Some building defects can often lead to much ‘head scratching’ with manifestations, such as dampness or a crack in a wall, not necessarily giving a clue as to the cause. Establishing the cause and designing or specifying a remedy can sometimes be quite involved, often necessitating in gaining a full understanding of the construction of a building, or part of it. MDW has the skills, knowledge and experience required to undertake defect diagnosis in nearly all building types.
Establishing types of construction and building details
Unfortunately, the building records of many local properties do not exist. However, before undertaking alterations or improvements in some building types, it is essential to know how the building has been constructed. Wherever possible, MDW will endeavour to do this through non-intrusive and non-destructive means and each step in the process will be discussed in detail.
Building repairs and refurbishment
MDW can provide a ‘turnkey’ service for individual repairs and maintenance projects, such as internal or external building refurbishment. This service includes an initial survey, the compilation of specifications and/or schedules, management of the tender process and the administration of building contracts.
Where required, for budgeting and/or programming purposes, we can survey a company’s building portfolio in order to develop a planned programme of maintenance. Thereafter, we can also manage the individual projects.
Portfolio maintenance/programme management
Organisations with large property portfolios, which may sometimes cover several jurisdictions, regularly experience difficulty managing or meeting targets in respect of the successful delivery and overall expenditure on programmes of repairs or improvements. This problem is magnified when there are a number of different projects being overseen. With its extensive network of professional contacts, MDW is able to put in place multiple teams for the delivery of a properly planned maintenance programme and, through diligent oversight and programme management, minimize the risks and ensure a successful outcome for its clients.
Facilities management strategies and general advice
As companies grow so, usually, do their property portfolios. Yet the importance of the maintenance of the buildings and the functionality of the services and facilities is all too frequently ignored until a crisis occurs or property costs spiral out of control. MDW can advise on the appropriate strategy to suit the needs of an organisation and help ensure that business risks and costs are minimised.
Are you paying too much for reactive building repairs? Are your properties being maintained in compliance with legal requirements or is your business potentially exposed to claims from staff, customers or the general public? Are your contractors doing what they are contracted to do or billing you for? If you’re uncertain about your answer to any of these questions then you may wish to consider commissioning an audit of your facilities management procedures or existing contracts.
Outsourcing of facilities management consultancy
Facilities management is a non-core activity for most businesses and, for some companies, there may be a strong business case for outsourcing not only the delivery of some or all of the facilities management activities, but also the professional management of those activities. We are happy to discuss the potential savings and efficiencies afforded by an outsourced professional solution.
With its strategic alliances and extensive network of contacts, MDW is ideally placed to act as the client representative for banks, other lending institutions and even private individuals who provide lending for property development purposes when assessing proposed construction methods or specifications, as well as monitoring the quality of work during the lifetime of the project. Our involvement can be individually tailored to each client’s needs.
MDW can provide a ‘turnkey’ package for building alterations from inception through to completion.
Reinstatement cost assessments
We can provide reinstatement cost assessments for insurance purposes for a wide range of building types.
MDW provides project management services for most non-complex, medium-scale building projects and, in particular, those projects which involve a high degree of repair, alteration or refurbishment.