Service Category: Development

TFT team promotions!

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.

 

Associate Building Surveyor

An excellent opportunity for an Associate or Senior Associate Chartered Building Surveyor to play a key part in the commercial building surveying team providing high calibre professional advice to clients.

You will support delivery and growth of services across the South East, forging relationships with both internal and external clients to deliver market leading advice. Clients include high-level global investor and corporate occupier client base, including M&G, The Crown Estate, Aviva and L&G.

As a commercially focused building surveyor, passionate about supporting and motivating a team, you will be helping us to grow the London office and maintain and further develop client relationships and diversify the range of our current service offering, as well as progressing your own career.

About TFT

TFT is an independent building consultancy that places the wellbeing of people and the performance of buildings at the heart of everything we do. We are development, built asset and sustainability specialists with a reputation for integrity and delivering work of the highest quality. We are enjoying the success achieved through becoming one of the largest independent practices of our kind and 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, Edinburgh, Guildford, London, Manchester, Southampton, Leeds and Dublin.

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

Key accountabilities

Primarily working within the commercial sector, undertaking all round building surveying work including:

  1. Technical Due Diligence
  2. Monitoring
  3. Refurbishment and redevelopment projects
  4. Contract administration
  5. Pre-acquisition surveys
  6. PPM
  7. General building surveying commercial work e.g. Dilapidations

Performance criteria

  1. MRICS with minimum 4 years PQE
  2. Degree in Building Surveying
  3. Clear & concise report writing skills
  4. Expertise in general building surveying i.e. contract administration and dilapidations
  5. Experience of working in a pro-active 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 and able to work independently
  2. Confident and concise communicator both verbally and in writing
  3. Driven individual with a strong track record in client management and business development
  4. Excellent client relationship management and business development abilities
  5. Use of digital dictation systems to work effectively and efficiently
  6. Aspirational and motivated to develop within the business
  7. Senior profile with motivational skills to play a key role in core service lines within the business (regionally and nationally)
  8. Passionate about people and can clearly demonstrate leadership capabilities to assist in team and office management and growth
  9. Diverse approach to working with different people (excellent communication and interpersonal skills)
  10. Commercially focused: capable of developing client relationships, socially adept and able to network at business development events
  11. Able to demonstrate successful CRM and business development

Get in touch to find out more – let’s chat.

TFT works with BPF on Net Zero Carbon research

TFT has joined the British Property Federation‘s (BPF) Net Zero Carbon research project to investigate the barriers to decarbonisation in real estate, and solutions to overcome them.

The initiative will address the challenges faced by the real estate industry as it recognises the need to decarbonise but has taken limited action to achieve it. New political measures, fiscal incentives, procurement rules and more could be part of the solution. As TFT found in our Redefining Building Performance research: many building owners, developers and occupiers struggled to close an ‘action gap’ on sustainability. The ‘gap’ refers to the difference between recognising the sustainable potential of a building or portfolio, and fulfilling it. In particular, respondents indicated that measurement proved difficult, and that a lack of collaboration was hindering efforts to take action.

Specific next steps across different specialist roles, building types and even regional areas will vary, but we are sure that cross-industry initiatives are important to drive action for a better impact on the world.

The Net Zero Carbon research project is a joint effort with the BPF and a group of sector specialists. Together we will pursue coordinated action and hope to expand our positive outputs compared to more siloed initiatives.

With buildings responsible for up to 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, the property sector has a critical role to play in the fight against climate change. If we can focus our collective efforts on the right solutions, we stand the best chance of accelerating the transition to a net zero built environment.

Mat Lown is Vice Chair of the BPF Sustainability Committee, with the remit of establishing best practice in the industry, helping government to produce useful regulation and bringing together the efforts of wider industry groups such as UKGBCCIBSERIBA and RICS.

“The great challenge our industry now faces is the time remaining to achieve net zero carbon. The only way to get there is for us all to work together, to share data and improve modelling at pace. I’m looking forward to undertaking this work with the BPF to find better solutions and work with a wide group of specialists to implement them.”

Mat Lown, Head of ESG at TFT and Vice Chair of the BPF Sustainability Committee

Princes House

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

A central aspect of our work was preparing and implementing bespoke development sustainability principles for our client. These included waste and energy monitoring, low-VOC products and materials, as well as responsible supply chain sourcing.

For this 1,553sq ft Cat B office fit-out, we delivered an open plan office, board room, executive office, comms room, phone room and tea point. We took a detailed and involved approach to delivering partitioning, finishes, lighting upgrades, data and power installations, furniture installation, dedicated cooling to comms room, in order to create a more sustainable, healthy and comfortable environment for the incoming occupiers to enjoy.

TFT worked closely with the contractor, client, property manager, and incoming tenant to deliver the project on budget and within the target timescale for the tenant to occupy the unit.

Cambridge

Associate Quantity Surveyor

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

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

This is an excellent opportunity to develop and grow the QS team in London and the regions working closely with the Partner in Charge of Cost Consultancy and the local team.

Key accountabilities

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

Performance criteria

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

Skills and behaviour

  1. BSc Quantity Surveying
  2. MRICS qualified with minimum 3 years PQE
  3. Deliver services with autonomy and engender confidence in clients. Be the main point of contact for projects
  4. Diligent in experience with complex projects
  5. Excellent team player but able to work independently
  6. Confident, client facing communicator both verbally and in writing
  7. Commercially focussed: Capable of developing client relationships & Willing to network at business development events and attend seminars to raise personal and TFT profile
  8. Leadership qualities to assist in team and office growth ahead
  9. Be involved in creating successful new and existing client relationships through networking and business development
  10. Willing to travel.

Package indicators

Competitive salary offered plus benefits: car allowance, discretionary bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop, 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.

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

Linen Hall

Linen Hall, a Grade-II Listed building on London’s historic Regent Street, was due for planned preventative maintenance to make sure its façades and rooftop elements would remain in the best condition for the future. However, due to its listed status and traditional design, certain areas were hard to access safely. Working on one of the busiest streets in the world during the January sales offered its own challenges too: traffic and pedestrians obstructed access and line of sight for key building elements.

Taking on the challenge of delivering a thorough analysis of the building safely and accurately, our team used high definition 3D scanners to capture a point cloud of the building. Those outputs informed 2D drawings for surveyors to use in identifying remedial works, and supporting listed building works applications to complete the works.

Our approach was not only quick and safe, but the level of detailed information captured was millimetre-accurate. Panoramic imagery was captured simultaneously with a LiDAR sensor, allowing us to produce a colourised point cloud of the site which you can see here:

Translating this point cloud information within AutoCAD allowed us to create a precise 2D drawing of each building façade. These elevation drawings were utilised by the wider Technical Due Diligence (TDD) survey team to help pinpoint and flag the location of defects where necessary.

This solution was made even simpler thanks to close collaboration between TFT’s project managers, surveyors and geomatics specialists with a common data environment.

Our work on Linen Hall is part of a wide-reaching planned maintenance scheme, helping to ensure that The Crown Estate’s buildings are kept in a good condition for future generations to enjoy. Using our team’s skillsets in imaging technology and surveying, we’re proud to contribute to that important goal.

From insights to action: June 2022

TFT’s latest learning series puts the focus on the changing outlook for sustainable, flexible and healthy buildings.

Shifting economics, regulation and market expectations present new opportunities and risks for building occupiers, owners and developers. In September our team explored our Redefining Building Performance findings, highlighting gaps between market expectations for health and wellbeing, sustainability and flexibility. Using our research data as a starting point, we presented multiple solutions for closing gaps between ambition and reality.

Those included: mitigating supply chain risks, gathering better usage data and incorporating sustainable best practice with Green Dilapidations and Sustainable Due Diligence. This month, we pick up where those sessions left off.

Our latest ‘From insights to action’ series explores additional impacts and new drivers for change. We look across the property lifecycle to provide advice and examples of best practice to implement.

Are you interested in joining one these sessions? Contact our team with details of the events you’d like to attend, here: info@tftconsultants.com

Spotlight on net-zero refurbishment
June 21, 09:30 – 10:30am

Continually fitting-out spaces with brand new materials generates massive waste and carbon
emissions, which can be cut down with new ways of designing and constructing interiors.
In this session, our experts provide case studies and innovative solutions to realise the
sustainable potential of your refurbishment projects.

Decarbonisation: all in
June 21, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Decarbonisation is a commercial threat with multidisciplinary solutions. In this session, we
explain how decarbonisation became integral to TFT’s work, and examples of effective
interventions resulting from a collaborative approach to one of our industry’s greatest
challenges.

Scotland dilapidations: our green, lean, fighting machine! June 23, 09:00 – 11:00am

The current property leasing cycle generates excess waste, cost and carbon. In this session
we focus on a more sustainable model for landlords and tenants, we explore why we need
to negotiate dilapidations settlements, and discuss the reasonableness of dilapidations in its
weird and wonderful forms.

Data, digitising, and de-risking projects
June 24, 09:30 – 10:30am

Realising commercial building opportunities is increasingly a data challenge. This session
demonstrates the advancements of technology, from virtual visualisations, 3D modelling
and BIM models. Beyond the tech, we will show how to best gather, share and use the data
it creates for better buildings.

Neighbourly matters: protecting assets and developing
opportunities
June 28, 09:30 – 10:30am

Opportunities are often missed by surveyors only considering the immediate benefits of
neighbourly matters agreements, in this session our experts discuss how neighbouring
development can be used as a positive opportunity to add value to future development of
existing built assets and land.

Building safety at scale: untangling the rules and managing
improvements
June 28, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Building safety is always progressing, so what does the current regulation mean for you? We will cover off the latest changes on Building Safety Bill, Building Safety Fund and EWS1 forms, with case studies on managing improvements at scale across major commercial portfolios.

We hope to see you soon!

Are you interested in joining one these sessions? Let us know which events you’d like to attend and we’ll do the rest! info@tftconsultants.com