Career Location: Leeds

TFT is a certified B Corp

TFT begins its 50th year in business with exciting news for our future: we are now B Corp certified!

As TFT’s impact on the world has grown with the size of our business and the scale of our client services, we are determined that our future growth continues to be positive and sustainable. B Corp certification enables us to do just that, by recognising the highest standards of social and environmental performance and aligning our ongoing efforts with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Our first impact assessment gave TFT a B Impact score of 112.6, exceeding the 80-point certification threshold and more than doubling the median score for businesses taking the assessment (50.9). We were recognised for delivering positive impacts supporting workers, clients, communities and the environment across our business.

See our first B Impact Assessment Score and an explanation of its component parts, here.

Our approach to commercial real estate and construction consultancy was an important part of certification. We help clients maximise the value and resilience of their buildings, and with integrated decarbonisation support, we enable them to reduce embodied and emitted carbon risks across the whole building lifecycle.

Our ethical business practices were also recognised, including our focus on team wellbeing, development & reward; charitable engagement; environmental policies; professional leadership and a business structure which is legally committed to benefit a wider set of stakeholders than those with financial interests alone.

“We are delighted to have achieved B Corp certification at the start of our 50th year in business. As we look to our future, it’s only right to embark on a programme of improvement and seek wider benefits for our professional and local communities, as well as our environment.

“The certification recognises the value and impact of the advice we offer to clients to improve their buildings, as well as the emphasis we place on growing our business as a force for good.

“B Corp certification is about much more than winning a badge; it represents an ongoing commitment to improve. We’re now part of a global community of ambitious organisations, with whom we will work to advance our own standards.”

Alistair Allison, Managing Partner at TFT

TFT joins a global movement of over 6,000 companies meeting B Corp standards, and we’re excited to embark on the next step in our journey committed to continual development alongside these sustainable businesses.

Many of the principles underlying B Corp already play an important role in TFT’s ongoing environmental strategy, supporting decarbonisation in the real estate and construction sector.

As part of our plan for continuous improvement, we are verifying our science-based carbon reduction target and action plan, with The Science Based Targets Institute.

On an industry-wide scale, we are active in furthering the standard of sustainability across construction and real estate. This year, we are supporting key initiatives including the British Property Federation’s upcoming net-zero carbon policy recommendations for the UK Government. We are also part of the cross-industry effort to launch a pioneering Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard, on top of ongoing advocacy and leadership as part of the RICS, UKGBC, and as a Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) delivery partner.

To maintain B Corp status, companies must be reappraised every three years, demonstrating continuous improvement and accountability against the B Corp standards which are kept updated by expert input. TFT will be working closely with the B Corp assessment process to ensure the business builds on the significant achievements already made, as well as exploring new areas for growth and development.

TFT’s first impact report, reflecting on our first year of progress as a B Corp, will be published in January 2024.

Chartered Building Surveyor

An excellent opportunity for a recently Chartered Building Surveyor to become part of our growing building surveying team in our Leeds office working on a wide and varied range of building surveying disciplines in a commercial environment with an enviable and national client base including The Crown Estate, Aviva, Legal & General and M&G among others.

You will have the opportunity to gain more autonomy, build client relationships and have the potential to specialise in a chosen area as you progress through your career. You will be part of a very supportive environment with great opportunities for career progression.

You will be part of a flexible and very supportive environment with great opportunities for career progression.

Key accountabilities

Primarily working within the commercial sector undertaking a wide range of building surveying, but not limited to:

  1. Contract administration
  2. Technical Due Diligence
  3. Dilapidations
  4. Building Pathology
  5. General building surveying commercial work in line with a Chartered Building Surveyor role

Performance criteria

  1. MRICS (0-2 years PQE)
  2. Degree in Building Surveying
  3. Excellent and accurate report writing skills
  4. Experience of working in a pro-active commercial environment
  5. Sound knowledge of building contracts in a commercial context
  6. Able to meet fee targets and generate new business through building successful client relationships
  7. Commercially astute
  8. Embraces technology
  9. High level of up-to-date technical building knowledge

Skills and behaviour

  1. Must be a good team player and able to work independently
  2. Confident and concise communicator both verbally and in writing
  3. Business focused and willing to be involved in business development and building client relationships
  4. Thorough understanding of the needs and demands of clients

Package indicators

  1. Competitive salary plus benefits: Car allowance, Fee related bonus scheme, iPhone & Laptop to support flexible & hybrid working, Private Health Care (after 6 months), career development investment, Personal Accident cover, Life Assurance, 25 days holiday, long service awards and Professional Membership subscription.
  2. Company pension scheme after 3 months
  3. Cycle scheme and interest free season ticket loan available on completion of probationary period.

About TFT

TFT is the leading independent firm of Development, Built Asset & Engineering and Sustainability consultants. We place the wellbeing of people and the performance of buildings at the heart of everything we do.

We’re proud of our reputation for integrity and delivering work of the highest quality, blended with commercial pragmatism. We offer a strong track record across all commercial property sectors, advising investors, developers, occupiers and owners on maximising best property asset values. Diversity and strength in depth is important to us. Whether it be a technical thought leader with a career’s experience – or a recently qualified rising star – in today’s risk averse world you need people on your side with a reputation for diligence, transparency, intellect and commercial insight. Clients see TFT as large enough to provide the expertise and resources to get the best from their portfolios, and small enough for it to matter personally.

We have over 160 partners and employees operating from a network of offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cambridge, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guildford, Leeds, London, Manchester, Leeds and Southampton.

Quantity Surveyor

An excellent career opportunity for a Chartered or Senior Quantity Surveyor to play a key part in the cost consultancy team in our Manchester office, working on a wide and varied range of projects in a commercial environment. You will be client facing working with an enviable and national client base including The Crown Estate, Aviva, Legal & General and M&G among others.

You will support and enhance the business growth plans providing high calibre professional advice to key clients and will be part of a flexible and very supportive environment with great opportunities for career progression.

Key accountabilities

  1. To deliver cost planning and cost management services in relation to construction projects and in support of the wider building consultancy team in Manchester
  2. To help deliver and support the growth of the cost consultancy service line in Manchester and expand the existing offer to key commercial investor clients within office, retail, industrial and commercial office portfolios
  3. Pre and post contract stages including feasibility studies, cost planning, reporting on tenders and agreeing final accounts
  4. Work to support the growth and expansion of cost consultancy services at TFT.

Performance criteria

  1. Sound knowledge of building contracts including JCT
  2. Independent delivery of procurement; single and two stage tendering
  3. Cost consultancy experience in the commercial, residential and retail sector
  4. Ability to demonstrate experience of good client relationship management
  5. Proven track record of delivering end to end commercial cost consultancy
  6. Strong experience of working on project values ranging from £1m to £30m
  7. Experience of using a variety of forms of contract
  8. Strong commercial experience with a proven ability to meet and exceed fee target

Skills and behaviour

  1. BSc Quantity Surveying
  2. MRICS qualified
  3. Deliver services with autonomy and engender confidence in clients
  4. Diligent in experience with complex projects
  5. Must be a good team player but able to work independently
  6. Confident, client facing communicator both verbally and in writing
  7. Commercially focussed: Develop client relationships so you become a key point of contact & Willing to attend events/seminars
  8. Be involved in creating successful new and existing client relationships through networking and business development
  9. Willing to travel.

Package indicators

Competitive salary plus benefits: Car allowance, Fee related bonus scheme, iPhone & laptop to support flexible & hybrid working, Private Health Care (after 6 months), career development investment, Personal Accident cover, Life Assurance, 25 days holiday and Professional Membership subscription.

Cycle scheme, interest free season ticket loan and company pension scheme all available on completion of probationary period.

About TFT

TFT is the leading independent firm of Development, Built Asset & Engineering and Sustainability consultants. We place the wellbeing of people and the performance of buildings at the heart of everything we do.

We’re proud of our reputation for integrity and delivering work of the highest quality, blended with commercial pragmatism. We offer a strong track record across all commercial property sectors, advising investors, developers, occupiers and owners on maximising best property asset values. Diversity and strength in depth is important to us. Whether it be a technical thought leader with a career’s experience – or a recently qualified rising star – in today’s risk averse world you need people on your side with a reputation for diligence, transparency, intellect and commercial insight. Clients see TFT as large enough to provide the expertise and resources to get the best from their portfolios, and small enough for it to matter personally.

We have over 160 partners and employees operating from a network of offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cambridge, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guildford, Leeds, London, Manchester, Leeds and Southampton.

Quantity Surveyor

An excellent career opportunity for a Chartered or Senior Quantity Surveyor to play a key part in the cost consultancy team in our London office, working on a wide and varied range of projects in a commercial environment. You will be client facing working with an enviable and national client base including The Crown Estate, Aviva, Legal & General and M&G among others.

You will support and enhance the business growth plans providing high calibre professional advice to key clients and will be part of a flexible and very supportive environment with great opportunities for career progression.

Key accountabilities

  1. To deliver cost planning and cost management services in relation to construction projects and in support of the wider building consultancy team in London
  2. To help deliver and support the growth of the cost consultancy service line in London and expand the existing offer to key commercial investor clients within office, retail, industrial and commercial office portfolios
  3. Pre and post contract stages including feasibility studies, cost planning, reporting on tenders and agreeing final accounts
  4. Work to support the growth and expansion of cost consultancy services at TFT.

Performance criteria

  1. Sound knowledge of building contracts including JCT
  2. Independent delivery of procurement; single and two stage tendering
  3. Cost consultancy experience in the commercial, residential and retail sector
  4. Ability to demonstrate experience of good client relationship management
  5. Proven track record of delivering end to end commercial cost consultancy
  6. Strong experience of working on project values ranging from £1m to £30m
  7. Experience of using a variety of forms of contract
  8. Strong commercial experience with a proven ability to meet and exceed fee target

Skills and behaviour

  1. BSc Quantity Surveying
  2. MRICS qualified
  3. Deliver services with autonomy and engender confidence in clients
  4. Diligent in experience with complex projects
  5. Must be a good team player but able to work independently
  6. Confident, client facing communicator both verbally and in writing
  7. Commercially focussed: Develop client relationships so you become a key point of contact & Willing to attend events/seminars
  8. Be involved in creating successful new and existing client relationships through networking and business development
  9. Willing to travel.

Package indicators

Competitive salary plus benefits: Car allowance, Fee related bonus scheme, iPhone & laptop to support flexible & hybrid working, Private Health Care (after 6 months), career development investment, Personal Accident cover, Life Assurance, 25 days holiday and Professional Membership subscription.

Cycle scheme, interest free season ticket loan and company pension scheme all available on completion of probationary period.

About TFT

TFT is the leading independent firm of Development, Built Asset & Engineering and Sustainability consultants. We place the wellbeing of people and the performance of buildings at the heart of everything we do.

We’re proud of our reputation for integrity and delivering work of the highest quality, blended with commercial pragmatism. We offer a strong track record across all commercial property sectors, advising investors, developers, occupiers and owners on maximising best property asset values. Diversity and strength in depth is important to us. Whether it be a technical thought leader with a career’s experience – or a recently qualified rising star – in today’s risk averse world you need people on your side with a reputation for diligence, transparency, intellect and commercial insight. Clients see TFT as large enough to provide the expertise and resources to get the best from their portfolios, and small enough for it to matter personally.

We have over 160 partners and employees operating from a network of offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cambridge, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guildford, Leeds, London, Manchester, Leeds and Southampton.

The future for life sciences: renewables, refurbishment and retrofit?

Peter Wyld, Head of TFT’s Cambridge office, spoke with Property Week on the outlook for the life sciences sector in the near future. Life sciences defines much of the commercial property market in Cambridge, Oxford and the ‘arc’ region between the two cities, due to the close proximity of quality research talent and cutting-edge tools from neighbouring universities.

The sector is far from constrained to one area however. In London’s Canary Wharf, a development covering 750,000 sq ft will become the largest commercial life sciences building in Europe with wet-land facilities, on completion in 2026.

The UK biotech and life sciences industry has seen £4.5bn of investment in 2021 alone, and that stimulus will support expanding and improving their facilities. Primarily, purpose-built research parks will play the largest part in meeting those needs, but there is increasing opportunity in repurposing existing buildings to the sector’s needs too.

Peter Wyld, Cambridge office head highlights some key issues with finding the space for growth in the industry:

“The areas of investment in the UK where Life Sciences operations are located are invariably ‘talent hotspots’

This clustering of R&D companies intensifies pressure on the occupier market, putting a focus on buildings which provide high levels of quality amenities for occupiers and which are seen to be in the most desirable locations.  It is not uncommon for occupiers to compete with each other for different ways to retain good quality talent.  Constructing business parks or premises with these facilities takes years and requires confidence from investors.  As such, offices with facilities where staff can eat, exercise and have access to healthcare are invariably in demand and space is rarely empty for long.”

Long-term, guaranteed access to power supplies is becoming a major consideration for many investors who are starting to experience issues with the ability of network suppliers to provide timely and commercially viable power upgrades to meet increasing demands. 

“Areas where development exceeds the rate in which infrastructure is strategically upgraded have suffered the most.  This is particularly true around the Home Counties where distribution network operators are coming under increasing pressure.  Power is usually more accessible nearer to large generation sites, for example Edinburgh and large parts of Scotland, which is a net exporter of power.

Quite a lot of UK wind energy is also generated in specific locations such as the Humber, giving nearby cities like Leeds an edge.

“Some investors are exploring on-site renewable options while others are looking to be smarter in the way in which occupiers of their assets use available power. There is also a growing de-gasification agenda with major institutions, which could be short sighted.  Investment has been ramping up in Green Hydrogen, notably with announcements by Scottish Power at the Port of Felixstowe and French investment into Newcastle. Access to an alternative gas supply may help mitigate against infrastructure upgrade timelines where the future gas connection may be repurposed.  In common with the onshore wind and solar market, there are already signs of landlords and owners seeking to ‘bank’ energy in a ‘first-come-first-served’ protocol.”

The types of buildings required for Life Sciences facilities must be highly adaptable to the rapidly changing requirements of the sector which, in some cases, need to be addressed in months rather than years. 

Specific requirements tend to include larger-than-typical floor-to-ceiling heights to allow for the rapid and regular circulation of air; enhanced drainage facilities to service wet-lab environments; and column-free office space, such as that delivered by TFT at 400 & 450 Longwater Avenue, in Green Park, Reading.

“While access to power remains a fundamental concern for any business, given the capital outlay involved in upgrading services it is understandable why developers will install only what is needed to meet immediate needs.   Greater consideration should be given to future flexibility and potential gas connections – at least while gas continues to be a part of the national energy strategy – or else to hydrogen stores to supplement lower electrical capacities.  External plant rooms built into planning applications from the outset, for example, can help to minimise power risks for occupiers in the future.”

Read the full article in Property Week, here: https://www.propertyweek.com/markets/backing-the-life-sciences-boom/5122063.article

Get in touch with Peter Wyld to discuss the life sciences sector and others shaping the Cambridge region.

The Prow

TFT was Project Manager, Cost Consultant, Sustainability Consultant, and Principal Designer to support the client in delivery of a turnkey contractor project.

The 1,664 sqft Cat B office fit-out included open plan office, meeting room, acoustic seating booths, comms room, and tea point. Works included partitioning, finishes, lighting upgrades, data and power installations, furniture installation, and mechanical adaptations.

TFT did the preparation and implementation of bespoke set of Development Sustainability Principles to include aspects such as waste and energy monitoring, low-VOC products and materials, responsible supply chain sourcing, etc. TFT worked closely with the contractor, client, agent, and property manager, to deliver the project within budget to a high standard of finish.

Our team helped the client in deciding the appropriate method to divert existing services to the relocated comms room location in order to facilitate ease of connection for an incoming tenant.

TFT panel event: Delivering tomorrow’s Net Zero Carbon buildings, today

On Wednesday December 7th, TFT is hosting a panel event about delivering Net Zero Carbon buildings, taking on the practical challenges and solutions to create the buildings of the future.

The challenges of data, resources and funding are wide-ranging, so we’re bringing together TFT specialists who provide many services supporting decarbonisation works from strategy to execution. Our panel will cover data, modelling, costing, managing and assessing the works. Chris Winn from Boultbee Brooks will join us to provide an asset manager’s viewpoint too, highlighting the wider concerns and competing priorities our clients face.

Panel speakers (top left to right):
1. David Medcraft – Head of Development Project Consultancy, TFT (Moderator)
2. Chris Winn – Property Asset Manager Boultbee Brooks Real Estate,
3. Liam Drawwater – Head of Cost Consultancy, TFT,
4. Carolina Caneva – Associate Director, Energy & Carbon, TFT,
5. Osama Shawky – Senior Energy & Carbon Consultant, TFT

Whether you target 2025, 2030 or 2050, the time window to deliver on Net Zero Carbon commitments is narrowing. Unfortunately, the scale of change required across property portfolios can seem ever-growing. With the pledges signed and the strategies published – now is the time to act on those ambitions and get to work on the vast array of buildings around the country.

Join in!

Are you interested in joining us? We’ll be hosting the panel in our London office, and streaming the event online too, so get in touch and let us know how you’d like to join the event. We’ll do the rest! info@tftconsultants.com

Sustainable procurement vs. supply chain risks

We are all too aware of the great risks facing construction projects today, but our industry is less aware of the more sustainable procurement solutions which could address them.

The nature of global supply chains can mean fluctuations in costs, project delays and inconsistent scrutiny on material provenance. The latter point has risen quickly up the agenda, considering high level ESG commitments which require developers and building owners to understand their carbon emissions and wider impacts beyond their site or asset.

Collaborative and measured approaches to material procurement can mitigate those risks.

In a recent article for Construction News, TFT Partner and Head of ESG Mat Lown wrote about new and better approaches to sustainable procurement which manage the carbon and financial risks faced by the construction industry.

More resourceful, sustainable approaches include considered design and material re-use. All require a realistic ‘whole life’ view of building products, such as:

Collaborate across projects and programmes

Procuring materials and reusing materials across a range of construction or demolition projects is a clear route to efficient and sustainable development. It hinges on a holistic approach to project and programme management.

A great example is Grosvenor’s Holbein Gardens, a redevelopment and one-storey extension of a 1980s office building off Sloane Square in London. It is one of the first projects in the UK to reuse steel salvaged directly from a demolition site, reducing embodied carbon and contributing to the growth of the second-hand materials market in our industry.

Addressing the environmental, social and governance agenda means that our teams are working more closely with contractors and material providers than ever before. We are seeing more interest in long-term contracts encompassing maintenance, upgrade and reuse of products during their lifespan.

Find out more about programme management.

Invest in your future supply chain

Leading developers and owners are taking a financial stake in key materials and suppliers to allow closer control over future supply chain issues. It means they can oversee production as well as the installation of materials.

Legal & General’s investment in modular-homes production is one example. The company now operates a dedicated 550,000-square-foot factory near Leeds, which can produce up to 3,500 properties per year. It demonstrates how businesses in our sector can take inspiration from other industries – such as aviation and automotive manufacturing – to supply much-needed homes in more efficient and sustainable ways.

Making these investments work is another challenge for collaboration. Getting the right specialist input to set up and monitor the success of production is critical.

Lay the groundwork for material re-use and smarter specifications

More prescriptive and accurate material specification means a higher quality product with less waste throughout an asset’s life. It’s easier said than done, but the work begins with effective collection and maintenance of building data. If building owners own a useful asset register that encompasses all the materials across their portfolio – with details of their state and potential for reuse – they can make more informed decisions about procurement and maintenance for sustainable use.

‘Materials passports’ offer a means of cataloguing the properties of a product or material, and Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the obvious channel for holding that information. Initially, such a model supports accurate specification and installation, then it informs future building maintenance work and subsequently the re-use opportunities for building materials or products in future schemes.

However, as with many technologies, such models can only succeed if a project team sets it up correctly from the outset and an occupier or owner team maintains it over time.

Are you looking for new opportunities to get more value from your buildings and development projects?

The approaches we describe here each require varying levels of commitment. But for those willing to adopt them, commercial benefits will follow.

Materials are fast becoming an ‘alternative’ commodity in the development process. They add to the commercial real estate equation of building value vs investment.

Are you looking for new opportunities to get more value from your buildings and development projects? Our teams can help you understand the scope for material re-use and plan for more sustainable built asset management. Together, we can help to lessen supply chain pressures and offer alternative solutions to meet demand for materials, helping to build resilience against future crises.

Want to find out more?

Contact Mat Lown, our Head of ESG and Sustainability services, here.

Contact David Medcraft, our Head of Development Management services, here.

Daisy Fox-Pope

Daisy is a Director based across Bristol and London. Daisy specialises in project monitoring, including Funder, Investor and Lender / Independent Monitoring Surveyor, across all sectors. She has experience previously leading Dilapidations and Planned Maintenance Strategy for The Crown Estate.

In 2017, Daisy was shortlisted in the Building Surveying Category for RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards.

Clients such as Hitachi Rail have said – “Daisy has been a welcome and useful addition to the project and a great ambassador for her company.”

Pitney Bowes – “Throughout Daisy has dealt efficiently and proactively with both the details and the strategy. Daisy is extremely professional and approachable. She stands out for her clear and consistent thinking.”

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I love to travel and explore as much of the world as I can with highlights including Thailand (been there four times), Vietnam, Canada, India and Argentina. Next on my list with my husband is either Colombia or Peru!

I am part of a run club, social netball team, and have recently joined a tennis club (albeit erratic at best). I love hiking particularly enjoying ice trekking in Patagonia, completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenges and the various trails in Madeira and Mallorca. I also hope to complete the South West Coastal path when time permits.

Highlights for 2022 include moving from London to Bristol in April to be closer to family and also getting married in May!

Neil Granger

Neil is a degree qualified building services engineer and sustainability consultant based in TFT’s Edinburgh office. He has over 20 years of experience in building services, sustainable design and technical management for domestic and international projects across a number of sectors.

Neil has undertaken several framework lead roles for MEP services, with previous experience in both public and private sectors. He has also led individual projects out of these frameworks, both as a design manager and technical lead, including new academies for Aberdeenshire Council and global manufacturing facilities for General Electric.

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Away from work, I enjoy sport, particularly cricket and rugby, undertaking both playing and coaching roles. I’m also a trustee for The Yard Scotland; a charity supporting disabled children and young people, and their families, through adventure play.