Service Category: Sustainability

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.

Office Administrator

We have an opportunity for a people facing office administrator to join a growing building consultancy to give support to team members located within our Bristol office. Due to the nature of this opportunity, and the people facing requirements, this is an office based role. Training opportunities are available to support progression to compile complicated secretarial reports and support the technical team.

As well as supporting the day-to-day smooth running and efficiencies of the Bristol office, meeting and greeting visitors and setting up meeting rooms, there is a requirement for proficient professional secretarial skills, compiling commercial building surveying reports, audio typing and taking meeting minutes.

Existing client facing experience is essential but for the particulars of the role full training will be provided.

Key accountabilities

  1. Office management and administration
  2. Travel bookings including train, hotels and flights
  3. Ordering of office supplies, stationery, coffee, milk, fruit and refreshments for meetings.
  4. Meet and greet visitors and provide refreshments (the office is on the 3rd floor)
  5. Setting up meeting rooms (including lunch/refreshments where needed) and ensuring IT equipment is working as required. Tidying up once meeting is complete.
  6. PA support to Senior Directors
  7. First aider and fire Marshall (training can be provided)
  8. Support arranging office events.
  9. Dead filing
  10. General typing, copying, collating as necessary to ensure the efficient running of the team.
  11. Photocopying and binding reports and documents as necessary, with the progress towards sustainable methods of data share, utilise the digital technologies available at TFT to reduce the need for physical report production.
  12. Reception duties: answering telephone calls, take accurate messages and circulate them in a timely manner. Be able confident to manage difficult calls.
  13. Setting up meeting rooms (including lunch/refreshments where needed) and ensuring IT equipment is working as required. Tidying up once meeting is complete.
  14. General housekeeping for the office, ensure the space is kept tidy, including arrangements for the disposal of confidential waste, arranging service/fault calls for IT and office equipment, keeping the notice boards up to date.
  15. Diary management of the meeting spaces for internal and external meetings, arranging appointments, booking travel and accommodation.
  16. Dealing with the incoming and outgoing post and taking parcels to the post office when needed.
  17. Liaison with the Knowledge Hub during peak times, absence and holidays to ensure that the effectiveness of the support services team is not compromised
  18. Any other reasonable tasks that may be required as part of the role to support the office/team.

Performance criteria

  1. Ability to flex to a range of tasks as required
  2. Document formatting skills
  3. Professional telephone manner
  4. Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  5. Ensure that all documents issued and systems operated comply with the TFT standards.
  6. Comply with TFT management systems and policies, utilising Core and inter-related IT Systems.

Skills and behaviour

  1. Willingness to learn new skills and be flexible with a can do approach
  2. Strong capability with technology and wiling embrace new systems
  3. Excellent administration, communication and organisational skills
  4. Proactive approach to tasks, ability to prioritise effectively
  5. Reliable and able to use your own initiative
  6. Able to work independently and as part of a team
  7. Flexibility to support office administration needs
  8. Accuracy with attention to detail
  9. Confidentiality

What’s in it for you?

Competitive salary offered plus benefits: Private Health Care (after 6 months), Life Assurance, 25 days holiday, 1 day charity leave and 1 wellbeing day per year.

Cycle scheme and interest free season ticket loan and company contributory 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 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.

 

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.

 

Ireland has committed to decarbonisation. Can its built environment deliver?

Ireland’s commercial real estate industry is on the cusp of a significant transformation as it prepares for the introduction of the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) aimed at decarbonising the built environment. In addition, those in Northern Ireland may soon have their own Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), based on the UK system for regulating energy efficiency in buildings. Are both regions ready to act on those goals?

TFT’s Dublin office lead, Kevin Brannigan, and Senior Director Neil Granger recently contributed a piece for React News outlining the challenges facing Ireland when it comes to decarbonising its existing buildings.

You can read that article here.

New decarbonisation legislation: why now?

Incoming legislation and enforcement are part of international efforts to mitigate climate change by enhancing building performance and reducing embodied carbon in the construction and maintenance of buildings. The adoption of MEPS in particular presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for Ireland. Navigating those will require a nuanced understanding of the country’s building stock and infrastructure, as well as taking lessons from other markets.

The MEPS is rooted in EU directives for member states to set minimum requirements for energy performance of new and existing buildings, and also to drive renovation which creates more efficient buildings. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) requires member states to establish energy certification schemes for buildings, meaning all buildings newly constructed, sold, or rented out must have an energy performance certificate (EPC) which provides data including energy consumption and carbon emissions. Furthermore, the Energy Efficiency Directive also requires member states to set out a long-term strategy for the renovation of buildings, with the aim of improving their energy efficiency.

But how do these directives interact with the built environment industry, and what is the state of the market for new technologies, tools and practices which will help create more efficient buildings?

The full picture of decarbonisation

The current standard of sustainability reporting in the real estate industry is a primary concern. Reports which do not provide actionable insights, repeating only best practice advice against industry standards, often leave building owners no wiser as to how they should improve their assets.

Each building presents a unique and complex picture of performance. Finding scope to improve requires a multidisciplinary approach.

TFT analysis combines sustainability expertise with building surveying and engineering skillsets to offer detailed reports which focus on how buildings can improve. Our goal is to bridge the gap between theory and practice, creating more valuable buildings today, with future resilience built in.

As we anticipate the finalisation of the MEPS legislation, several practical challenges emerge:

1. New habits and new technologies

The transition to decarbonisation requires moving beyond like-for-like replacement at the end of a building’s lifecycle. For instance, Scotland’s forthcoming ban on combustion in buildings highlights the shift towards electric solutions, such as heat pumps, rather than pure gas systems, or connection to low carbon heat networks. These are common technologies in some European markets, but have been seen as emerging technologies here in Ireland, and in the UK.

Whereas the concept of upgrading systems rather than simply replacing them is not standard practice, building owners in Ireland need to factor this into their maintenance programmes and noting where void periods can allow timely upgrades to keep their buildings ahead of the curve and avoid more costly works further down the line.

2. Supply chain and skills

One reason why heat pumps are seen to be novel in the Irish market is because we do not have as sophisticated a supply chain and are still working out how best to retrofit these systems in our building stock. In regions which embraced heat pumps already, like Germany and Scandinavia the technology has become an established part of the building stock.  

Ireland’s shortfall in specialist skillsets and a market for the products themselves is something the government can address by investing in training for these areas of expertise. Meanwhile, building owners can be proactive to get advice from their consultants and project teams on learnings from established markets, but will likely face higher initial costs to bring those technologies in effectively.

3. Infrastructure and grid capacity

Ireland’s commitment to decarbonise its built environment is limited by its infrastructure capacity and flexibility. Both urban and rural areas will confront similar infrastructure challenges, including the need for significant additional electrical infrastructure which will be limited by available city centre space, and connectivity in rural locations.

The overall readiness of the grid is a key concern: how many all or part-electric buildings can be served by Ireland’s power output? Outside Dublin, all-electric buildings are rare, and any available capacity will soon be taken up as forward-thinking developers seek to get ahead of the market.

Learning from other policies for decarbonisation

The transition to MEPS offers a chance to learn from established markets. Scotland’s forthcoming Heat in Buildings Standard (HIBS) and MEES in England and Wales provide useful precedents for both domestic and non-domestic, noting that further consultation is ongoing, specifically on the implications of HIBS for non-domestic buildings.

There is a consensus among consultants that the way HIBS is applied to commercial buildings is not currently well defined. In particular, there is a lack of detail on how to deal with heritage buildings, which present a major opportunity to improve our sector’s performance as a whole.

Moreover, the broader policy recommendations towards net zero carbon, such as those proposed by the Green Building Councils and British Property Federation (BPF), offer a broader view for a roadmap to integrate sustainable practices into the real estate sector, drawing from initiatives in Europe and in North America. Embracing whole-life carbon, creating a base of skilled support for new solutions, and properly incentivising investment remain challenging but there are good ideas for making progress.

Cause for optimism

While we hope legislation will set the pace and encourage a higher-performing built environment overall, we also see a clear commercial and strategic benefit to seeking more ambitious targets independently.

Staying ahead of the market, and ahead of occupier expectations, is essential to avoid assets being seen as poorer quality or ultimately becoming stranded. The industry’s progress to mitigate these risks over the decades ahead will propel (and be propelled by) by technological advances and legislative frameworks that are yet to come.

By demanding actionable reporting and focusing on the specific challenges of today’s buildings, stakeholders can pave the way for future innovations and industry advancements.

Whether you are preparing for the implementation of MEPS, or seeking a more strategic, holistic approach to improving your buildings, TFT is on hand to provide detailed, actionable analysis that sets you up for success.

Are you part of Ireland’s transition to a more sustainable built environment? Are you looking for support to understand these goals and adapt existing buildings to meet them?

Get in touch with Kevin Brannigan and Neil Granger to find out more.

Senior Project Manager / Associate Project Manager

This is an excellent opportunity to work as part of the growing Birmingham development and project consultancy team, providing high calibre project management services to high end commercial clients. You will deliver current workload, including investor led refurbishment, added value and new build schemes across commercial office, residential, retail and industrial asset classes, as well as build relationships with existing and new clients. This is an excellent opportunity for a senior project manager or for someone looking to make the step up to associate level to work with a people focused organisation and our enviable client list.

Key accountabilities

  1. Primarily working within the commercial sector, undertaking:
  2. Project management services on office, retail, residential (and other) new build, refurbishment, alteration, extension, and fit-out projects on schemes typically ranging from £2m to £30m, but with some far in excess of this.
  3. Contract Administration and Employer’s Agent Role
  4. Enhance TFT’s service offering for project delivery
  5. Good working knowledge of key JCT contracts, including experience in contractual issues such as extension of time, loss and expense claims etc.
  6. Building new business to support strategic growth objectives by securing repeat business through successful project delivery.

Performance criteria

  1. MRICS or MAPM qualified ideally from a Building Surveying or technical background (Architecture or Engineering for example)
  2. Strong relevant track record in project delivery (with large degree of autonomy)
  3. Ability to meet and exceed fee targets
  4. Building client relationships with positive outcomes
  5. Leading project teams and building trust

Skills and behaviour

  1. Business focussed
  2. Sought out by existing clients for repeat business
  3. Socially adept and networks at business development events
  4. Confident, client facing communicator both verbally and in writing
  5. Able to manage and lead others and project team
  6. Lateral mindedness – able to think creatively to develop the brief, assemble the team and drive them through the feasibility, outline, detailed and final proposals stages of the design.
  7. Organised and able to manage multiple key project issues to ensure projects remain on track.
  8. Commercially driven
  9. Comfortable as the key client contact for each project
  10. Must be a positive team player but able to work independently

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary and car allowance. Flexible & hybrid working.
  • Rewarding career with excellent career opportunities. We create personalised career development plans and promotion is based on performance and not time served.
  • Fee Plus bonus scheme, mobile phone & laptop, Personal Accident cover, Private Health Care (after 6 months), Life Assurance, 25 days holiday, annual wellbeing and volunteering day. Company pension scheme after 3 months.
  • Season Ticket Loan and Cycle 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 welcome everyone. We wouldn’t approach a building survey in a one-dimensional way, so we don’t our people.

About TFT

TFT is the leading independent firm of Development, Built Asset & Engineering and Sustainability consultants. We place the wellbeing of people and the performance of buildings at the heart of everything we do.

We’re proud of our reputation for integrity and delivering work of the highest quality, blended with commercial pragmatism. We offer a strong track record across all commercial property sectors, advising investors, developers, occupiers and owners on maximising best property asset values. Diversity and strength in depth is important to us. Whether it be a technical thought leader with a career’s experience – or a recently qualified rising star – in today’s risk averse world you need people on your side with a reputation for diligence, transparency, intellect and commercial insight. Clients see TFT as large enough to provide the expertise and resources to get the best from their portfolios, and small enough for it to matter personally.

We have over 180 partners 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.

Staff Stories – Alasdair Balfour

Meet Alasdair Balfour, a Director from the Edinburgh office.

In this video, Alasdair gives us a deep dive into his experience and how he got to where he is today, the motivations behind his work, as well as giving us insight into his life outside of work.

Want to watch the rest of our Staff Stories? You can watch them all here.

TFT supports purchase of Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel, for Archer Hotels

On the corner of St Stephen’s Green sits the Shelbourne Hotel, one of Dublin’s architectural and social landmarks, and a fascinating building too! Our team got behind its iconic Georgian façade to understand the building, its current condition and its future outlook, for Archer Hotel Capital.

Our work helped Archer to undertake its purchase of this iconic asset with confidence, and to inform future plans for looking after and improving it. TFT provided a holistic view of the building, from its structure to its mechanical & electrical services, assessing its sustainable performance and future potential.

This holistic approach to Technical Due Diligence is increasingly important for our clients, who seek our multidisciplinary team of surveyors, engineers and specialists in sustainable performance, to provide a broader view of the potential risks and opportunities which each building offers.

Getting a full and detailed picture of an asset in this way is essential to realise the value of our built environment today, and to make it more resilient for the future.

You can read more about this purchase in The Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/2024/03/29/shelbourne-hotel-in-dublin-sold-to-archer-hotel-capital/

Senior Building Surveyor

An excellent opportunity for a Chartered/Senior Building Surveyor to become part of our growing building surveying team in our London office working on a wide and varied range of building surveying disciplines in a commercial environment. We have an enviable and national client base including The Crown Estate, Aviva, Legal & General and M&G among others.

You will have the opportunity to gain more autonomy, build client relationships and have the potential to specialise in a chosen area as you progress through your career. You will be part of a flexible and very supportive environment with great opportunities for career progression.

Key accountabilities

Primarily working within the commercial sector undertaking a wide range of building surveying, but not limited to:

  1. Contract administration
  2. Technical Due Diligence
  3. Dilapidations
  4. Building Pathology
  5. General building surveying commercial work in line with a Chartered Building Surveyor role

Performance criteria

  1. Degree in Building Surveying & MRICS
  2. Accurate report writing skills
  3. Experience of working in a pro-active commercial environment
  4. Sound knowledge of building contracts in a commercial context
  5. Proven ability to meet and exceed fee targets and generate new business through building successful client relationships
  6. Commercially astute
  7. Embraces technology
  8. High level of up-to-date technical building knowledge

Skills and behaviour

  1. Must be a good team player and able to work independently
  2. Confident and concise communicator both verbally and in writing
  3. Business focused and willing to be involved in business development and building client relationships
  4. Thorough understanding of the needs and demands of clients
  5. Full driving licence and access to a car

Package indicators

Competitive salary plus benefits: Car allowance, Fee related bonus scheme, iPhone & Laptop to support flexible & hybrid working, Private Health Care (after 6 months), career development investment, Personal Accident cover, Life Assurance, 25 days holiday, long service awards, 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 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 welcome everyone. We wouldn’t approach a building survey in a one-dimensional way, so we don’t our people.