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Following the Covid pandemic, many clients are thinking about the ways in which they use the space in their commercial premises. How you approach renovations will depend on whether you are the landlord of the property or the tenant.
If you are considering refurbishments or alterations, these are some of the key things to consider…
When planning a commercial refurbishment project, you should not only think about how the building can suit your needs (or those of your tenants) now, but you should also look to the future.
Lessons from the Pandemic
Although we’re now in a position where we’re learning to live with Covid, there’s always the chance of future variants of the virus or other pandemics. Making the most of the space you have available to ensure adequate social distancing is one thing to consider.
A hybrid model of working is here to stay for may office-based workers, so thinking about how best to allow for this within your space will place you at an advantage.
Ventilation is also key, so thinking about how you can maximise access to fresh air or install ventilation systems as part of the project is likely to be of benefit.
Look for funding opportunities
From time to time, initiates are offered by central government or local authorities that could mean funding is available for certain elements of your project.
If you are the tenant of a commercial property, you will need to consider that any alterations you make may need to be reverted at the end of the lease term. This depends on the alterations that are being made and whether they ‘add value’ to the property. It is worth speaking to the landlord to discuss your plans before they begin to establish your position.
Check out the latest regulations
New regulations are brought in from time to time and it is worth checking out any that may apply to your project before you begin. For example, at the start of 2022, Buildings undergoing renovations that leave them with more than 10 parking spaces will also be subject to new measures requiring the installation of electric vehicle charge points. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations will come into force across all eligible commercial properties from 1 April 2023, so any refurbishment is a good opportunity to be sure you’re meeting minimum standards. Even if standards are being met, commercial remodels are an excellent opportunity to install more energy-saving devices, like smart thermostats, which may save energy costs in the long run.
Bring in the professionals
From inception to completion, the knowledge of a Chartered Building Surveyor will prove invaluable for each stage of a building refurbishment project. A Chartered Building Surveyor will not only have previous knowledge and experience of similar projects to bring to discussions, but will also be able to ensure the project runs as smoothly as possible. The services that a Chartered Building Surveyor can bring include: measured surveys and drawing, preparing and submitting planning and building regulations applications, advising on procurement, the use of modern or traditional materials for restoration, budget costs, full specification of works and contract administration during the construction phase.
Lea Hough have worked with several organisations and landlords to undertake refurbishment and alteration projects. To discuss our services and how we may be able to assist with your project, please get in touch.
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