Manchester Commercial Surveyors

Allcott Commercial is a highly-trusted and respected building consultancy. Our Manchester commercial property team provides leading commercial building surveying and structural engineering services to investors, property owners, tenants, developers, housing associations, and local authorities across the Greater Manchester region.

Our experienced Manchester-based RICS chartered surveyors and structural engineers are expertly equipped to provide a range of services from commercial building surveys, schedules of condition, structural alterations, technical due diligence, dilapidations, contract administration and defect analysis.

Since its foundation in 1999, our practice has flourished through client recommendation and reputation. This is testament to our professional, high-quality approach, in which we provide an unrivalled, exceptional, cost-effective, personal commercial surveying service from start to finish.

Get in touch with our commercial surveyors in Manchester to discuss a potential project, get advice on any aspect of commercial building surveying or engineering, or book a commercial survey in Manchester.

 
Commercial Surveys Manchester

Commercial building surveys in Manchester

Commercial property with potential subsidence risk

Brief: The client was purchasing a commercial property that they wanted to convert into residential use.

The client had obtained a coal mining report, which identified a coal seam within 20 metres of the property. The report noted that shallow unrecorded coal mine works are likely to have taken place in the immediate vicinity and that historical ‘Bell Pits’ (a type of basic mine shafts) are likely to have been used nearby. Because of the proximity of these historic mine workings, there is a continued risk of ground instability and subsidence.

The mining report advised that a structural survey should be conducted by a commercial RICS building surveyor. This survey should look for any subsidence-related defects, along with any other issues with the property’s structure and condition.

Property: Three storey mid-terrace property in Wigan, Greater Manchester. It has commercial premises to the ground floor and residential premises above.

Instructed by: Property developer.

Status: Ongoing.

Commercial building survey Manchester
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Commercial building survey HMO

Commercial property for conversion into a Class 4/HMO residential property

Brief: This was a pre-acquisition survey for a prospective purchaser who wished to convert a commercial property into an HMO.

Property: Corner terraced two storey building in Denton, Manchester. At the time of the survey the property was utilised as a commercial unit on the ground floor, with a residential one-bedroomed flat above.

Instructed by: Property investment company.

Key survey findings

  • The property itself was structurally sound, but had several areas of concern, the most pressing being damp, which was rife. Our surveyor recommended that a budget of £30,000 should be set aside to remedy it.
  • In terms of converting the property to a Class 4 HMO residence, our surveyor advised that, at present, that would not be possible because of the existing configuration of the property and materials utilised.
    • The survey report recommended that extensive redevelopment works would need to be carried out. For example:
      • the fire detection system was likely to be inadequate to meet with modern day standards and will require upgrading
      • redeveloping the inside of the property would be required to make it suitable for use as an HMO
      • the damp needed to be eradicated.
      • disabled access throughout the property would require further management upon occupation of the building.
    • We were aware that other HMOs had been developed in the Denton area of Manchester, which meant a precedent had been set. However, on occasion we have seen an overdevelopment of a particular type of social housing, which can be detrimental, and the Local Authority may have a limit within a specified area. We therefore recommended an initial meeting with the Local Planning Officer for further advice and recommendations on the proposals, prior to starting costly works.

Schedule of condition of an industrial unit in Manchester

Brief: This schedule of condition was prepared to limit the liability of the tenant for items of dilapidation under the terms of a proposed lease between the landlord and the tenant of the premises.

Property: Industrial unit in Oldham, Greater Manchester. It was a modern block constructed of a steel portal frame with brick and block cavity work to lower level and profile metal sheeting to the upper levels and the roof covering.

Instructed by: Proposed tenant.

Key survey findings

  • The schedule of condition report included over 100 observations, illustrated by over 450 photographs evidencing the condition of the property both externally and internally.
  • External notes included:
    • corrosion to the pipeworks and aluminium trims
    • bleaching and staining of the window frames
    • cracking at the door threshold
    • stained brickwork.
  • Internal observations included:
    • most floors and walls generally in a reasonable condition
    • slight stains to carpet times and wallpaper sections
    • missing cover caps on the dado trunking
    • some soiled grouting in the WC.
  • Comprehensive photographic schedules of condition, such as this one, protect tenants from inaccurate or exaggerated claims when the lease comes to an end and the landlord issues a schedule of dilapidations.
Schedule of Condition Oldham Manchester
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Manchester
M2 4WQ

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