Riverside Park Limited v NHS Property Services Limited
New guidance on whether internal partitions and other tenant works are chattels or fixtures; a cautionary tale for tenant lease breaks.
Lack of government incentives puts brakes on energy efficiency
80% of commercial property landlords claim a lack of government incentives is the single biggest barrier to widespread energy efficiency measures being introduced across UK commercial real estate, according to TFT, the leading property and construction consultancy, in the TFT Energy Survey 2016 published today.
With a confusing array of disconnected, individual energy regulations, a further 75% have said that the current regulatory framework is too complex to navigate. This comes even though an overwhelming majority of respondents to TFT’s first annual survey (92%) say that attitudes to energy efficiency have improved since the last recession.
Similarly, 90% are clear that energy efficiency is a higher priority in their portfolios than it was before 2008. However, only 35% of investors have introduced a formal energy management system or implemented energy efficiency improvements.
TFT Energy Survey 2016 is TFT’s first annual survey into the current barriers to delivering truly energy efficient real estate. Specifically targeting property investors and managers, it explores a range of key issues including whether energy efficiency has become a higher priority.
Mind the gap: Dilapidations in England and Scotland
A review of the differences in dilapidations between Scotland and England has just been published by TFT. Produced by Neil Wotherspoon, who heads up TFT’s Edinburgh office, it provides an outline of the key differences and summarises some recent developments.
New Year, new CPD hours – dilapidations update
The New Year heralds the need for more CPD hours and our e-learning training video – Dilapidations: Preparation and Negotiation – provides structured CPD to get your CPD commitment underway. Supplementary notes and the slides are available. To request a copy of these please click here.
The role of Performance Bonds in limiting financial risk
R22 Refrigerant: A dilapidations perspective
A guide for landlords and tenants to the dilapidations implications of R22 refrigerant in air conditioning units.
How to proof the project against ‘at risk’ contractors
The recent lean period has seen a number of contractors become ‘at-risk’ or worse, to the detriment of individual projects and the industry in general. However, there are a number of steps that can be taken to mitigate the impact to clients as employers under building contracts. A recent article in the May/June issue of Building Surveying Journal by TFT Partner Alistair Allison outlines the risks and how to manage them out of the process.
Real Value Engineering – The importance of joined up thinking when it comes to sustainability
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Guidance Note
Changes to the CDM regulations
On 6 April 2015, the new Construction Design & Management (CDM) Regulations come into force, with wide-ranging changes that will affect all construction work, affect existing duty holders and create new ones.