M+E Consultancy

Technical Due Diligence in Commercial Property

Technical due diligence (TDD) enables those involved with the acquisition, occupancy and disposal of commercial property to understand and manage risk, make informed decisions, and future-proof their investments. Building services installations are more dynamic – and their associated issues often result in greater disruption and cost – than the building fabric elements, so M&E technical expertise and advice is a fundamental part of the TDD process.

TFT wins mandate for M&G

TFT has been appointed onto the M&G Building Surveying Term Consultancy Agreement. The national framework will extend over three and a half years and will cover core Building Surveying roles, including: Project Management; Technical Due Diligence; Development Monitoring; Dilapidations and Neighbourly Matters. It will also entail Mechanical and Electrical Services, Employers Agent and Cost Consultancy.

Alan Pemberton, Managing Partner, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, said:

M&G is now a slightly different business to how they were when we lasted worked for them. Today there is a major emphasis on investing in large, high quality assets across the UK and Europe. Naturally we are delighted to have been instructed by such an internationally important investor. We expect to be very busy indeed.

TFT flushed with success

Image: Business Leader, 2017

TFT have just completed Technical Due Diligence on behalf of Korean clients of Knight Frank Investment Management ahead of their acquisition of 10 Canon’s Way, a landmark office building adjacent to Bristol’s Floating Harbour. This is one of the largest office spaces in Bristol, providing 16,408m2 over 5 floors, including a central atrium. TFT also undertook an M&E review as part of the TDD work and provided a reinstatement cost assessment.

What is really unusual is that 10 Canons Way is cooled by water extracted from the Bristol Floating Harbour, which is the non-tidal reach of the River Avon. It is believed to be the only building currently cooled in this innovative and sustainable way on the harbourside.

However, it is unusual but not unique. TFT Partner Paul Spaven, who undertook the due diligence work at Canon’s Way also provided Technical Due Diligence for the recent acquisition of a new headquarters building for a private bank in Geneva. This was interesting in that there are seven storeys above ground and seven below ground although the real interest is that it is also cooled by water from Lake Geneva nearby.