Community Centre Building Survey and PPM: Case Study
Brief: Our client required a comprehensive pre-acquisition survey, which would highlight any major defects. This should include a summary of any ongoing maintenance, including budgets and timelines, covering the next 10-15 years
Property: A two-storey detached former church, now used as a community centre, in the Birmingham region.
Instructed by: CEO of the community association.
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- The building was a former church, dating from around 1905. There had been several later additions and extensions. Around the time of the survey, the property was being used as a community centre.
- This was a brick-built building of traditional construction. Inside, the first floor comprised a main hall with offices, storage and toilet facilities. The ground floor had a similar layout, and also had a kitchen.
- The inspection was carried out over 2 days and the report was delivered 3 days later.
Key survey findings
- Overall, the condition of the property was satisfactory, with no significant structural defects. However, various items required repairs and attention. These were highlighted in the report and also scheduled and budgeted for in the PPM.
- Several repairs were required in the immediate term. These included:
- repairs and repointing to external elevations brickwork and stonework to prevent masonry coming loose and posing a danger
- external decoration to prevent timber decay
- removal of debris from flat roof areas to prevent water pooling
- replacement of fire doors.
- Given the age of the property, our surveyor suspected that asbestos could be present; fortunately, the client had already instructed an asbestos survey.
- The 10-year PPM schedule allowed our client to budget for repairs and maintenance over the coming decade.