In mid 2015, Lincoln University contracted Prendos to undertake an earthquake damage assessment on their ‘Orchard Building’.
Client: Lincoln University
Location: Lincoln, Canterbury
Services Provided: Earthquake Damage Assessment Reporting, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Expert Witness
After completing the initial report, including preparation of a scope and specification for remedial works and a repair estimate proposal, we were asked to complete a further four phases of surveys. In total, Prendos surveyed over 70 buildings within the campus, ranging from a recreational sports facility to office buildings and individual dwellings.
Prendos was responsible for assessing the earthquake damage suffered to the properties, identifying an appropriate repair strategy and preparing a repair estimate for the proposed remedial works. This enabled the University and their legal team to negotiate with EQC and their insurers to obtain a settlement which accurately reflected the anticipated costs of repair.
Our building surveying team carefully programmed the works to meet the client’s deadlines and liaise with our in-house structural and quantity surveying teams to develop appropriate repair strategies and accurate repair estimate proposals. This involved applying our experience, building knowledge and understanding of the nature of the damage typically suffered during an earthquake event to ensure all issues were identified and accurately recorded across the range of buildings. This was delivered as a comprehensive scope of remedial works which could be accurately costed.
Prendos also carefully managed the process of gaining access to the properties – something that wasn’t always straightforward, as a number of the properties were student residences and therefore required both health and safety and privacy considerations.
After completing the extensive reporting process, Prendos worked with Lincoln University’s property services and legal team to assist in the resolution of the outstanding claims – meeting with representatives of EQC and taking an active part in round table negotiations. This resulted in the University settling their EQC and insurance claims for a considerably higher sum than they had originally been offered, one that reflected the true extent of the damage suffered.
Key to our success was good communication, including regular progress reports and prompt responses to client requests, which ensured project deliverables were understood and achieved.