerned as to the quality of alterations carried out over the course of the property’s life.
 
In addition to the comprehensive scope of the survey Jim conducted in-depth analysis of roof structure works and their subsequent load bearing capacities.

Jim liaised with partnering structural engineers and was able to provide verbal and written confirmation of the soundness of the structure.

The couple were also interested in the possibility of removing internal walls to facilitate an open plan living and dining space and again Jim was able to provide them with details of what would be required and their associated indicative costs.

The couple completed on the purchase.

Services provided

  • Full Building Survey
  • Defect Analysis
  • Repair Cost Schedule
"Of the alternative options, such as a Homebuyer's Survey, the full building survey represents exceptional value for money. The scope and depth provide enormous peace of mind and the opportunity to actually discuss at the property, both the surveyors' findings and ask about load bearing walls, and his advice as to possible planning permission, effectively influenced my decision to make the offer."

Courtfield Gardens, London

Courtfield Gardens
Jim Mallams MRICS
Asking Price: £4.6 Million

Aim: To undertake the current condition, design and issues associated with the architecturally enhanced top floor duplex flat. Concerns over the roof terrace and the implications for the rooms below. The Client, also wished to know about any matters that may affect ongoing maintenance and repairs due to the location of the flat.

Outcome: Cube realised concerns over the roof terrace design and the extent of dismantling required to clean roof windows. They also advised an unused of means of window cleaning and the concerns over the architectural stair case. The client was fully informed regarding the issues and means of reducing or eliminating risk on occupation. 

Services provided

  • Full Building Survey
  • Defect Analysis
  • Repair Cost Schedule

Lyttleton Road, London

Brick house
Jim Mallams MRICS
Type of Property: 1930s Purpose Built Top Floor Flat

Outcome: The potential purchaser had concerns over occupancy insofar as the structural soundness of the roof.

The client needed to know what present condition the roof was in and what its likely life span was. Further, they wanted a cost appraisal of the various options available to them should the roof structure and associated materials be deemed to failure within a defined period.

After providing a comprehensive full survey of all other related property issues, the majority of time and resources were devoted in the roof void and on the roof itself.

In the surveyors opinion, the roof was in such a poor condition that it would need replacing within the time frame set by the potential purchaser. Equipped with the survey report and roof replacement costings the client sought to renegotiate with the vendor/freeholder.

The client was unable to secure the savings required and the purchase did not proceed.

Fairview, Flitton Hill

Brick house
Samuel Hardy BSc

Fairview, Flitton Hill

Client brief: The client had previously submitted internal and external plans to the local planning department but with the property falling within a conservation area Cube were commissioned to make essential alterations to ensure the application was successful.

Sam Hardy, Cube’s lead designer worked alongside the client and succeeded in gaining full planning permission. In addition the design changes improved both internal aspects in terms of configuration and also externally by provision of an outside space via incorporation of a Juliette balcony.

Services provided

  • Design Services
  • Measured Surveys
  • Planning and Building Control Application submissions

The Pleasance, Harpenden

Brick house
Samuel Hardy BSc
Client brief: The clients faced a particular challenge due to the need for a structural reconfiguration and Sam Hardy worked alongside one of Cube’s partner structural engineers to achieve a solution agreeable to both client and local conservation officer.

Cube successfully secured the desired design change under a non-material amendment which saved the client both time and expense.

The client achieved their desired open plan living space on the ground floor and the additional bedroom on the upper floor and remained within the client’s design budget.

Services provided

  • Design Services
  • Measured Surveys
  • Planning and Building Control Application submissions

High Street, Cranfield

computer rendered image
Samuel Hardy BSc
Client brief: A structural challenge presented itself in achieving the open plan living space that the client desired.

The 10 metre opening that was required was the significant challenge to the project. The balance was to keep the quality of the materials within the client’s budget yet still have a high-end spec alongside great materials etc.

Outcome: The client wished for a high specification scheme with maximum light input. To assist the clients visual understanding of the proposals, a full photographic computer rendered image was created. This enabled the client to accept the scheme before sealing costs.

Services provided

  • Design Services
  • Measured Surveys
  • Planning and Building Control Application submissions
  • Photoshop 3D imaging for internal layouts
  • On site quality reviews

Chaulden Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Brick house
Computer Rendered Image
Samuel Hardy BSc 
Alex Manuel MRICS
Client brief: The client is undertaking the extension and refurbishment of their existing dwelling. The work includes the construction of the single storey rear extension, including fitting out the building so it is complete to a finished standard for this part of the premises to be occupied and used by the client. Behind the rear extension the formation of a raised decking area will be built. A two storey side extension will also be built and fitted alongside alterations to the driveway or the property. There will be a complete refurbishment of the main house including all structural alterations and knocking through, where relevant to the new extensions. A conversion of the existing loft space will make habitable rooms and linking with loft area of side extension.

 In respect of the M&E installation, the Employer wishes to achieve a modern installation within the rear extension but retain a more traditional feel to the finishes in the side extension and existing house, all of very good quality commensurate with the high specification property that is to be created. They are seeking a future-proofed installation as their intention is for the property to be a family home for the next 20 years and so the services installations should not need major overhaul or upgrading during the timeframe. This should be accounted for within the Contractor’s design for all elements but having particular regard to the power and data provision, with sufficient bandwidth to allow for security, audio, data, (limited) video and utility controls.

 They are also seeking an energy efficient solution to service provision so that running costs of the completed premises are kept to a minimum, for example utilising LED light fittings. 

Services provided

  • Design Services
  • Measured Surveys
  • Planning and Building Control Application submissions
  • Tendering
  • Project Management
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