Service Category: Engineering

Staff Stories – Dan Henn

We caught up with Dan Henn, our Chief Growth Officer and project manager on many of our clients’ major schemes, to find out about how he found the industry back in the 1990s, and his highlights from nearly 30 years delivering client projects of all shapes and sizes. 

Director of Building Surveying (Dilapidations Specialist)

As a result of continuing business growth and client demand, we have an exceptional new opportunity for a Director of Building Surveying to grow the dilapidations service line and deliver work for our clients, working for high profile investor, institutional logistics and retail clients. You will help lead the dilapidations service line across TFT, forging relationships with both internal and external investment and institutional clients to deliver market leading consultancy advice.

As well as working to develop and grow the service line across TFT, you will be working with existing clients such as Railpen, Aviva Investors, Legal & General, Grainger, Knight Frank Investment Management, GIC, abrdn, and M&G delivering on a range of high-profile projects across several sectors, including industrial, office, purpose-built student accommodation and build to rent.

As a commercially focused consultant, you will be helping us to grow our Dilapidations services, maintain and further develop client relationships and diversify the range of our current service offering, as well as progressing your own career. You will be expected to help lead the service line and support the below actions:

  1. Coordinate business development, marketing, resourcing, and knowledge sharing, across all offices
  2. Champion the service line internally; driving improvements to working practices including templates and quality control
  3. Advocate and oversee operational and process improvement, promoting innovation and new ways of working.
  4. Drive and manage consistency and adherence to best practice
  5. Promote the service line externally for new and existing clients, supporting marketing as required
  6. Identify service line priorities and link back to the service line business plan, update annually
  7. Set service line SMART actions and deliver; updating progress quarterly
  8. Celebrate service line successes internally and externally
  9. Ensure marketing materials are up to date – case studies, capability statements
  10. Develop a community of practice and share across the firm
  11. Support the development of others within the business

Key accountabilities and deliverables

  1. Manage and drive TFT’s dilapidations bringing a profile of technical strength and commercial excellent, to complement the existing team, and that established by TFT across the UK.
  2. As well as being a hands-on delivery role for a wide range of Building Surveying, you will work with the dilapidations Senior Director to help develop and deliver against a business plan for dilapidations across TFT.
  3. Support the management and development of the technical team, to deliver quality dilapidations services to existing and new clients.
  4. End to end building surveying delivery
  5. Achieving performance targets (fee delivery and business development)
  6. Liaise with the Service Hub Leaders across Built Asset, Development and Engineering & Sustainability to align services with strategic goals and performance standards
  7. Network effectively with existing commercial clients and agreed targets.

Performance criteria

  1. Relevant degree equivalent qualification and MRICS
  2. Personable and confident with industry contacts
  3. Hands-on high-quality delivery of technical services, demonstrating expertise in dilapidations
  4. Gain client trust with regard to commercial confidentiality be a direct contact for instructions
  5. Demonstrable ability to influence, lead and respond constructively to challenges
  6. Existing building surveying and dilapidations client base with potential to generate new work and introductions
  7. Attain financial targets (2.5 base salary for Directors), and support and manage the performance of others
  8. Engage with the team to win work and deliver profitability

Skills and behaviour

  1. Inspire others to achieve, and help in their development, through mentoring, coaching and achieving engaging appraisal discussions.
  2. Demonstrate excellent team skills, embracing the support and expertise of the wider TFT business
  3. Prioritise work effectively to enable quality of work and wellbeing for self and team
  4. Client facing and comfortable in business development
  5. Able to handle multiple jobs and manage your own workload
  6. Risk-manage through best practice aligned with TFT Risk Management Guidance protocol
  7. Confident and concise communicator both verbally and in writing
  8. Technology oriented to share information centrally

Knowledge

  1. Be aware of the latest commercial property challenges technically and commercially
  2. Be aware of market trends to inform business direction
  3. Identify areas of personal development to enhance performance.
  4. Be aware of the latest TFT research on Redefining Building Performance, and such other industry/TFT research that is relevant to clients

What’s in it for you?

  • Flexible & hybrid working
  • Competitive salary and car allowance
  • Fee Plus bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop, personal accident cover, private health care (after 6 months), life assurance, 27 days holiday, 1 day charity leave per year and annual wellbeing day. Company contributory pension scheme after 3 months.
  • Season ticket loan and cycle 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 180 Senior Directors and 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.

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. BCorp 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.

 

 

Senior Geomatics Surveyor – flexible location

Working in conjunction with TFT Senior Directors and the Geomatics service line lead, assist in the growth of the TFT Geomatics service line by delivering measured survey services to clients. Geomatics is a key growth area for TFT and the opportunity exists for the right individual to help drive and grow this service line. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing a range of survey deliverables, with a key focus on survey data capture and measured survey drawing production. You will be expected to help manage and mentor junior staff, whilst acting as a lead surveyor for a variety of projects.

You will be part of a flexible and very supportive environment with great opportunities for career progression.

The right candidate will be willing to travel UK wide but will be based in our London or one of our South East Offices.

Key accountabilities

  1. Promote all geomatics activities to both existing TFT clients and potential new clients. Offering a service which goes above and beyond the norm.
  2. Manage and coordinate surveying and technical aspects of projects once client instruction has been received. Producing survey drawings/models to client specification within the appropriate timescales.
  3. To share information and knowledge with TFT staff on all aspects of data collection, processing and presentation, encouraging all aspects of “best practice”. Training and mentoring junior staff members to ensure all projects are delivered on time and to a high standard.
  4. Mentoring Junior staff through their RICS APC (preferred)
  5. Manage and deliver a variety of Geomatics services, including, but not limited to:
    1. Measured building surveys
    2. Topographical surveys
    3. RICS Code of Measuring Practice (GIA/NIA/GEA)
    4. IPMS reporting
    5. Lease plan drawings
    6. Boundary queries
    7. 3D walkthrough/Matterport spaces
    8. UAV/Drone inspections and topographical surveys
    9. Utility surveys
    10. 3D Revit models
    11. City models/GIS applications
    12. Setting out

Performance criteria

  1. Proficient in AutoCAD and a strong understanding of all 2D and 3D measured survey deliverables including Floor plans, elevations, sections and topographical surveys.
  2. Ability to produce high quality measured survey deliverables to a high standard of accuracy and detail. Managing multiple projects at once and utilising internal resource to ensure projects are delivered within the appropriate timescales.
  3. Ability to demonstrate experience of good client relationship management.
  4. Strong knowledge of utilising Total Stations, GPS/GNSS and LiDAR scanners.
  5. Knowledge of AutoCAD, N4CE (or similar), Revit and Leica’s Cyclone suite to produce survey deliverables as requested.
  6. Strong knowledge of all RICS measurement Standards and Guidelines.
  7. Undertake all other reasonable tasks as requested.

Skills and behaviour

  1. Qualification relevant to Geomatics, Surveying and/or Civil Engineering.
  2. Member of RICS (preferred)
  3. Laser scanning, Total station, GPS/GNSS and associated processing experience (essential)
  4. Proven track record within the Geomatics/Measured survey industry
  5. Minimum 3 years general experience
  6. Ability to lead and produce measured building surveys (essential)
  7. Ability to lead and produce topographical surveys (essential)
  8. An understanding of area reference reporting such as GIA’s, NIA’s, IPMS standards, etc (preferred)
  9. Ability to use AutoCAD (essential)
  10. Ability to use Revit and an interest in BIM and the associated practice (preferred).
  11. A strong understanding of IT applications and an interest in the development of geomatics, the technology that supports it at the opportunities this will present.
  12. Willingness to become involved with TFT’s tech and innovation working groups with an opportunity to develop and expand new service offerings.
  13. Able to deliver services with autonomy and engender confidence in clients.
  14. Commercially focussed and Diligent in experience with complex projects.
  15. Must be a good team player but able to work independently.
  16. Ability to accurately and precisely share information, acting as a mentor to junior staff and sharing knowledge throughout the business.
  17. Willing to travel. Full driving licence and access to the use of a car when needed is essential.

Package indicators

  • Flexible & hybrid working (2-3 days per week in the office)
  • Competitive salary and generous car allowance
  • Benefits: Fee Plus bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop, Personal Accident cover, Private Health Care (after 6 months), Life Assurance, TFT well-being day and 25 days holiday
  • Season Ticket Loan, Cycle scheme and access to company pension scheme on completion of probationary period
  • Excellent career progression and training opportunities.

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 Senior Directors and 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.

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. BCorp 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 welcome everyone.

 

Senior CDM Consultant

Job Purpose

To be a key member of the CDM Team, principally involved in the provision of CDM Consultancy Services under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 acting in the role of CDM Principal Designer and Client CDM Advisor along with providing Health & Safety Consultancy Services when required.

You will be part of a commercial consultancy with an enviable client list consisting of high-level global investors and corporate occupiers, including M&G, L&G and Aviva.

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

Key accountabilities and deliverables

  1. Experienced in the delivery of the statutory duty of Principal Designer and the non-statutory roles of Principal Designer Advisor and Client CDM Advisor under the CDM Regulations 2015.
  2. Identify, assess, prepare and communicate Pre-Construction Information on behalf of Clients
  3. Identify and, where reasonably practicable eliminate, reduce or control foreseeable risks that may arise during pre-construction phase, via Design Risk Review Workshops / Safety in Design Reviews
  4. Understand/evaluate Construction Phase Plans, Method Statements, Design Risk Management & Risk Registers.
  5. Review/comment upon designs in respect of health & Safety and ensure relevant information is sourced/collated in order to produce/review a Health & Safety File and ensure compliance.
  6. Undertake the role, duties and responsibilities to assist Clients, Principal Designers, Designers and Principal Contractors in understanding their statutory duties and ensuring the design process is compliant to CDM 2015 regulations.
  7. Undertake Health & Safety Site Inspections and produce reports in accordance with current regulations.
  8. Assist and support, in the continual development and improvement of the CDM consultancy services, both internally and externally, to aid the growth and turnover year on year.
  9. Assist and support the CDM team and TFT colleagues in answering of PQQ’s, commissions, fee bids, Audits and corporate memberships/accreditations.
  10. Assist and support the team in the provision of project financial information.
  11. Be able to manage own projects and be involved in project finance management throughout the duration.

Key Skills/Knowledge/Qualifications

  1. Minimum 5 years’ experience of working in construction under the CDM regulations is essential.
  2. Demonstrable experience and ability in relevant sectors across the construction industry.
  3. Knowledge of the Building Safety Act and secondary legislation
  4. Ability to meet and exceed fee targets

Person Specification

  1. Degree or equivalent in H&S or Built Environment Subject
  2. Hold Incorporated Membership of the Association for Project Safety (IMaPS)
  3. Commercial approach and understanding.
  4. Able to work independently and be able to generate your own feeds and have a strong understanding of fee earning and billing
  5. Ability to build client relationships with positive outcomes and obtain repeat business
  6. Confident, client facing communicator both verbally and in writing
  7. Must be a positive team player but able to work independently

Package indicators

  • Flexible & hybrid working (3 days per week in the office)
  • Competitive salary and car allowance
  • Benefits: Fee Plus bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop to support flexible and hybrid working, personal accident cover, private health care (after 6 months), life assurance, TFT wellbeing day and 25 days holiday
  • Season ticket loan, cycle scheme and access to company pension scheme on completion of probationary period
  • Excellent career progression and training opportunities.

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.

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. BCorp 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 welcome everyone.

 

 

Director Cost Consultancy – flexible location

As a result of continuing business growth and client demand, we have an exceptional new opportunity for a Director of Cost Consultancy to grow the service line and deliver work for our clients, working for high profile investor, institutional logistics and retail clients. You will assist in leading the Cost Consultancy service line with the Senior Director across TFT, forging relationships with both internal and external investment and institutional clients to deliver market leading consultancy advice.

As well as working to develop and grow the service line across TFT, you will be working with existing clients such as Railpen, Aviva Investors, Legal & General, Grainger, Knight Frank Investment Management, GIC, abrdn, and M&G delivering on a range of high-profile projects across several sectors, including industrial, office, residential, purpose-built student accommodation and build to rent.

As a commercially focused consultant, you will be helping us to grow our Cost Consultancy services with the lead Senior Director, maintain and further develop client relationships and diversify the range of our current service offering, as well as progressing your own career. You will be expected to help lead the CC service line and support the below actions:

  1. Coordinate business development, marketing, resourcing, and knowledge sharing, across all offices
  2. Champion the service line internally; driving improvements to working practices including templates and quality control
  3. Advocate and oversee operational and process improvement, promoting innovation and new ways of working.
  4. Drive and manage consistency and adherence to best practice
  5. Promote the service line externally for new and existing clients, supporting marketing as required
  6. Identify service line priorities and link back to the service line business plan, update annually
  7. Set service line SMART actions and deliver; updating progress quarterly
  8. Celebrate service line successes internally and externally
  9. Ensure marketing materials are up to date – case studies, capability statements
  10. Develop a community of practice and share across the firm
  11. Support the development of others within the business

Key accountabilities and deliverables

  1. Manage and drive TFT’s Cost Consultancy bringing a profile of technical strength and commercial excellent, to complement the existing team, and that established by TFT across the UK.
  2. As well as being a hands-on delivery role, you will work with the Cost Consultancy Senior Director to help develop and deliver against a business plan for Cost Consultancy across TFT.
  3. Support the management and development of the technical team, to deliver quality cost consultancy services to existing and new clients.
  4. End to end cost consultancy delivery
  5. Achieving performance targets (fee delivery and business development)
  6. Liaise with the Service Hub Leaders across Built Asset, Development and Engineering & Sustainability to align services with strategic goals and performance standards
  7. Network effectively with existing commercial clients and agreed targets.

Performance criteria

  1. Relevant degree equivalent qualification and MRICS
  2. Personable and confident with industry contacts
  3. Hands-on high-quality delivery of technical services, demonstrating expertise in Cost Consultancy
  4. Gain client trust with regard to commercial confidentiality be a direct contact for instructions.
  5. Demonstrable ability to influence, lead and respond constructively to challenges
  6. Existing cost consultancy client base with potential to generate new work and introductions.
  7. Attain financial targets (2.5 base salary for Directors), and support and manage the performance of others
  8. Engage with the team to win work and deliver profitability

Skills and behaviour

  1. Inspire others to achieve, and help in their development, through mentoring, coaching and achieving engaging appraisal discussions.
  2. Demonstrate excellent team skills, embracing the support and expertise of the wider TFT business
  3. Prioritise work effectively to enable quality of work and wellbeing for self and team
  4. Client facing and comfortable in business development
  5. Able to handle multiple jobs and manage your own workload
  6. Risk-manage through best practice aligned with TFT Risk Management Guidance protocol
  7. Confident and concise communicator both verbally and in writing
  8. Technology oriented to share information centrally

Knowledge

  1. Be aware of the latest commercial property challenges technically and commercially
  2. Be aware of market trends to inform business direction
  3. Identify areas of personal development to enhance performance.
  4. Be aware of the latest TFT research on Redefining Building Performance, and such other industry/TFT research that is relevant to clients

What’s in it for you?

  • Flexible & hybrid working
  • Competitive salary and car allowance
  • Fee Plus bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop, personal accident cover, private health care (after 6 months), life assurance, 27 days holiday, 1 day charity leave per year and annual wellbeing day. Company contributory pension scheme after 3 months.
  • Season ticket loan and cycle 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 180 Senior Directors and 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.

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. BCorp 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 welcome everyone.

TFT x Dress for Success: kickstarting careers

Career paths, just like life, don’t always take the expected route. That’s why we work to help people in our team and beyond it to find a new way forwards, to start a new career, or develop the skills they need to progress on their own path.

We teamed up with global charity Dress for Success to help support women looking to re-enter the workforce. We ran our first Career Day, welcoming 17 women to our offices for a day of learning, inspiration and advice designed to equip our guests with the skills and confidence to re-enter and thrive in today’s job market.

We kicked off the agenda with an introductory panel, where our team talked about the less conventional routes into their roles today. Then we ran sessions and workshops on everything from CV writing and interview skills to networking in a connected world.

Elsa Quinton, our Associate Director of Building Surveying, shared her unique journey into surveying, which began with a career pivot at the age of 30, after which she “effectively re-started my life, re-training and re-qualifying in a different industry and starting again at the bottom of the stack”.

Elsa’s story resonated with others in the room, and illustrates how different experiences can be brought to a new role, and why starting anew can be powerful even if it seems daunting. “The opportunity to help these women access new careers was exciting to me,” Elsa noted, emphasising her passion for training and developing others. Her role in the CV review process provided practical advice, giving our guests expert feedback to help their next applications.

Lorna Melton-Scott, Head of HR at TFT, gave a pragmatic approach to career progression, underscoring that success does not necessarily require high flying grades or a traditional academic path. Lorna’s segments on CV writing and interview preparation were particularly impactful. “It’s easy to forget how lucky we are,” Lorna reflected, touched by the gratitude and progress of the participants.

George Viner, a Graduate Building Surveyor, explained how he found surveying after a career switch, after more than 10 years as a self-employed tradesperson. George explained the highs and lows of his change in profession, then spent time talking with each of the guests to understand their journey and goals. A

“I was left feeling incredibly elated with a profound sense of community and a desire to continue to share my experiences with others in the hope to hear more of theirs. It left me considering the lack of open communication with the people around us and how talking more openly may help you and others!”

George Viner

Nicole Sedgley, Energy and Carbon Consultant, began the day by recounting her experiences as a woman progressing in a predominantly male course at university, through to securing her place at TFT. Her story highlighted the day’s objective: to build confidence and recognition of skills which we might undervalue in ourselves. Nicole found it especially rewarding to witness the transformation of attendees from nervous to empowered, a testament to the workshop’s impact.

“Reintroducing women to work environments after childbirth, career breaks, or any other reason that has put their career progression on pause should be met with both empathy and understanding, and practical support, which is what I believe the day did well.”

Nicole Sedgley

Jacqui Allen, who leads TFT’s Built Assets Consultancy, articulated the broader mission of the day, which was to directly engage with and support disadvantaged women. “The chance to work directly with disadvantaged women in the workplace doesn’t come along all that often,” Jacqui observed, acknowledging the unique challenges faced by many participants. Her dedication to making a tangible difference was clear, as she motivated everyone with her belief in hard work and determination.

This Careers Day not only provided practical skills but also instilled a sense of hope and direction for many of the talented and capable women who joined in because they were ready to make their mark. We’ll be working with those who need it to help write CVs, provide work experience and more in the future. Will our industry’s next great talent pivot into our industry – or our team – from somewhere else entirely? We hope so. Stay tuned!

It’s Mental Health Awareness week

‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’ is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024.

We know that regular physical activity can improve mental health and quality of life, as well as bringing physical benefits. Not all of us are running marathons or logging serious mileage on the bike, movement is one aspect of mental health which can be introduced into our working life alongside many other beneficial habits.

LionHeart, the independent charity for RICS professionals past and present, and their families, exists to bring mental health support in line with the needs of our working lives. They have a wealth of knowledge and a valuable set of services which are tailored to help professionals whenever life throws them a curve ball in their careers. Have a look at their website here for more information.

As well as being supported by LionHeart’s great work, we are lucky enough to have six Mental Health First Aiders among the TFT team. These volunteers are there to help those who need it in the moment, because crises and challenges can arise at any time.

If you need some guidance you can visit the Mental Health First Aid England website.

TFT’s Mental Health First Aiders are:

Lorna Melton-Scott – Head of HR

Lisa Collings – HR & Ops Network Executive

Neil Granger – Senior Director

Mollie Earnshaw – Senior Marketing and Events Manager

Julia Cox – Office Manager

Mental Health First Aid: what is it, and why do we need it?

We took a chance to speak To Lisa Collings about why she became a Mental Health First aider and what more we can do in the workplace to support our colleagues’, and our own, mental wellbeing:

What made you want to be a Mental Health First Aider?

I wanted to become a MHFA primarily because I wanted to be able to help others in the same way that help was given to me when I needed it. Life can be extraordinarily challenging at times and having someone who can listen and who understands how you’re feeling makes such a huge difference to your mental health. Being heard and supported when you are at your most vulnerable is so important.

How do you feel having Mental Health First aiders benefits the workplace?

I think having MHFA’s at work demonstrates a genuine care for everyone who works at TFT. Most of us spend a minimum of 7.5 hours a day working, 5 days a week. It’s imperative that we look out for each other when we spend so much time working alongside each other. We are all human and will experience trials and challenges at some stage of our lives, looking out for each other at work and learning how to offer support is a vital part of the work environment. Our people are our greatest asset, we need to take good care of us!

How can we/the workplace do more to improve Mental Health at work?

Improving mental health at work can be simply making sure you have a lunch break, or having a walk to reset yourself when things get too much. Checking in on someone who is looking fraught or upset, suggest getting a coffee to open a conversation if you’re worried about someone. Also, we have our weekly fitness sessions which is a great way to get some movement into your day which kick starts the endorphins. Controlled breathing is an effective stress reduction method, take a long, slow, deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and then gently slowly exhale through your mouth, lowering your shoulders as you breathe out.

What are some things that we can all put into our day to day to improve our own and our colleagues’ Mental Health?

There are many elements involved in improving our mental health, some are well known, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, making sure we get some exercise and getting out in nature whenever possible. There are also lesser-known ways of improving our mental wellbeing, for example did you know that humming can reduce stress?! And that colouring in can calm the brain and decrease your heart rate? I’m a fan of Headspace , aside from the many wonderful guided meditations and sleep aids they have mini meditations that you can do at your desk if you hit a stress flash point. Breathing as mentioned above is another proven method of creating calm.

Some other favourites of mine for coping with stressful times:

  • It’s good to talk, sometimes just sharing a problem with someone lightens the load and gives you a little more clarity.
  • Writing things down is another way of unravelling unruly thoughts and giving your mind a bit of order when it gets chaotic, or creating some simple mind maps to work out a problem.
  • Journalling is an effective way of making sense of things when emotions and stress get a bit overwhelming.
  • Music is always a powerful tool, whether it’s blasting some Foo Fighters or playing some ambient, calming sounds. Music is therapeutic.

TFT is at UKREiiF 2024   

UKREiiF kicks off May 21st, as the wider built environment industries descend on Leeds to talk about the connections between people, places, and business. With its remit to ‘accelerate and unlock sustainable, inclusive, and transformational investment’, TFT will be joining the conversation on both the future of sustainable business, and supporting a more inclusive industry too.

B Corp: ‘To B or not to B?’ – May 21st, Rethinking Places Pavillion (13:00-14:00)

As more than 12,000 investors, developers, occupiers, and contractors gather at the Royal Armouries (just round the corner from our Leeds offices), we’re kicking off the programme with a B Corp focussed panel on day one of the conference.

Mat Lown, Chief Knowledge & ESG Officer, will be asking “To ‘B’ or Not to ‘B’ – Can B Corporations Help Address Our Sector’s ESG Objectives?” He’ll be joined by fellow B Corp panellists in our industry:

  • Olaide Oboh of Socius (Panel Chair)
  • Scott James of Ward Williams
  • Catherine Ramsden of Useful Simple Trust
  • Karyn Williams of Stride Treglown

The panel will cover the five B Corp pillars of Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers, in addition to how certification works for companies like ours in the built environment industries.

If you want to debate and discuss the future of our industry, and the role of B Corp in getting there, come and join in!

Diversity & Inclusion Networking Breakfast – May 22nd, Regeneration Brainery Studio (08:00-09:30)

The second day of UKREiiF begins with a Diversity & Inclusion Networking Breakfast, sponsored by TFT with Women in Property, Freehold LGBT+, the BAME Planners Network, Muslims in Rail and more in attendance.

Emily Brodie, Associate at TFT, will provide part of the introductory remarks for this event, speaking with more than 75 organisations leading the charge for a more diverse and inclusive industry.  

Freehold LGBT+ drinks reception – May 23rd, Revolucion de Cuba (08:00-09:30)

Finally, on the Wednesday evening, to bring our UKREiiF to a close we have the Freehold LGBT+ drinks reception at Revolucion de Cuba in aid of Stonewall Housing. Stonewall Housing is a brilliant charity dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community with housing advice and supporting those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. TFT proudly co-sponsors this event for the second year alongside Lendlease and Cobalt. 

Sign up for the reception here.

Have you registered for UKREiif 2024? If so, we hope to see you there! If you haven’t, it’s not to late to join in. Register by clicking here.

It’s a new era for Office-to-Residential conversions in the UK, if we get the light right

In March 2021, the UK introduced legislation enabling commercial office buildings to become residential buildings, under Class MA permitted development rights.

Class MA permitted development rights aimed to repurpose under-utilised properties to help ease the housing shortage and provide commercial opportunities. Initial industry response was tempered due to certain restrictions, such as a three-month vacancy requirement and a conversion space cap.  Now, significant amendments brought in on 5 March 2024 have removed these barriers and herald a new era for office-to-home transformations.

New opportunities for converting commercial buildings

The 2024 amendments have widened the scope for office residential conversion, removing previous limitations. Now developers can explore the potential of converting office spaces into residential units without waiting for leases to end or being constrained by size limitations. This legislative flexibility encourages property portfolio owners and developers to consider speculative conversions, significantly benefiting the housing market and urban development.

The Importance of Adequate Natural Light

 A pivotal aspect of converting offices to residential units is ensuring “adequate natural light”. The term remains deliberately undefined in legislation, providing Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) the discretion to interpret it based on the specific context of each project.

While this approach allows for flexibility, it emphasizes the necessity for developers to adhere to guidelines ensuring homes are well-lit and comfortable. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) Guidelines and BS EN 17037 standards offer natural light parameters, and any successful office residential conversion projects must incorporate a thoughtful approach to providing daylight in living spaces.

Navigating Design Challenges

Turning an office into a cozy home isn’t as straightforward as it might seem, especially when it comes to making sure every room gets enough light.  Offices often have lots of windows, but the deeper the building, the harder it is to get sunlight into every corner. This challenge requires some creative thinking in design – like arranging spaces so that living areas get the most light, and accounting for obstructions from neighbouring buildings which potentially only allow light to enter the building at a steep angle.

In spaces which only have a high Lux level at the front of the room (with poorer light levels to the rear), the recently revised BRE assessments present a hurdle. These guidelines now require minimum Lux levels be achieved to 50% of the room area, meaning a more uniform light level.  The guidelines supersede the Average Daylight Factor (ADF) assessment metric, which had allowed developers to ‘average’ a concentrated pool of high daylight across the total room area, compensating for poor light levels to the rear.  The updates allow for a better occupant experience, and will challenge design teams to meet those levels in many office conversions.

Examples of different room and window configurations in relation to daylight (lux) distribution

Simplified Prior Approval process

While some guidelines have created new challenges, the Prior Approval process for office residential conversion is a more streamlined one compared to traditional planning applications.

This eight-week process focusses on critical aspects like the provision of natural light, living space standards, and noise impact from any commercial occupiers on residents. This expedited approach should mean a quicker start to conversion projects, although developers must meticulously plan to meet these requirements.

Capitalising on repurposing office assets

For developers interested in office to residential conversion, the updated regulations present a valuable opportunity to contribute to urban redevelopment and meet housing demand. Professional expertise in daylight and sunlight planning is instrumental to navigate the complexities of conversion projects, ensuring that new homes are bright, welcoming, and compliant with the rules.

We have several projects advising on this matter, so we are well placed to provide wider advice on new potential developments going forward.

If you require a high-level feasibility review from a daylight perspective, please let us know and we would be happy to help.

Key Contact – Daylight and Sunlight, Right to light:

Richard Nosworthy, Director

rnosworthy@tftconsultants.com

+44 7918 973822

Graduate Project Manager

We have an excellent opportunity for a Graduate Project Manager to join our commercial consultancy team in Guildford. Ideally from a Building Surveying background, you will be part of an expanding team working on a wide range of projects in a commercial practice. You will be part of a very supportive environment with full support provided to achieve your APC/APM, 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.

Key accountabilities

  1. Assist Project Management colleagues in the overall direction, planning, control, delivery and completion of specific projects or tasks
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of a client’s requirements and assist in meetings including taking and producing minutes
  3. Project administration duties including managing fee schedules and processing payments for the whole consultant team
  4. Creation of base project management tools including project programmes and risk registers.
  5. Learn to project manage developments
  6. Build relationships with multi-disciplinary teams
  7. Work on a wide range of projects to build your APC diary with full support from colleagues
  8. Assist lead project manager with management and closure of all live project items

Performance criteria

  1. BSc Building Surveying (RICS accredited)
  2. Experience in a commercial BS/PM firm (e.g. university placement year) would be an advantage
  3. Confident in talking to a wide range of people to build relationships

Skills and behaviour

  1. Must be a good team player but able to work independently
  2. Confident, client facing 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. Enthusiastic
  6. High attention to detail
  7. Willing to attend networking and client events to build successful relationships
  8. Keen interest in technology with an aptitude for learning and using other IT systems such as MS project
  9. Desire to work towards gaining a professional qualification (MRICS/MAPM)

Package indicators

  • Competitive salary plus benefits: Car allowance, discretionary 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, 1 day charity leave, professional membership subscription and 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 180 Senior Directors and 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.

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.