A recent article revealed that up to 100 court rooms per week are being closed in the UK due to the need for essential maintenance. The article in the Guardian claims that ‘dilapidation is “endemic” in Britain’s crumbling court system’, with up to 200 courtrooms coming close to being rendered unusable by such problems every month.

Clearly, the closure of court rooms due to essential maintenance not only affects the delivery of justice but also has far-reaching implications for society at large. When court rooms are closed, it not only disrupts the legal proceedings but also delays access to justice for individuals who have cases pending.

This news serves as a stark reminder of the potential consequences of failing to implement a strategic and planned approach to building maintenance.  Prioritising and investing in maintenance activities to ensure the smooth functioning of our public buildings is of vital importance.

Here we look at some of the benefits of a proactive approach to building maintenance. In surveying terms, this is known as Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM).

The benefits of a proactive approach

Implementing a proactive building maintenance strategy has several benefits, including:

1. Increased Safety: Regularly inspecting and maintaining buildings ensures they are free from hazards and risks, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

2. Reduced Downtime: By identifying and addressing issues before they escalate, organisations can avoid costly and time-consuming disruptions to their operations.

3. Long-term Savings: By investing in regular maintenance, organisations can avoid the need for major repairs and replacements, resulting in significant cost savings over time.

4. Improved Asset Value: Well-maintained buildings attract tenants and customers, enhancing their market value and reputation.

5. Enhanced Sustainability: Regular maintenance helps buildings operate more efficiently, reducing energy consumption.

A wider perspective

Whilst the start of this article looks at issues within the justice system, court rooms are only part of the wider picture. The same applies to schools falling into a dilapidated condition, along with other public buildings.

The role of Chartered Surveyors

Chartered Surveyors specialise in the management and maintenance of buildings and have the necessary knowledge and expertise to identify potential issues and recommend appropriate measures. By working closely with building owners, managers, and occupiers, Chartered Surveyors can help develop and implement a strategic and planned approach to building maintenance via a Planned Preventative Maintenance programme.

Contact our team

Chartered Surveyors play a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning of our public buildings by identifying and addressing maintenance issues before they escalate. By prioritising regular maintenance, organisations can avoid costly disruptions, improve safety, enhance asset value, and promote sustainability.

Our team are happy to discuss how we can assist organisations to implement a strategic and planned approach to building maintenance. Get in touch.

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