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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

Digital Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator

An excellent opportunity to be part of our forward-thinking in-house marketing team to support the delivery of marketing campaigns with a combination of high impact graphics and visuals, with knowledge of digital delivery.

This is a dual role with the opportunity to work across both digital marketing and graphic design to continue to build on your experience and expand your knowledge.

Key accountabilities

  1. Work closely with the senior graphic designer to achieve brand consistency and help deliver marketing initiatives through creative designs based on the different requirements for web, print and social media.
  2. Use graphic design techniques and creative capability to achieve presentation and communication goals in relation to bids, capability statements, case studies and other needs, working closely with key stakeholders.
  3. Understand the basics of digital marketing: website content management, social media, digital advertising and SEO. You will contribute to these channels working with the Head of Communications and Marketing Manager.
  4. Contribute ideas to marketing campaigns which support company and department business plans in their growth aspirations.
  5. Versatility to assist with such other tasks as and when required in line with supporting marketing and wider TFT team – for example at events.

Job requirements

  1. A passion for design, creative flair and problem solving.
  2. Work well within a team and be a supportive colleague across the London office.
  3. Use feedback constructively to improve.
  4. Ensure QA approaches are used for content approval before despatch.
  5. Recognise the strengths of colleagues and be a source of encouragement.

Skills

  1. High level of organisation and attention to detail
  2. Comfort with multi-tasking in a deadline-driven environment
  3. Excellent time management skills
  4. Experience with B2B social media, social networking and email marketing
  5. Creativity and problem solving
  6. Strong written, verbal and proof-reading skills for different audiences

Education and Experience Requirements

  1. Experience in marketing or design led environment delivering to briefs
  2. Relevant qualification
  3. Knowledge of design techniques and relevant software eg: Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
  4. Experience with content management systems (intranet and extranet), social media (LinkedIn, Insta, Twitter) including the different design requirements/specifications for these platforms

Package indicators

  • Market level salary plus benefits: Private Health Care (after 6 months), Life Assurance and 25 days annual leave. Season Ticket Loan, Cyclescheme and company pension scheme on completion of probation period. Annual pay review.
  • Excellent career progression opportunities

Secretary (part-time)

An excellent opportunity for a commercial/professional services secretary to join a growing national building consultancy. You will join the team providing full secretarial, report writing and administrative support to TFT Partners and the technical team, as well as working with the secretarial team members in the London office and the national secretarial team. The role will also include meeting support and greeting visitors.

This is a part-time position for 3 days a week (days tbc) and will be office based to support the team.

Key accountabilities

  1. Provide Partners and surveyors with high level accurate secretarial support carrying out audio typing of letters, survey reports, specifications, and minute notes when required. Some copy typing also required.
  2. Compiling large reports, with significant numbers of photographs and using TFT templates.
  3. Sharing Reception duties, answering telephone calls and taking messages, meeting and greeting visitors, and providing refreshments
  4. Photocopying and binding reports and documents
  5. Advanced knowledge of Word and Excel for calculations and schedules
  6. Dealing the incoming and outgoing post and taking parcels to the post office when needed
  7. Undertake fee billing through bespoke software
  8. Occasional diary management, arranging appointments, organising meetings, booking travel and accommodation
  9. Any other reasonable tasks that may be required as part of the role to support the office/team.

Performance criteria

  1. ‘Can do’ attitude, to flex to range of tasks required
  2. 75 wpm, copy typing and accurate high-volume audio
  3. High standard of written English
  4. Excellent proof-reading ability
  5. Numerate
  6. Excellent document formatting skills
  7. Professional telephone manner
  8. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

Skills and behaviour

  1. Must have commercial report writing experience
  2. Strong capability with technology and embracing new systems
  3. Excellent administration, communication and organisational skills
  4. Knowledge and experience of property/law terminology from a professional services background
  5. Proactive approach to tasks, ability to prioritise effectively
  6. Reliability and initiative
  7. Able to work independently and as part of a team
  8. Flexibility to support office administration needs
  9. Accuracy with attention to detail
  10. Diplomacy
  11. Confidentiality

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, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guildford, Leeds, London, Manchester and Southampton.

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.

TFT promotes 14 employees in October

This October TFT promoted 14 employees from across our team, recognising the achievements of our colleagues, whether they provide specialist advice to our clients or provide central services for the business.

Development and progression is integral to our success and enjoyment of our work. We invest in professional growth for everyone – from the moment you join our team through every step of your career with us, that support is tailored to your role and your ambitions.

Managing Partner, Alistair Allison had this to say – “We’re delighted to be able to celebrate these promotions, which recognise the impact these individuals have made at TFT, and the exciting opportunities ahead”

Congratulations everybody!

Director

Alasdair Balfour                   Built Assets

Louis Maycock                     Development

Owen Williams                     Development

Associate Director

Alex Raddings                      Built Assets

Carolina Caneva                 Sustainability

Chris Dark                            Engineering         

Jack Holland                        Built Assets

Jon Williams                         Built Assets

Kevin Lewis                          Engineering

Taran Dev                             Development

Associate

Matt Handley                        Development

Senior Surveyor

William Bliss                         Built Assets

Central Services

Lorna Melton-Scott              HR Business Partner

Rae Boyden                          Marketing & Graphic Design Executive

In tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“We are saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and join the world-wide commemoration of her service and leadership.

She leaves a historic legacy and a lasting example of selflessness and diligence through her life’s work.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family and all those who feel her loss intensely.”

Alistair Allison, Managing Partner, TFT

Senior Energy & Carbon Consultant

We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Energy and Carbon Consultant to join our London office to help support the growth in demand for our UK-wide energy performance and net zero carbon services.

You will work in a positive environment, with full support, training and mentoring provided to achieve CIBSE Level 5 NDEA accreditation and Chartership (or Chartership through other relevant professional association) and have excellent career progression opportunities.

TFT’s Engineering and Sustainability hub consists of 21 engineers and consultants across our network of UK offices and provides a platform for professional and technical growth. You will have the opportunity to work on high profile commercial properties and developments for clients including abrdn, Derwent, Grosvenor, LaSalle, L&G, M&G and The Crown Estate.

The team is expanding, and this is an opportunity for a candidate to make an impact on key service lines within an established business, which is drive the decarbonisation of the built environment.

TFT is passionate about people development and will provide you with excellent and progressive career opportunities and sponsored learning.

Key accountabilities

  1. Work directly with our key clients to understand their energy performance and net zero carbon needs, which will include the provision of advice, regular client contacts and adding value by signposting new research/industry collaborative opportunities/events or raising awareness of best practice.
  2. Alongside your colleagues provide a leadership role within project teams to embed energy and sustainability best practice and promote innovation; this will include engaging with and inspiring teams to embrace sustainability in your own unique way in a range of environments including site visits, workshops, meetings, and problem-solving sessions.
  3. Undertake and manage energy performance certification projects (EPC, MEES, DEC, ESOS etc.), including building surveys and the assessment of evidence submitted, create and update building simulation models using IES VE software.
  4. Undertake dynamic simulation modelling required to address environmental assessments’ credit requirements, such as TM54, TM52, passive design, LZC studies, etc.
  5. Carry out appraisals of existing buildings and new developments as part of technical due diligence for investors, focusing on key energy and carbon considerations such as MEES compliance, net zero carbon and operational energy performance.
  6. Working closely with your colleagues, assess and model the performance of developments and provide operational energy data for whole life carbon appraisals and when necessary, produce accompanying reports.
  7. Assist in the development of other members of the Engineering and Sustainability Hub in the principles of Energy and Carbon, including use of dynamic simulation modelling and other tools, through on the job learning and coaching.
  8. Draft requirements for tender documentation for contractors when required.
  9. Alongside your colleagues support the development of climate change resilience strategies that will address both the chronic impacts of climate change on energy demand and cost over time at an asset level.
  10. We encourage our team members to undertake CPD and in shaping the industry conversation and as such we support your participation in industry events, working groups, and attendance at networking opportunities.
  11. We will support you in developing your networking and BD capabilities and encourage that you draw on your network of contacts, proactively engage in business development and promote TFT.
  12. Preparing case studies, award submission content and blogs.

Performance criteria

  1. Minimum 5 years’ experience within an engineering and energy and carbon consultancy environment.
  2. Degree in mechanical/electrical engineering, environmental engineering, sustainable design and construction, or similar.  Ideally, an MSc in an energy and low carbon related course.
  3. Be commercially minded, with 3 to 5 years’ experience of working with real estate investors, developers and occupiers.
  4. Hands-on experience of delivering complex projects within the built environment, building services or engineering, and development of low and zero carbon energy strategies. Good understanding of building services, their operation and applicability.
  5. Ability to assess technical data and architectural drawings. Competency in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office packages is essential. Knowledge of Revit, Google SketchUp, Python, MATLAB, VBA, Rhino or similar would be beneficial.
  6. Ideally, be an accredited CIBSE LCEA Level 5 assessor and have 3 to 5 years of associated experience; an expert in the use of IES VE.
  7. Extensive knowledge of energy modelling including asset and operational ratings/assessments, UK energy and sustainability policy framework and legislation, Building Regulations.
  8. Experience in delivering Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) assessments, providing domestic and non-domestic Part L compliance advice.
  9. Ability to help to create and build successful client relationships.
  10. Demonstrable understanding of M&E systems within buildings, including practical implementation of low energy and carbon design.
  11. Understanding of Revit and BIM.

Skills and behaviour

  1. Must be able to work as part of a team, but be self-motivating and work independently when necessary
  2. Confident communicator both verbally and in writing
  3. Driven and ambitious to achieve
  4. Thorough understanding of the needs and demands of a wide range of people and how to meet and exceed their expectations
  5. Accurate with high attention to detail
  6. Ideally strong analytical and mathematical skills
  7. A flexible approach to work with a willingness to travel
  8. Excellent organisational skills
  9. Able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  10. Ability to develop commercial awareness and desire to be client facing
  11. Full UK driving licence

Package indicators

Competitive salary offered plus benefits: discretionary bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop to support flexible and hybrid working, Private Health Care (after 12 months), Personal Accident cover, Life Assurance, 25 days’ holiday, flexible working opportunities and one day a year charity leave.

Cycle scheme, interest free season ticket loan and company pension scheme 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 150 partners and employees operating from a network of offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guildford, Leeds, London, Manchester and Southampton.