Service Category: Development

Mechanical Building Services Design Engineer

An excellent opportunity to become part of our friendly and collaborative business within the successful and dynamic M&E team, which forms part of the wider Engineering and Sustainability Hub.

Working as part of an established building services (M&E) team, we require a mechanical design engineer to support the London M&E project offering, working with and reporting into, our regional projects lead.

There will be opportunities for personal growth and developing new skills, working for high profile clients delivering exciting projects at leading properties and developments across the UK and Europe. Our project work covers various sectors including commercial office buildings, as well as retail, industrial and residential.

This role is for someone who is keen to establish themselves in a leading multi-disciplinary property consultancy practice and support the growth of our team.

The successful candidate will deliver packages of mechanical design work across a variety of instructions, with a focus on projects that progress our clients decarbonisation aspirations. Ideally you will have professional experience within the building services industry, with a consultant or contractors design background.

You will work in a positive environment, with full support, training and mentoring provided to achieve CIBSE Chartership.

TFT’s Engineering and Sustainability hub provides national coverage to our network of UK offices. We are passionate about providing personalised career progression opportunities and development for all who work with us.

Key accountabilities and deliverables

  1. Work in conjunction with the existing Engineering and Sustainability (E&S) team, reporting to the mechanical Associate Director.
  2. Support the technical delivery of engineering systems (both detailed and performance design basis), for projects within our client’s key sectors. This shall include all aspects of mechanical services design including air conditioning, ventilation, domestic services and public health design.
  3. Attend site meetings, produce well-written technical reports and presentations for clients and projects that are engaging and balanced with infographics.
  4. Lead mechanical input on individual projects assigned by the team lead.
  5. Undertake surveys and provide technical input to MEP projects.
  6. Support the Energy and Carbon team to deliver EPC & MEES and NZC. This may include IES modelling, as well as review of feasibility of M&E improvements.
  7. Collaborate with the E&S hub’s mechanical engineering team to identify and develop best practice. This is to include workflows as well as standard templates and documents.
  8. Assist in preparing budget cost estimates for project designs.
  9. Ensure successful delivery of design and monitoring projects working alongside the wider MEP team.
  10. Drive individual financial performance in line with agreed targets.
  11. Begin to build and manage individual pipeline.
  12. Contribute to the continued success of the London project team, collaborating and working with our energy and carbon and sustainability consultants to support our clients decarbonisation strategies.
  13. 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.

Key Skills/Knowledge/Qualifications

  1. BSc/BEng (Hons) or MSc/MEng Engineering degree with work experience in a building consultancy (or comparable qualifications/career experience/on the job learning).
  2. Interest in sustainability and net zero carbon (ideally with some experience in sustainable design).
  3. Three years post qualification experience.
  4. Ideally MCIBSE. or working towards accreditation – support will be provided to achieve this.
  5. Hands-on experience of delivering 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.
  6. Ability to assess technical data and architectural drawings. Competency in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office packages is essential. Knowledge of Revit, MS Project, and mechanical design software including IES and ability to undertake hand calculations is required. Knowledge of Google SketchUp (or equivalent), Python, VBA or similar would be beneficial, but is not vital.
  7. Working knowledge of IES, SBEM and Part L requirements
  8. Ability to co-ordinate workload and resources with engineers and graduates in the team

Person Specification

  1. If not already achieved, an aspiration to work towards Chartered Engineer status or keen to do so (full support will be given)
  2. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with people of all levels and seniority
  3. A flexible approach to work with a willingness to travel
  4. Able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  5. Ability to prioritise and act on own initiative, working independently with guidance from line management
  6. Excellent organisational skills and exceptional attention to detail
  7. Commercial awareness and desire to be client facing
  8. Strong drive for personal growth, learning new skills and career progression
  9. Desire to support an existing successful service offering
  10. Specification and report writing skills.
  11. Working knowledge of UK standards.
  12. Able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

What’s in it for you?

Competitive salary plus benefits: discretionary bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop to support flexible working, Private Health Care (after 6 months), Personal Accident cover, Life Assurance, 25 days holiday, 1 day charity leave and 1 wellbeing day per year. Company pension after 3 months.

Cycle scheme and interest free season ticket loan on completion of probationary period.

We are BCorp 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. https://www.tftconsultants.com/tft-is-a-certified-b-corp/

DEI at TFT

At TFT we don’t aim to tick boxes and count numbers and percentages, we create an environment where anyone, from any background and life experience, can do their best work. We empower you to bring your full, authentic self to work. We are diverse by nature and inclusive by choice.

If you’re driven to perform, you’ll fit right in, we approach work fearlessly, learn quickly and improve constantly. A bright idea can come from anyone. We believe diversity drives innovation.

Our approach to diversity, equity and inclusion is simple – we embrace everyone. We wouldn’t approach a building survey in a one-dimensional way, so we don’t our people.

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 180 employees operating from a network of offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guildford, London, Manchester, Leeds and Southampton.

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

Sandwich Placement Building Surveyor

We have an excellent opportunity for a placement building surveyor to join our London office from Summer 2024.  You will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of building surveying disciplines in a commercial environment expanding your knowledge of hands-on building surveying experience within the built environment. You will be part of a very supportive team with full support provided. You will also get the opportunity to attend our inhouse corporate graduate training sessions, bringing together national experts to up skill both TFT and client graduates.

Key accountabilities

TFT has an enviable client list and you will work with institutional funds such as M&G, L&G & Aviva among others. You will have the opportunity to work on a mix of professional and project work including:

  • Contract administration
  • Surveys and scheduled of condition
  • Technical due diligence
  • Dilapidations
  • Building Pathology
  • Due diligence services
  • Specification/maintenance management
  • PPM, RCA’s and licences to alter
  • Pre-acquisition surveys
  • Project Monitoring
  • Working to complete APC competencies

Performance criteria

  • Currently studying BSc Building Surveying (RICS accredited course)
  • Confident in talking to a wide range of people to build relationships
  • Experience of CAD would be an advantage but not compulsory

Skills and behaviour

  • Must be a good team player but able to work independently
  • Confident communicator both verbally and in writing
  • Thorough understanding of the needs and demands of a wide range of people and how to meet and exceed their expectations
  • Accurate with high attention to detail
  • Reliable
  • Good time management skills
  • Preferably have a driving licence and access to use of a car
  • Willing to travel

We are BCorp 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. https://www.tftconsultants.com/tft-is-a-certified-b-corp/

DEI at TFT

At TFT we don’t aim to tick boxes and count numbers and percentages, we create an environment where anyone, from any background and life experience, can do their best work. We empower you to bring your full, authentic self to work. We are diverse by nature and inclusive by choice.

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 180 employees operating from a network of offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guildford, London, Leeds, Manchester and Southampton.

Chartered Building Surveyor

An excellent opportunity for a Chartered Building Surveyor to become part of our growing building surveying team in our Cambridge 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 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
  2. Degree in Building Surveying, or equivalent
  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
  5. Full driving licence and access to a car

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, long service awards and Professional Membership subscription.
  • Company pension scheme after 3 months
  • 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.

We are BCorp 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. https://www.tftconsultants.com/tft-is-a-certified-b-corp/

DEI at TFT

At TFT we don’t aim to tick boxes and count numbers and percentages, we create an environment where anyone, from any background and life experience, can do their best work. We empower you to bring your full, authentic self to work. We are diverse by nature and inclusive by choice.

If you’re driven to perform, you’ll fit right in, we approach work fearlessly, learn quickly and improve constantly. A bright idea can come from anyone. We believe diversity drives innovation.

Our approach to diversity, equity and inclusion is simple – we embrace everyone. We wouldn’t approach a building survey in a one-dimensional way, so we don’t our people.

Emily Baigent

Emily is based in TFT’s Edinburgh office and sits across the Energy & Carbon and Sustainability teams. Her project experience covers a range of commercial property types for services relating to all aspects of energy & carbon reduction, including net zero strategy, and sustainability at all stages of an asset’s life.

In the time since joining, she has contributed to the production of publications including the RICS iSURV Whole Life Carbon update and BE News. As a Scottish Property Federation (SPF) Futures member, Emily also sits on the Sustainability and Building Design Committee in Scotland.

Outreach is an important aspect of her work as she is committed to LGBTQIA+ allyship, encouraging women into STEM and the construction industry, and introducing the world of surveying and sustainability to a wider demographic of young people.

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Hello.

Outside of work I am a serial hobby collector – predominantly relating toward sport. I used to compete nationally at dressage before I gave up horses in 2018 shortly before I moved to university. I moved from the south of England to Edinburgh in 2022. This was as I love the abundance of outdoor space you have access to up here, alongside the benefits of living within a capital city.

I have also been to a number of wonderful places including Cambodia, Uganda, and a lot of Europe. I have many more plans to keep travelling and am always interested in discovering how to travel in a sustainable/ less impactful manner.

Lion Yard

Lion Yard is located in the centre of Cambridge and is the oldest of Cambridge’s three shopping centres. It sits within a conservation area just off Market Square. TFT was appointed as Project Manager, Employer’s Agent, Sustainability and Energy Consultant, Principal Designer, Party Wall Surveyor and Rights of Light / Daylight Sunlight Surveyor for these major refurbishment works being undertaken within a live shopping environment.

The works will be undertaken in several phases. Firstly, the sub-station in the basement will be moved and upgraded to make way for a new nightclub, currently located on the 3rd floor. Once the nightclub is relocated, floors 1, 2 & 3 above the shopping centre will be converted from offices to a 130-bed hotel. At the same time, a new Food and Beverage Quarter with public realm will be constructed.

The project is not without challenges. TFT identified the drainage provision for the hotel as a potential risk from the start of the project. With most retail units below occupied, options were limited and the drainage routes to the basement were limited. The restricted floor-to-ceiling heights reduced the options available to run new drainage in raised floor voids. TFT knew that hotel operators would not accept pumped or vacuum drainage systems and the decision was taken to accelerate the drainage design early in the design process. As a result of this, routes for new drainage drops were identified and concentrated in areas which didn’t affect existing retailers.

Photovoltaics will be installed on the roof of the hotel. The scheme is targeting a minimum of BREEAM “Very Good” to meet both the client and proposed hotel operator’s corporate social responsibility objectives.

TFT’s first annual B Corp impact report is here

TFT became B Corp certified at the end of 2022, as part of our commitment to creating more positive impacts through our work and the way we operate as a business.

Now, one year in to our journey, we are publishing TFT’s first ever B Impact Report. This is our snapshot of 2023 from the perspective of the five B Corp impact pillars: Employees, Environment, Community, Customers and Governance.

Last year we celebrated our 50th birthday with two big announcements: we established TFT’s Employee Ownership Trust and we launched our in-house training and development platform to keep our team ahead of ever-advancing industry best practice.

But there has been so much more going on!

We continued to drive decarbonisation across the built environment with all our services. We aligned all our offices to rigorous environmental standards. We welcomed more graduate and placement roles into our team than ever before. We became B Corp advocates with one-to-one support for clients and industry peers, as well as joining industry debate on certification and what it all means. We campaigned for better policies from government to support Net Zero Carbon goals. Our team published industry guidance for Whole Life Carbon management across the building lifecycle. And we supported national and local charities with our time, resources and financial support.

All of these achievements, and more, are steps on our sustainable growth journey. We look forward to more progress still to come, and hope you’ll join us along the way!

Check out our full report via the link below.  

TFT CPD sessions: Sustainable due diligence: the right data at the right time for transactions

Today’s buildings face tough challenges from market expectations, sustainability commitments and ESG objectives. What needs to be done to make these existing assets more valuable today and more resilient for tomorrow? 

On November 28th, TFT kicked off its latest knowledge-sharing session on this topic. We held ‘Decarbonisation: the future for today’s buildings’ at RSA House; and featured three panel sessions combining expert advisors from the TFT team with project partners and client guests to bring multiple perspectives to the conversation.  

The morning began with a look at commercial real estate acquisitions; a time-sensitive and often high-stakes process in which purchasers need to see the opportunities and challenges posed by a given asset, and vendors need to present a clear case to the market. 

Panel overview: 

Our panel for ‘Sustainable due diligence: the right data at the right time for transactions’ discussed the importance of understanding an asset’s sustainable credentials and potential within the typically tight timelines of a real estate transaction.   

Our panellists were:  

Jay began by talking through the changing nature of building acquisitions and the need for a clearer understanding of a building’s sustainable potential. He noted how Technical Due Diligence (TDD) reports have evolved from mere snapshots of a building’s physical state to become templates or roadmaps for post-acquisition improvement works. 

From Feldberg Capital’s perspective, Jon explained how TFT reports guide investor requirements, underwrite sustainability targets, insurance policies, and building performance improvements. The insights they contain help to plan the route to an ideal exit point for an owner.  

Feldberg’s goal is to improve assets to the point where its future sale is de-risked for a prospective purchaser, allowing them to command the best returns. With that goal in mind, TDD reports must get under the skin of an asset.  

But how much depth can one achieve in just a few days?  

Though TDD reports need better data, Neil Granger highlighted the tension between quality research and the time constraints of a transaction, asking: “What is an acceptable level of risk – in financial terms – of having the wrong data? Can you quantify that and factor it in to your transaction timelines?” Neil’s view on the dilemma? “I don’t think the benefits of speed outweigh the long-term risk of bad data”.  

Some insight can be achieved with modelling and gap analysis, but when benchmark data can be so wide of the mark for many buildings, it can be a risky approach.  

From a client’s perspective, Jon described more data limitations impacting acquisitions, particularly around energy use when most buildings do not have metered usage data. Leasing information also emerged as a significant challenge, as a building’s occupation impacts future refurbishment possibilities. Removal of information silos and better communication can lead to teams identifying opportunities such as being more creative with short term leases or decant, without the need for full vacant possession. These can only be determined by looking at accurate data ahead of time.  

Digital twins could address these challenges, our panel agreed. But can they do so today? That seems less likely, given the reality of implementing them across smaller, existing buildings. But as with all technology, such as digital data capture, this should improve over time.  

The panel found more optimism in the trend towards sustainability certification and Science-Based Targets – which Feldberg Capital already has in place. These standards require demonstrable performance data and will drive building owners and occupiers to provide better data as a matter of course.  

The final piece in the puzzle is to bring more specialists together as part of a sustainability-led approach to TDD. More technical advice on the available data, as well as to identify the ‘unknowns’ of an asset, are essential to realise the value of a building and set it up for a programme of sustainable improvements after purchase.  

Do you gather enough sustainability data as part of technical due diligence? Our team can help you understand more about the buildings you own and acquire. Get in touch here.

Read more about ‘Decarbonisation: the future for today’s buildings’

Session two was a case study discussion about Holbein Gardens, a landmark refurbishment for our client Grosvenor.  

Session three discussed how to create a culture of continual improvement and knowledge-sharing across project teams and organisations.  

TFT CPD sessions: Holbein Gardens: reducing embodied carbon from design to delivery

On November 29th at RSA House in London, TFT hosted its ‘Decarbonisation: the future for tomorrow’s buildings’ session, inviting over 100 clients and industry partners to learn and share their views on one of our industry’s biggest challenges.  

You can find the write up of our first session of the morning, on gathering and using sustainability data in the course of property transactions.

Session two was a case study discussion about Holbein Gardens, a landmark refurbishment for our client Grosvenor.  

Mat Lown, Chief Knowledge & ESG Officer at TFT, and Pradumn Pamidighantam, Senior Architect at Barr Gazetas led us through the key features, challenges and learnings from the project, with a focus on how this project reduced embodied carbon from design to delivery, and ultimately created a desirable building ready for the modern occupier market (and net-zero carbon operation). 

Holbein Gardens was transformed from being a tired 1980s office building into a sustainable asset and a pioneering case study for low embodied carbon (even exceeding LETI’s pioneer standards). The sustainable development brief which TFT co-created with Grosvenor set the stage for this work, encompassing themes such as climate resilience, social benefit, connectivity, green spaces, resource use and more. 

But how was this brief taken forward into the design?

Pradumn outlined specific interventions at Holbein Gardens, emphasizing a holistic approach for the building, from a blue roof for sustainable drainage, to openable windows connected to air quality sensors, the use of lime plaster with low VOCs, and the reuse of raised access floors and materials with high recycled content. 

The discussion then delved into circularity, with a focus on the reuse of structural steel. Mat and Pradumn highlighted the importance of a hierarchical approach at the outset of these works, focussing first on retaining existing materials, reusing onsite or offsite, and recycling the remaining materials.  

For Holbein Gardens, another Grosvenor site in Bermondsey was identified as a potential location to extract steel from. HTS visited the site, identified the steels that could reused and tagged them. These got dismantled and sent up to Cleveland Steel to be tested, cut and made ready for Holbein Gardens.   

In turn, there was also some steel in the former roof of Holbein Gardens which went through a similar process, and some of that found a new lease of life forming new risers in the building.  

And Holbein Gardens steel ended up on yet another project, forming the new roof works at Fivefields (a recent project Barr Gazetas completed for Grosvenor).   

One of the greatest challenges facing re-use is storage. For portfolio owners like Grosvenor, the ambition to reuse significant amounts of steel was made possible by having other sites to provide it. For those who don’t have that availability, they need to engage with providers like Cleveland Steel (part of the Holbein Gardens project team) to determine what is available or might soon become available.  

From re-use of old materials, to embracing newer materials. Mat and Pradumn explored the use of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) on Holbein Gardens, emphasizing Grosvenor’s openness to an explorative approach. The commitment to CLT at an early project stage set the ambition for the scheme, while the reduced scale of CLT within building and supplementary measures like sprinkler systems helped insurance appetite for the building.  

Mat underscored the need for scaling up the use of CLT in the industry, acknowledging challenges such as fire safety concerns. Despite the challenges, both panellists were optimistic that industry initiatives, exemplar projects like Holbein Gardens, and wider industry understanding would contribute to wider CLT adoption. 

The session concluded with lessons learned from Holbein Gardens, emphasizing the importance of awareness, openness to re-use aesthetics, proper due diligence on available materials, and the potential for a network to facilitate developers in embracing re-use practices.  

Every step forwards on these matters will help more buildings find a new lease of life and drive down our industry’s huge embodied carbon load. 

Are you interested in taking new approaches to refurbishment and retrofit projects? Our team is here to help you use more sustainable materials and construction techniques to create better buildings. Get in touch here.

Read more about ‘Decarbonisation: the future for today’s buildings’

Session one kicked off our event with discussion on gathering and using sustainability data in the course of property transactions.

Session three discussed how to create a culture of continual improvement and knowledge-sharing across project teams and organisations.  

TFT CPD sessions: Scaling success: from pioneer project to business-as-usual

In securing a better future for today’s buildings, we need to push the standards of best practice or pioneering achievements, while also sharing knowledge and learning together to raise the standards of ‘business-as-usual’.

That was the topic of our third session on ‘Decarbonisation: the future for today’s buildings’, which brought together over 100 clients and industry partners to learn and share their views on one of our industry’s biggest challenges. 

In case you missed our previous write-ups, have a look at:  

Panel overview: 

For our third panel of the day, we welcomed:  

Together, they took different approaches to the discussion on continual improvement and knowledge-sharing, from the in-house client perspective to the project team and the consultants’ view.  

As a major investor, with a mantra of ‘inclusive capitalism’, how does L&G approach knowledge-sharing among its development and asset management team?  

Nida kicked off by explaining 3 pillars to strategy for continual improvement.  

First was the importance of understanding the need for both large and smaller interventions, advancements and instances of best practice. For an organisation like L&G, applying each progressive success more widely is a practical way to make real and consistent progress. This is applicable to our industry as a whole: focus not only on high-performing but highly-demanding new developments; and take every opportunity to upgrade existing stock too.  

The second and third pillars both relate to breaking down siloes. Externally, L&G processes like project sign-off gateways and annual team conferences establish continual feedback loops between their project teams; and help share L&G’s vision, culture and objectives. Internally, L&G’s centralised sustainability team provides strategic direction to its asset management and development teams, setting common goals and helping teams to share learnings from one workstream to support others.  

While some clients have systems like these in place, many do not. And as Martin noted, often a project team’s culture will dictate whether or not consistent progress is made against a client’s brief, as some sustainability accreditations are incompatible when you get down to the detail; you need a project team who can review, explain and come up with the best pragmatic response to the site constraints.

TFT supported L&G on its refurbishment of Unit 4, Watchmoor Point, turning a tired warehouse asset into a leading example of a net zero carbon industrial building. The project succeeded by using the philosophy of cumulative improvements and detailed interventions across every aspect of the works. By sharing the learnings of that project more widely, L&G has followed Watchmore Point with a series of projects which build on its success and scale those learnings up into a business-as-usual process.  

It was only fair for Nida to turn the question back to Martin and Jacqui, asking them about TFT’s approach to knowledge sharing within its team.  

Jacqui echoed Nida’s points about making cumulative improvements and being proactive about sharing data and bringing teams together under a common goal. As a B Corp, TFT’s services and business operations are directed towards maximum positive impacts, which follows our own trend towards blending sustainability strongly through all our work.  

That might include launching new hybrid services like Green Dilapidations, or applying a more dedicated specialist input to processes like TDD (see session 1). But it also involves challenging clients and inviting pilot studies to try new things, such as engaging clients with a new approach to planned maintenance management, where the industry norm is still to replace products like-for-like with little consideration for decarbonisation and efficiency along the way.  

What would each panellist have you take from the session?  

Nida emphasised the need for regular feedback and communication links between client sustainability and development leads and those technical experts and project delivery teams implementing technology. This joined up communication enables innovations to be rapidly assessed, adopted and rolled out as business as usual on a larger scale. 

Martin encouraged the audience to think big, stand out, and bring in new perspectives to see how ‘boring’ projects can be an opportunity to make progress and do something different you can learn from…

Jacqui wrapped up the session with a call on everybody to rethink standard practice, and understand that every stage of the building lifecycle presents an opportunity for decarbonisation and improvement. 

This is very much the idea behind our conference – finding new ways to unlock progress on decarbonising existing buildings. The challenges remain, but will progress with combined effort and commitment to share knowledge as we go.  

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If you missed these sessions and would like to know more about any of the topics discussed, please contact info@tftconsultants.com, and we will put you in touch with the right people to continue the conversation.  

Graduate Building Surveyor, London

We have an excellent opportunity for a graduate building surveyor to join our growing London office. Whether you are a recent Building Surveying graduate, or already have some experience, you will be part of an expanding team working on a wide range of building surveying disciplines in a commercial environment. You will be part of a very supportive environment with full support provided to achieve your APC, which includes attending our corporate graduate training sessions, bringing together national experts to up skill both TFT and client graduates.

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

As this is a graduate position you will be expected to in the office at least 4 days a week initially, to work closely with the team and support your knowledge development.

Key accountabilities

TFT has an enviable client list and you will work with institutional funds such as M&G, L&G & Aviva among others. You will have the opportunity to work on a mix of professional and project work including:

  1. Contract administration
  2. Surveys and scheduled of condition
  3. Technical due diligence
  4. Dilapidations
  5. Building Pathology
  6. Due diligence services
  7. Specification/maintenance management
  8. PPM, RCA’s and licences to alter
  9. Pre-acquisition surveys
  10. Project Monitoring
  11. Working to complete APC competencies

Performance criteria

  1. BSc (Hons) or MSc Building Surveying (RICS accredited course)
  2. Experience in a commercial BS firm would be useful but not essential
  3. Confident in talking to a wide range of people to build relationships
  4. Experience of CAD would be an advantage but not compulsory

Skills and behaviour

  1. Must be a good team player but able to work independently
  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. Proactive and uses initiative for personal knowledge development
  6. Accurate with high attention to detail
  7. Excellent time management skills
  8. Must have a driving licence and access to use of a car
  9. Willing to travel

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 180 employees operating from a network of offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guildford, London, Leeds, Manchester and Southampton.

Package indicators

Competitive salary offered plus benefits: discretionary bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop, Private Health Care (after 6 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.

We are BCorp 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. https://www.tftconsultants.com/tft-is-a-certified-b-corp/

DEI at TFT

At TFT we don’t aim to tick boxes and count numbers and percentages, we create an environment where anyone, from any background and life experience, can do their best work. We empower you to bring your full, authentic self to work. We are diverse by nature and inclusive by choice.

If you’re driven to perform, you’ll fit right in, we approach work fearlessly, learn quickly and improve constantly. A bright idea can come from anyone. We believe diversity drives innovation.

Our approach to diversity, equity and inclusion is simple – we embrace everyone. We wouldn’t approach a building survey in a one-dimensional way, so we don’t our people.