Commercial Building Survey of a Manchester Office Block
Allcott Commercial’s team includes experienced chartered RICS surveyors with extensive knowledge across all sectors of Manchester commercial property.
Brief: Structural survey of an office unit that was being purchased by our client.
Property: A row of self-contained offices, in a converted building dating back to c1900.
Instructed by: Events company.
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- The property consisted of a row of self-contained offices, built c1900 and refurbished c2000.
- It was a mid-terraced, 3-storey office unit, constructed from a steel frame with masonry elevations and party walls.
- All three floors were used as offices, with WCs, an entrance lobby and kitchen unit also present.
- We were asked to carry out a structural pre-acquisition building survey to get a thorough understanding of the condition of the property, and what costs need to be budgeted for in terms of repairs and maintenance.
Key survey findings
- Overall, the property was found to be structurally sound and maintained to an acceptable standard.
- However, several defects were noted, and our surveyor provided detail on the issues, the repairs required to rectify them and estimated costs. These included:
- replacement of damaged slates on the roof, along with repointing of damaged areas of the ridge (~£500)
- minor repointing works and brick replacements to prevent water ingress (~£350)
- repairs to timberwork (~£900).
- In addition, the fire detection system and disabled access were identified as being inadequate for modern day standards.
- We estimated that maintaining the property and its finishes in the medium to long term would cost in the region of £2500 every 5–7 years.
- We also recommended that the quantity of WC accomodation should be reviewed as part of any future refurbishment.