Service Category: Development

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.

Is ‘Gill v Lees News’ a thorn in the side for tenants? 

Tenants wanting to renew their leases under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, in circumstances where their landlords may wish to object to that statutory right, probably now face a new and potentially onerous hurdle.

Gill v Lees News Ltd [2023] EWCA Civ 1178 established that minor disrepair during the lease term, even if subsequently remedied, can be a factor taken into account by the court when deciding whether a new lease ought not be granted. 

Here’s what tenants and landlords can take from the case:

Tenants:

  • If you think you might want to renew your lease in the future, then consider the state of repair of the premises now and on an on-going basis.
  • Take steps to remedy any existing disrepair.
  • Consider a programme of planned maintenance to ensure the risk of future disrepair is minimised
  • Consider services installations as well as building fabric
  • Enter into service contracts for the services installations
  • Keep records of service and maintenance expenditure
  • Don’t encourage your landlord to inspect any existing disrepair at the premises!
  • If your landlord does identify disrepair, remedy it quickly and effectively and be able to show a future court that you have done so

Landlords:

  • Inspect premises frequently to identify and record disrepair
  • Notify tenants of disrepair, potentially via an interim schedule of dilapidations
  • If the tenant does not react to an interim schedule of dilapidations then consider a repairs notice (a Jervis v Harris notice) to show the future court how unwilling the tenant was to comply with its repair obligations
  • Keep records of non-compliance

Are you affected by these changes? Do you need advice on taking the right next steps for your landlord, or tenant?

Click here to speak with Jon Rowling to discuss your options.

Dominic Thomas

Dominic is TFT’s Director of CDM Services and is responsible for managing the team of CDM consultants at the London office in the delivery of CDM Principal Designer, Principal Designer Advisor and Client CDM Advisor services to support Clients, Developers and Designers in compliance with the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015. He has a background in managing CDM teams at multi-disciplinary consultancies, where he has worked alongside colleagues in architecture, engineering, project management and surveying.

As a full Member of the Chartered Institute of Building, he is a multi-skilled construction professional and CDM consultant, qualified in construction, occupational health and safety, fire safety and building safety. He is an advocate for building safety and has supported his teams and Clients in preparation for the introduction of the Building Safety Act and its secondary legislation.

Dominic’s experience spans a range of sectors including residential, commercial real estate, aviation, infrastructure, modular construction, demolition, refurbishment and conversion works, and remedial works including fire safety remedials and recladding.

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I live in West London, but I’m originally from Saltcoats, a small seaside town on the west coast of Scotland, which on a clear day has some of the best views of the coast and the Isle of Arran you could imagine… although the Scottish weather means those clear days are few and far between!

Outside of work I enjoy sports: running and badminton being my latest hobbies and keep me busy, and just about keep me fit! West London, in particular the riverside along Hammersmith, is a great place for running outdoors. I also love going to the cinema – I’m not a cultured film buff, I’ll just watch absolutely anything, even the bad films can be entertaining.

I love travelling and recent years have been fortunate to travel to New York, across Italy and weekend breaks to various cities in Europe. My favourite part of travelling by far, is trying the authentic local foods in each country and city that you just can’t get replicated anywhere else. Food is my greatest passion, I just need to balance it with the running to keep the pounds off!

Associate Building Surveyor / Project Manager Bristol

An excellent opportunity for an Associate Chartered Building Surveyor, with a contract administration/project management focus, to play a key part in the commercial building surveying team providing high calibre professional advice to clients.

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 all round building surveying work including the following, and with an opportunity to focus on project management:

  1. Project Management and Contract Administration on a range of sectors.
  2. Project Monitoring
  3. Technical Due Diligence
  4. General building surveying commercial work.

Performance criteria

  1. MRICS with minimum 4 years PQE
  2. Degree in Building Surveying
  3. Excellent report writing skills
  4. Expertise in general building surveying i.e. contract administration, technical due diligence and dilapidations
  5. Experience of working in a proactive commercial environment
  6. Sound knowledge of building contracts in a commercial context
  7. Able to meet fee targets and generate new business through building successful client relationships
  8. Commercial awareness and understanding
  9. Embraces technology to deliver reports efficiently
  10. High level of up to date technical building knowledge

Skills and behaviour

  1. Must be a good team player, but also able to work independently
  2. Confident and concise communicator both verbally and in writing
  3. Commercially focused
  4. Able to contribute to wider business development
  5. Participative in team/organisational events

Package indicators

  • Hybrid & flexible working (3 days a week in the office)
  • Competitive salary and car allowance
  • Benefits: Fee Plus bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop, Personal Accident cover, Private Health Care (after 12 months), Life Assurance and 25 days holiday
  • Season Ticket Loan, Cycle scheme and access to 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 175 employees operating from a network of offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guildford, London, Leeds, Manchester 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.

Graduate Building Surveyor, Cambridge

We have an excellent opportunity for a graduate building surveyor to join our growing Cambridge 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

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.

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

TFT establishes an Employee Ownership Trust

TFT has become an employee-owned business, having established its Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) following 19 years as a Partnership (LLP).

The change to EOT status marks TFT’s 50th year and comes with two commitments for the future: to share ownership and benefit for the whole TFT team, and to deliver on the firm’s values without external conflict or compromise.

The news follows TFT’s B Corp certification in December 2022. An ownership structure for shared benefit is part of TFT’s continual progression towards its B Corp goals: improving business performance, accountability and transparency.

As part of the new corporate structure, TFT Partners are now Senior Directors of the company, and take the same ownership status as all employees to share equally in the firm’s success via its Trust.

TFT’s leadership remains unchanged, but take C-Suite titles, with Alistair Allison remaining CEO, Alan Pemberton as Chair, Dan Henn as Chief Growth Officer, Seth Love-Jones as Chief Operations Officer and Mat Lown as Chief Knowledge & ESG Officer.

The decision is significant to TFT’s future, as CEO Alistair Allison says:

“The Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) is real milestone for us, allowing the team to share equally in TFT’s success and future growth. It also means that our long-term commitments – to our team’s security, our clients’ quality of work, and our wider ambition to create a better built environment – are protected from possible external conflict.

“TFT has enjoyed a long life of independence which has become one of our defining assets. Our previous Partnership structure was crucial to preserve that independence. The Partnership has also made for a smooth transition to the EOT, which brings additional reassurance for our team and our clients that we will be independent for a long time to come.

“We continue to invest in long-term progress, resilience and sustainability. In recent years that has meant innovating our services and broadening our expertise to accelerate decarbonisation. While the challenges of the coming decades are less clear, our team’s ideas, skills and passion will be essential to meet them, and the EOT structure can empower more ideas and perspectives on our future.

“As we celebrate reaching 50 years in business, we continue to evaluate our role in the decades to come. How should TFT benefit our team, our clients, our industry and the wider world? We all have a long way to go in improving our positive impacts on the future. This shared ownership structure is the best way to remain focused on those goals without conflict or compromise.”

Alistair Allison, CEO, TFT

Mill Road, Cambridge

The property is a retail building on a high street in Cambridge. TFT provided dilapidations advice and negotiation services to support the occupier in relocating from the premises. The occupier had previously held a 15 year lease and left the premises following a strip out project.

Our approach to dilapidations is to start with the facts and not deviate from them. Our team looked and assessed the condition before the lease was signed and used this as a basis for assessing the repairing liability. As this unit had a retail occupier, the tenants’ alterations played a major part and agreeing the extent of alterations was pivotal.

We were able to agree an exit with the landlord in a timely manner and to the satisfaction of the client. This approach allowed our client to focus on other interests. On behalf of the client, TFT agreed a settlement at 53% of the initial claim. The project also presented an opportunity to move away from the existing gas supply to a fully electric HVAC system. The system supported the occupiers net zero commitments, and the project reached an EPC of ‘B’ with 38 points.

Green Dilapidations: more sustainable commercial property leases

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Commercial building owners and occupiers are increasingly looking to fulfil their net zero carbon ambitions with measures beyond more sustainable development and energy performance practices. In particular, the current property leasing cycle and non-sustainable dilapidations processes are generating quantities of waste and carbon, which can be mitigated with a more sustainable approach: Green Dilapidations.

TFT’s Green Dilapidations services are designed to help clients reduce the additional material, resources and cost associated with repeatedly fitting out and stripping out commercial property spaces over their lifetime. Taking a long-term view of tenancy, occupier and market requirements, we help our clients benefit from a more efficient, sustainable dilapidations process for both landlord and tenant.

Our support is rooted in facilitating better collaboration between stakeholders. That means the landlord and tenant of course, but also agents and the wider supply chain. Our sustainable building knowledge, commercial understanding and dilapidations expertise helps to formalise a better system as a whole.

We see a greater appetite from our landlord and tenant clients to adopt Green Dilapidations services. A notable occupier client is one of the leading property litigation practices, who we are helping to exit their existing offices in this way.

It’s not just for offices either, and can be used for retail, industrial and other commercial property sectors.

We’re here to help you do dilapidations in a better way. Get in touch with Jon Rowling to discuss how our dilapidations and sustainability expertise can help reduce the carbon impacts of your property lifecycle.

Download our brief service outline here.

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Martin Smith

Martin’s project management approach adopts inclusive practices to drive innovation in project teams to rise to the challenge of client briefs to meet ever increasing regulation, ESG targets and sustainability accreditations.

He has a strong track record of delivering large complex projects covering refurbishment and redevelopment of existing structures with retained structures and facades in central London. Martin has managed disputes through to agreements with many tier 1 contractors and applies due diligence through his building pathology knowledge being a Chartered building surveyor and has represented developers, landlords and tenants.

Martin has often worked for several key clients; GPE, M&G RE, City of London Corporation, Portman Estates, The Crown Estate, B-flexion (Crosstree), Motcomb Estates, Quilter Plc, Global Holdings and CBRE IM. Martin has worked closely with end users to understand their key objectives, working across various sectors including commercial office, residential, retail and life sciences.

Martin previously worked at Buro Four and was responsible for leading the commercial offices sector and successfully delivered Quilter Plc’s new headquarter building at Senator House.

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When not working I am involved in volunteer work including several years of mentoring British Council for Offices NextGen members, ex Co-Chair of Building Equality, Co-Chair of Maryland Community Group in east London and current Trustee at AMUK, with the aim to build London’s first permanent AIDS memorial by 2025.