alterations to house for disabled access in kent

Residential Disability Alterations in Kent

Design and specification for the conversion of an existing outbuilding into a ground floor, wheelchair accessible bathroom in Kent.

Conversion of outbuilding into wheelchair accessible bathroom – Kent

We were asked by a client in Kent to provide the design and specification for the conversion of an existing outbuilding into a ground floor, wheelchair accessible bathroom, including associated alterations comprising door widening, external ramps etc. Our work included a measured survey, design drawings and specification.

Basement Construction in London - Party Wall problems

Party Wall Matters – Basement Construction in London

We acted as Building Owner’s surveyor for the construction of a basement to a terraced house in London which had two Adjoining Owners.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Basement Construction, London

Collier Stevens were retained to act as Building Owner’s surveyor for the construction of a basement to a terraced house in London which had two Adjoining Owners. A fairly standard scheme of excavation, temporary support and underpinning to both party walls was required.

Alterations to install a Lift in a house

Residential Disability Alterations in Bromley, London

Design and project management for the installation of a wheelchair lift and associated alterations in a semi detached house in Bromley, London

Installation of wheelchair lift – Bromley, London

We were retained to design and manage the installation of a wheelchair lift in a three bed semi in Bromley. This included all necessary structural design, building regulation approval and project management. Associated alterations included widening of door openings, extension to accommodate an accessible WC and external ramps to facilitate wheelchair access.

Housing Disrepair Expert Witness Section 11 Condensation

Expert Witness Report – Single Defect in London

Collier Stevens were asked to attend site, inspect the property and prepare a CPR35 compliant Expert Witness Report for the worst case of damp and condensation we have seen.

Expert Witness Report – Dampness & Condensation in London

On behalf of tenants legal advisers we were asked to attend site, inspect the property and prepare a CPR35 compliant Expert Witness Report to assist in identifying housing disrepair liability for dampness and some of the worst condensation damage we have seen in our career.

Schedule of Condition - house - Suffolk - before building work

Schedule of Condition for Coastal Properties in Suffolk

A detailed schedule and record of condition of three buildings was required prior to construction of major sea defences.

Collier Stevens completed a detailed schedule of condition of three buildings, including a Martello Tower in an exposed location on the Suffolk coast. Major sea defences were to be constructed and Schedules were necessary to record the building condition before works started.

Refurbished front facade of central London building

Project Services Residential Repair in Knightsbridge, London

This was a comprehensive programme of external repair and redecoration to two high value residential apartment blocks in Knightsbridge, London.

External Repair and refurbishment – Knightsbridge

This was a comprehensive programme of repair and redecoration to two high value residential apartment blocks in central London. This included inspection, specification, tendering and project management. Particular challenges were the negotiation of scaffold licences with neighbouring occupiers and complicated access over an operating restaurant to allow access to the rear elevation.

Loft Conversion in London - Party Wall Problem

Party Wall Matters – Loft Conversion in South London

Collier Stevens were commissioned by the building owners to act as party wall surveyor for a loft conversion and rear outrigger extension in South London.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Loft Conversion (London)

Collier Stevens were the Building Owner’s Surveyor, for a loft conversion and rear outrigger extension in South London. Notifiable work included raising the party wall, internal alterations and structural steels being place in the party wall.

ISVA level two homesurvey report end of terrace house bromley

ISVA Homebuyer Survey – Victorian Flat Conversion in Kent

Collier Stevens was asked to undertake a this ISVA Level 2 Building Survey for a buy-to-let purchaser of a Victorian ground floor conversion flat in Kent.

Ground Floor Victorian Conversion Flat in Kent

Collier Stevens were asked to undertake an ISVA (Independent Surveyors & Valuers Association) level 2 survey of a ground floor conversion flat in a Victorian house. Our client was particularly interested in the suitability of the property for use as a buy-to-let investment. Our survey revealed extensive dampness and condensation as well as issues relating to sound separation and fire separation. They decided not to proceed with this acquisition.

subsidence caused by tree outside property - single defect report

Expert Witness Report – Single Defect in Kent

Collier Stevens were asked to inspect a bungalow and determine the cause of fracturing to outer walls. The tree had something to do with it…

Defect Assessment – Structural Movement, Kent

On behalf of a Housing Association in Kent we were asked to inspect a bungalow and determine the cause of fracturing to outer walls. We were able to identify the cause as subsidence caused by the roots of adjacent trees.

Building works to house in London - party wall awards and agreements

Party Wall Matters – Rear and Side Extension in London

We were commissioned to act as Building Owner’s Surveyor in London for construction of a side and rear extension to the boundary line.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Rear & Side Extension in London

Collier Stevens were the Building Owner’s Surveyor – our client was constructing a single storey rear extension to his detached thirties house in London. Notices were required for building on the boundary line and adjacent excavation for foundations and to reduce ground levels.

Works Adjacent to a Flank Wall Requiring a Party Wall Award

Party Wall Matters – Building Work in Kent

We acted as Building Owner’s Surveyor, for a complicated scheme of demolition and reconstruction of a neighbouring property.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Complex Adjacent Building Work in Kent

Collier Stevens were the Building Owner’s Surveyor, for a complicated scheme of demolition and reconstruction of a neighbouring property requiring temporary works and the introduction of a substantial structural steel frame and columns immediately adjacent to a neighbouring property.

building work requiring party wall agreement

Party Wall Matters – Residential Redevelopment in London

This project demonstrates our role in resolving a party wall dispute where significant structural damage was caused to a neighbouring property because of an error in construction.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Residential Redevelopment, London

Collier Stevens acted as Building Owner’s Surveyor for a scheme in London with multiple Adjoining Owners. It required demolition and extensive residential redevelopment.

It was notable for significant structural damage being caused to a neighbouring property because of an error in construction. The entire remedial work and settlement which ran well into six figures was resolved to all parties’ satisfaction within the provisions of the Party Wall Act and without recourse to lawyers.

level 2 ISVA Homesurvery in Hythe Kent (equivalent to Homebuyer Report)

ISVA Homebuyer Survey of Period Building in Kent

This Level 2 ISVA Homesurvey was undertaken for a client in Kent who was concerned about both the flat itself, as well as the building as a whole.

First Floor Conversion Flat in a Period Building, Kent

This level 2 ISVA Homesurvey was undertaken for a client who was concerned about the general decorative and maintenance repair of the building as a whole, as well as the standard of conversion and condition relating to obligations under the lease.

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Expert Witness Report for Window Installation

We were instructed by the manufacturers and installers of replacement windows after a complaint had been received.

Window manufacturer and installer / client dispute

In this case we were instructed by the manufacturers and installers of replacement windows. Their client had rejected the product as poor quality and having been installed inadequately and wished to negotiate the agreed price.

Our report found that the windows were constructed in accordance with relevant standards and in the majority of cases had been satisfactorily installed. Any shortcomings were minor and easy to rectify.

Our report assisted the small claims court in finding in favour of our client.

Photo of Conservatory

Expert Witness Report – Conservatory Installation

A dispute over a poorly constructed and leaking conservatory led to our client taking legal action against the installers. 

Client / Conservatory installer dispute

A dispute over a poorly constructed and leaking conservatory led to our client taking legal action against the installers.

We were able to prepare an expert witness report identifying the shortcomings and design errors that assisted the parties in reaching an out of court settlement.

Bungalow in Hythe, survey, disabled alterations

Disabled Access Survey – Pre-purchase Residential Survey

Pre-purchase survey of a bungalow with specific instructions to assess suitability for wheelchair use and necessary alterations.

Pre-purchase survey for wheelchair user

Our client was purchasing a bungalow and asked us to carry out a pre-purchase survey with specific requirements to consider the alterations that would be required to allow full use by a wheelchair user. The survey included measurement of corridors, practicality of internal alterations and cost assessment.

Photo of Block of Flats

Expert Witness for Block of Flats

We were instructed by the leaseholders of a local authority block of flats disputing the scope and cost of work claimed in the service charge. 

Local authority service charge dispute

We were instructed by the leaseholders of a local authority block of flats disputing the scope and cost of work claimed in the service charge.

Our detailed inspection and report assisted the property tribunal in finding on their behalf and having the service charges reduced.

Basement conversion, chislehurst, neighbours, party wall agreement

Party Wall Matters – Basement Conversion in Chisleburst

Collier Stevens were the Adjoining Owner’s Surveyor, where a neighbour was excavating, enlarging and altering an existing coal cellar.

Adjoining Owners Surveyor – Basement Conversion, Chislehurst

Collier Stevens were the Adjoining Owner’s Surveyor, where a neighbour was excavating, enlarging and altering an existing coal cellar to form additional habitable accommodation. This included works to chimney breasts, underpinning and the introduction of a substantial structural steel frame.

double glazed Window Condensation, failure

Single Defect Report for Damp and Condensation in London

This survey found some of the worst damp and condensation damage we have seen in our careers.

Dampness & Condensation, London

On behalf of tenants’ legal advisers Collier Stevens were asked to attend site, inspect the property and prepare a CPR35 compliant Expert Witness Report to assist in identifying housing disrepair liability for dampness and condensation damage. Principally due to a lack of ventilation and inadequate insulation.

Image of exterior of third floor flat

ISVA Homebuyer Survey of Purpose-built Coastal Flat in Kent

Collier Stevens carried out a Level 2 Building Survey of a purpose-built flat in a modern timber framed structure in an exposed coastal location in Kent.

Purpose-built Third Floor Flat, Kent

Collier Stevens were asked to undertake a Level 2 Building Survey of a purpose-built flat in a modern timber framed structure in an exposed coastal location.

Building survey of Three bed Semi detached house in Bromley, London

Full Building Survey – Semi Detached House in Bromley

Our client wished to understand the condition of the property and that the structural alteration and extension work had been satisfactorily undertaken.

Full building survey – semi detached house, Bromley

Our client wished to understand the condition of the property and that the structural alteration and extension work had been satisfactorily undertaken. A detailed full building survey was able to confirm that all structural work was in satisfactory order and that the property was suitable for purchase.

Building survey of Edwardian house, Hythe Kent

Full Building Survey of Edwardian House in Kent

Our client wished to return this Edwardian property of three self contained flats to a single dwelling.

Full building survey – Edwardian House, Kent

This substantial Edwardian house was converted to three self-contained flats during the 1950s and had not been the subject of any modernisation for at least 30 years. Our client wished to return the house to a single dwelling.

They required a building survey to identify the current structural condition, the scope of structural work necessary to reinstate the property and an assessment of the potential cost of all of the work, including reinstatement to a single dwelling. Our survey identified concerns with the roof, water penetration, the services and asbestos.

building survey of flat roof bungalow, Hythe, Kent

Full Building Survey of Bungalow in Kent

This was a detailed survey on behalf of a prospective purchaser of a bungalow constructed in the mid-1960s in Kent.

Building survey of bungalow, Kent

This was a detailed survey on behalf of a prospective purchaser of a bungalow constructed in the mid-1960s in Kent.

Our client had particular concerns regarding the performance and expected life of the large flat roof and wished to understand the costs of modernisation. Our survey also identified the presence of asbestos board in various locations and irregularities with the plumbing installation.

Project management - freeholders major works Canterbury

Project Services for Property Repairs in Canterbury

Collier Stevens inspected, specified and managed a programme of external repair and decoration works at a purpose-built development in Canterbury.

External repairs and redecoration – Canterbury

Collier Stevens inspected, specified and managed a programme of external repair and decoration works at a purpose-built development. Our project management service included the redesign of defective external construction details, financial control and liaison with residents and third parties.

The works were subject to section 20 consultation process of the Landlord & Tenant Act. The consultation process formed a part of our instructions.

Refurbishment of Haslemere community centre - project management

Project Services – Property Extension in Surrey

We provided design, specification and project management services for the extension and refurbishment of a community centre in Surrey.

Community Hall extension and alterations in Surrey

Collier Stevens provided design, specification and project management services for the extension, internal alteration and refurbishment of a community centre in Surrey. We incorporated enhancements to meet Equality Act obligations.

Access Audit in London Offices

Disabled Access Audit of Office Building in London

Our clients required advice as to whether the accommodation they intended to occupy was suitable for access by those of all abilities.

Disabled access audit of office accommodation, London office building

Before entering into a lease, our clients required advice as to whether the accommodation they intended to occupy was suitable for access by those of all abilities.

As a business they employed one person of limited mobility and received regular visits from members of the public. We were able to add value to their decision-making process by undertaking a Disabled Access Audit and advise our client of their obligations under the Equality Act.

DDA Roundabout for Children

Disabled Access of Local Parks and Open Spaces in London

Retained by a London local authority to inspect and audit their parks, open spaces and pathways to ensure they were accessible to all

Disabled access audit – parks & open spaces

Collier Stevens was retained by a London local authority to inspect and audit their parks, open spaces and pathways to ensure they were accessible to all. The scope of audit and inspection encompassed children’s play parks, café and common spaces, as well as the paths, entrances and direction signage.

Police Station Disabled Access Audit

Disabled Access Audit for Kent Police

Collier Stevens undertook an access audit of their estate, specifically on sites where there was a first point of access to Police services.

Police Force – disabled accessibility to first point of contact

Collier Stevens were engaged by a Kent Police Force to undertake a disabled access audit of their estate. We were required to concentrate specifically on those sites where there was a first point of access to Police services, principally police stations.

Our audits were used to prioritise a programme of improvements to ensure equal access to services for all abilities wherever possible. We were subsequently retained to provide design advice where alterations were appropriate.

building where schedule of condition undertaken

Schedule of Condition for Apartment Building in London

A schedule of condition was prepared of the flats above and below a unit in London where major structural building work was proposed.

Schedule of condition, apartment building in London

A schedule of condition was prepared of the flats above and below a unit where major structural building work was proposed. Although the works were not subject to the party wall process, our clients were keen to ensure that an accurate record of condition was taken before they started their refurbishment. This could be used to consider liability for damage to neighbouring properties were it to occur.

 

 

Schedule of condition of industrial unit

Schedule of Condition for Office Lease in Kent

Collier Stevens was asked to undertake before and after schedules of condition reports for the lease of an industrial unit in Kent.

Lease of Office Premises, Kent

Collier Stevens was asked to undertake before and after schedules of condition reports for the lease of an industrial unit in Kent.

We conducted an internal and external inspection of the condition of the premises and prepared a written and photographic schedule of condition to be appended to a new fully repairing lease.

We provided an agreed record of the condition of the premises at the outset so that future dilapidation claims may be mitigated.

Photo of old brickwall

Schedule of Condition for Historic Wall in Ashford, Kent

This schedule of condition of an historic wall in Ashford, Kent was undertaken before work commenced on a major building project.

Historic Wall, Kent

Collier Stevens conducted a schedule of condition report for an historic wall in Ashford, Kent.

Our client was undertaking a major commercial development and prior to commencement required a detailed record of historic structures to the perimeter of the site. We assessed the stability of the structures and prepared a detailed written and photographic record of their condition. This meant that any claim for damage on completion could be reasonably assessed.