The Christchurch team has gathered from all corners of the globe to help residential and commercial property owners from Dunedin to Nelson assess, acquire, develop and maintain their buildings. The team’s Structural Engineers and Building Surveyors were some of the first on the scene after the Canterbury earthquake events of 2011 and continue to support clients through the often complex process of insurance claims and assessment into 2017. Quantity Surveying and Project Management services are also offered out of the Christchurch location.
How we can help
An Initial Seismic Assessment (ISA) provides an indication of the expected performance of a building, taking into account its type and age of construction, local seismicity, ground conditions and usage. In Christchurch, often building owners may already be aware of the limited seismic resisting capacity of their building and may rather direct resources towards a more detailed analysis, with a view to structural strengthening, from the outset. Our engineers have had first hand experience of the devastating effects of buildings that don’t perform and take great responsibility in making sure their work is of the highest standard, which isn’t necessarily the most expensive option either.
This is where we help landlords and tenants of offices, retail shops and other commercial buildings to get the property back to how it was as per the conditions of the lease agreement. Sometimes issues such as disrepair and breaches of the lease that occur during a tenancy can lead to costly disputes. To help manage this or to avoid it altogether, we prepare interim schedules detailing terms of disrepair requiring rectification within the duration of a tenancy or terminal schedules served at the end of a tenancy. The schedules produced are commonly known as dilapidations or reinstatement schedules. In conjunction with legal counsel we provide strategies for both landlords and tenants and assist with negotiations on behalf of both parties.
The objective of our quantity surveying team is to provide the best possible cost solution. That means going beyond the usual by providing feasibility analysis, financial evaluation and market intelligence at both the strategic and initial stages of the project. To find out how our QS team can help, please CLICK HERE.
Our Project Managers establish strong management structures clearly defining responsibilities and clear lines of communication and reporting. We enjoy working with clients from project inception to assist them identify a clear brief for the project at hand and work with our clients to bring together the most suitable team to achieve their needs. From time we are also called upon in the middle of projects when things are going wrong to re-establish relationships and strengthen project control systems to reduce the effects of poor management and project delivery. Our team’s mix of skills and backgrounds brings a rounded view of construction: a perspective not necessarily provided by a single service company.
INSURANCE INVESTIGATION AND DEFECTS
A good starting point to reduce the need to engage in long legal battles is to appoint a team of competent technical professionals to report on ground, structure and building fabric damage and to provide repair and possibly rebuild value estimates. While most of Christchurch’s damaged buildings have now been assessed – often by multiple parties – the true cost of repair of those damaged buildings cannot be accurately determined unless damage assessments consider the damage on the whole: damage to ground, structure and building fabric and all recommendations on how to repair each damaged element. The Prendos team has helped a number of clients with their claims in this area.
Owners of defective leaky buildings often have difficulty obtaining information about what to do and where to go for advice. Prendos has compiled the following Leaky Building Resources to help familiarise owners with the nature and history of the problem, the central issues, the practical options and how to approach the task of remediation.
CHANGES TO THE BUILDING ACT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
Earthquake Damaged Buildings & Insurance Disputes
ENDING YOUR COMMERCIAL LEASE
Body Corporate Long Term Maintenance Plans
INSURANCE PAY-OUT REQUIREMENTS
Need for Structural Review
Build or Re-build?.