Specification Of Works
One of the enjoyable aspects of our work is to be involved in the repair and redecoration of tired and neglected buildings. While life on the coast can be bracing for the owners of property, for the buildings themselves it is a harsh environment being exposed to the worst of the weather. The degree of exposure to the elements can be comparable to living in the Shetlands!
In one recent case of a Regency block on Brighton seafront, we consulted closely with all occupants and during our inspection listed their concerns and those we found – mostly relating to historic dampness. It was left to the client to prioritise those defects they wanted to be dealt with now and which could be left till the next cycle of repair. This enabled them to effectively manage the block according to their resources. Something they had been denied under their previous freeholder. After the tendering process was completed and the contractor had been selected, we insisted on going over the building once scaffolding had been erected. This enables a closer examination of the building and the chance to compare the works in the specification with those which might be subsequently revealed. Adjustments are often needed. Generally, 3-4 site visits are required through the working of the contract to ensure works are carried out to the appropriate standard.
Key to the longevity of the decorative finish is good preparation. A retention at the end of the process is important to cover the costs of any additional work. Over the years, we have worked on the same buildings and find that those properties which have been actively managed have lower maintenance costs.
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