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Supporting the Chowns Mill Roundabout Christmas Foodbank and Winter Clothing Appeal

This Christmas, Allcott Commercial is supporting the Christmas foodbank and winter clothing appeal from the A45 Chowns Mill Improvement Team.

Allcott Commercial has been conducting schedules of condition to support the £24m improvements on the Chowns Mill roundabout in Northamptonshire. When we heard about our client’s plan to raise money for the local Christmas foodbank and winter clothing appeal, we were keen to get involved and make a donation.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a huge increase in demand for food banks and support with other necessities such as clothes and sanitary products. Donations of food and clothing items are encouraged, while cash donations such as this crowdfunding scheme give charities the flexibility to purchase any essentials that they are running short on.

The Chowns Mill Roundabout work is an ambitious project that aims to increase traffic capacity at the junction between the A45 and A6, making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians whilst reducing frustrations for those in motor vehicles.

The Chowns Mill Improvement team has already smashed their £250 target, with a total of £1267 raised at the time of writing. Anyone wishing to make a donation and spread a little festive cheer can do so through their JustGiving page. Alternatively, more information on donating directly to Northamptonshire’s food banks can be found here.

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Allcott Commercial’s Lead Structural Engineer Creates Buzz in Leamington Spa

Allcott Commercial’s new structural engineering lead James Bodicoat has recently featured in the Leamington Courier, although James was unaware of his new found fame until his neighbour spotted the article and passed on a copy!

Since joining the company last month, James has been busy expanding our structural engineering portfolio. In particular, James has been developing our expertise in structural feasibility studies, portal frame design and construction quality assurance, among other services. In addition to working on the expansion of the business, James has been out on site in Leamington Spa, Coventry and Birmingham, working across commercial and residential sectors on everything from beam calculations and design to specific structural inspections.

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James Bodicoat leaves WSP to take up role as Structural Engineering Director at Allcott Commercial

Previously Associate Director at one of the UK’s biggest engineering consultancies, James will take a up a leadership position at Allcott’s. He will use his expertise to broaden their structural engineering offering across the country.

Allcott Commercial is pleased to announce the appointment of James Bodicoat MEng, CEng, MICE, MIStructE as Associate Partner at the firm. James is an award-winning engineer with over 20 years of experience working with major international engineering consultants. He has led a variety of projects from inception to completion across a range of sectors, with an emphasis on higher education, commercial, retail and leisure.

James, who is based in Warwick, will split his time between Allcott’s Birmingham and Coventry offices. He was drawn to Allcott Commercial because of their reputation as an ambitious company dedicated to maintaining excellent standards of client service.

I’m really excited to be joining Allcott, who are so forward-looking and put such an emphasis on client satisfaction. I’m looking forward to working with a team of highly experienced Building Surveyors and applying my structural knowledge to a wide variety of projects for Allcott’s existing and new clients alike.”

Equally adept at small independent projects and large-scale multi-million pound undertakings, James will bring excellent insight and expertise to their structural work.

As Matthew Baker, Commercial Partner explained “James will be an excellent addition to the leadership team here at Allcott’s. His IStructE and RIBA awards are testament to the excellent standards of his work. It’s clear that he is dedicated to going above and beyond for his clients.”

“As an independent company, we pride ourselves on being able to give our clients a personal service; no project – however large or small –  is just a number in a system. James’ dedication to client service shines through in all our discussions about past and future projects, and his commitment to providing expert consultancy and excellent value is clear.”

Timothy Allcott, Residential Partner, is looking forward to welcoming James. “The growth of our structural engineering team is not only an exciting development for the company – we also expect it to bring new expertise, growth and job opportunities to the Midlands region.” Tim added “James is our fifth hire since March 2020 – it’s great to see that despite COVID-19 and the lockdown, the team at Allcotts has been able to pull together and keep progressing throughout these tricky times”.

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We talk to the RICS about adapting our building surveying work during COVID

This month, RICS Modus magazine features an interview with one of our partners, Timothy Allcott MRICS. Timothy discussed how Allcott Associates adapted during the COVID-19 lockdown to continue providing building advice to people across the country.

Now that we are open for business and our surveyors are back on the road working again, it feels like a good time to reflect on how the surveying community responded to the COVID-19 crisis.

In the UK, the lockdown meant that many businesses in the building consultancy industry, including ours, had to temporarily cut back on services or even shut down altogether. Surveyors had to adapt to new ways of working and to find ways to keep busy on furlough.

As Tim described to Modus, Allcott Associates’ solution to keeping our company Partners out of trouble was to offer free building advice. Timothy and our other Partner, Matthew Baker MRICS, answered questions from previous clients and the general public on a range of topics, from mystery roof brackets to damp problems to insulating a house of non-standard construction.

However, it was cracking that was the most frequently queried issue. We saw photos of cracks in render, in internal plaster in both walls and ceilings, and in stonework. Although many people were understandably concerned about the structural integrity of their properties and the possibility of subsidence, most examples we saw were minor and caused by ageing and weathering. This meant solutions were straightforward, such as filling and decorating with appropriate material. As with any cracks, however, it is important to monitor them and to call out a professional if they keep getting worse.

Thankfully, keeping busy is no longer a problem for our surveyors now that the government has lifted some of the restrictions in England. Our surveyors are now back out on site, surveying homes where nobody is shielding or isolating.

Our way of working has adapted to reduce the COVID risk as much as possible. We have additional PPE (gloves, face coverings, shoe covers and antimicrobial wipes) and we are wiping down any surfaces that we touch.

All of our survey reports include comprehensive photos of the property, so we are able to illustrate everything we have found, even though we cannot meet our clients on site. We are also continuing to offer one-to-one advice through phone and video calls, to ensure that all our clients have a thorough understanding of their property.

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Looking after our clients and our team

In line with the latest government guidance, Allcott Commercial is open for business. As of 12 May 2020 we are now booking in surveys for properties in which nobody is isolating or shielding.

We are dedicated to looking after our clients, both by continuing to provide an excellent surveying service and by taking every precaution to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are committed to protecting the health of our clients and our team. The measures that we have put in place are designed to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. We are following the government advice on working in other people’s homes in addition to carrying out our own risk assessments to ensure that we can safely survey properties at the current COVID alert level.

Before your survey

  • At the time of booking, you will be asked if anyone at the inspection property is self-isolating or has any symptoms associated with coronavirus (a fever, a new & persistent cough or flu-like symptoms) or has been asked to shield (i.e. those who are clinically extremely vulnerable).
    • If anyone is isolating or shielding, your survey will be postponed to a later date.
  • You will also be asked if anyone in the property is over 70 or in a high-risk group.
    • In these cases, individual risks will be discussed and measures to mitigate risks will be agreed. These could include vacating the property for the duration of the internal part of the survey, discussing how to avoid close contact with the surveyor if vacating the property is not possible, and making sure all parties have a thorough understanding of what the survey involves and what precautions the surveyor will take.
  • Our staff are self-monitoring daily for any signs or symptoms of coronavirus and will isolate immediately if they have any concerns. In this case, surveys will be rearranged with an alternative surveyor whenever possible, or postponed to a later date.

During your survey

  • Whenever possible, we will ask that properties are vacated for the duration of the survey. The property may be vacant long-term, or could be vacated by the occupiers in line with government guidance.
  • If properties cannot be vacated, occupiers must stay at least 2m from the surveyor at all times. The best way to achieve this is by staying in one designated room for the duration of the survey, then leaving that room when the surveyor needs to inspect it.
  • The surveyor or booking team will confirm whether anyone who lives at the inspection property is shielding, self-isolating, or has any symptoms associated with coronavirus (a fever, a new & persistent cough or flu-like symptoms).
    • If there is deemed to be a risk, the survey will be postponed to a later date.
  • When on site, our surveyors maintain strict personal hygiene, using hand sanitisers, gloves, wipes and soap & water at regular intervals and before and after touching surfaces. Surfaces that are touched are wiped down afterwards to reduce risk still further.
  • We ask that occupiers leave all internal doors open, to minimise the need for surveyors to touch surfaces.
  • Our surveyors have been asked to decline handshakes and maintain a distance of at least 2m from others where feasible.

After your survey

  • We are encouraging everyone to avoid face-to-face meetings whenever possible. This means that we may suggest a phone call or web-based meeting to discuss survey findings, rather than meeting you on site.

 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and our policy will be updated in line with government recommendations. Any changes will be posted here.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please do give us a call or email us at info@allcottassociates.co.uk.

David Thomas joins Allcott Commercial and expands the commercial building team

Former Gleeds’ Associate Director joins Allcott Commercial

Former Gleeds’ Associate Director David Thomas joins Allcott Associates – Expands Commercial Building Team

Birmingham UK, 1st October 2015 – Allcott Associates, a leading Midlands’ based Building surveying practice have appointed David Thomas, formerly Associate Director at Gleeds’ Birmingham office, to the position of Associate Partner. David has worked extensively across a broad range of commercial building practice, but specifically in healthcare and education. To find out more, visit www.allcottassociates.co.uk

David’s career has taken in time at leading national and international firms including EC Harris, GBR Phoenix Beard, Watts and most recently Gleeds. He brings with him over 12 years experience and will be working alongside Partner, Matthew Baker in the commercial team at Allcott Associates.

Tim Allcott, Partner at Allcott Associates, said:

“Allcott Associates is growing rapidly. We are a specialist building surveying practice, and our clients benefit from that singular focus. David’s experience strengthens the team here at Allcott Associates, and our continued investment in high quality people further demonstrates our belief in excellence of customer delivery.

“The property market nationally is seeing a significant upturn as the economic recovery continues”, commented Thomas, “In the Midlands, the upcoming development of large A-Grade office space in Birmingham and beyond will mean that landlords and tenants alike will need to ensure their commitments are honoured and well managed as businesses move across the city.”

Allcott continued, “Businesses in the Midlands often feel like they have to use very large organisations to get expertise. David’s appointment further underlines our to combine unrivalled building expertise, with the ability to retain real personal service and in depth business understanding.”

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Planned Maintenance & Building Survey

Our client instructed us to prepare a Planned Maintenance (PM) Schedule and Building Survey for a new three storey care home building in Portsmouth. The PM was required for budgeting purposes over a 10-year period and included for the upkeep of many elements of the building fabric and services and significant cyclical repairs.

As this was a new building we were able to utilise relevant operations and maintenance manuals to identify the manufacturers of the specific elements and obtain accurate technical advice on their relative life-cycle maintenance needs. This information assisted us in meeting our client’s one-week deadline and the programme has now been fully implemented.

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Pre-Aquisition Survey

Our client asked us to assess and report on the condition of a large blocks of residential flats in the north of England. In all we inspected over 120 flats and our reports highlighted each property’s condition. This instruction formed part of an overall feasibility study for the redevelopment of the buildings and the repair works highlighted in our reports were prioritised to enable our client to finalise the overall budget for the project.

Within two weeks of instruction we had inspected and issued reports on all of the properties.

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New Nottingham Office Opens

Allcott Associates LLP have today opened their new office in Nottingham City Centre to deliver building consultancy services in the City and surrounding areas.