Commercial Building Survey – Coulsdon, Surrey

Our Client, an investor, is looking to buy the freehold interest of a commercial property in Coulsdon, Surrey.  In contemplation of the purchase our Client has confirmed instructions for us to undertake a commercial building survey of the property and prepare a commercial building survey report.

The property comprises a detached building housing 3 commercial units to the ground floor, one of which is a restaurant with the other 2 being retail units.  There is a residential flat on the first floor.

The purchase of the freehold is being progressed quickly and we have received confirmation to undertake the commercial building survey within a few days of the receipt of the instruction.  We are please to have been able to accommodate our Clients requirements for a commercial building survey to be undertaken at short notice to ensure that the timescales on our Clients’ deal are achieved.

The commercial building survey will cover all the commercial and residential units within the property to include the internal and external areas of the building. We will inspect, review and comment upon the nature of the building and the condition of the elemental parts so that our Client has a good understanding of the potential defects and liabilities they will be acquiring.  The commercial building survey report will also include commentary on statutory requirements that the our Client needs to be aware of should they acquire the freehold interest.



Fire Safety in a Commercial Property

After the devastating incident at Grenfell Tower, it’s come to light that a number of properties do not contain sufficient fire-safety systems to protect their inhabitants in the event of a fire. While the emphasis is on saving lives in a domestic setting, industrial and commercial property should not be overlooked.

Fire safety in non-domestic premises is the responsibility of landlords, owners, employers, occupiers and site managers. If you hold one of these positions you are known as a “responsible person”, and must work together to ensure security of everyone on the premises. This includes any site with public access, any workplace, and any communal area of a multi-occupied residence.

Responsible persons are obliged to:

• Conduct regular fire risk assessments of the property
• Inform staff about identified risks
• Install and maintain suitable fire safety measures, including emergency plans
• Train and inform staff about steps to take in the event of a fire

Any commercial building must contain an evacuation plan, demonstrating unobstructed escape routes and sufficient exits for the number of people exiting the building. Consider the steps required to assist those with limited mobility, such as the infirm, elderly, disabled and children – ensure staff or residents understand how they can evacuate these people in an emergency.

The appropriate installations for properties will vary depending on construction and use. A review of installations for all buildings should be undertaken periodically, or when any changes are made to a building. At Tim Greenwood & Associates, we offer a range of property compliance surveys to help you ensure your building meets the property safety regulations.

Following on from the Grenfell Tower fire, the RICS has set up a panel of industry professionals who have recently met and agreed their terms. The panel will review the comments and concerns made by industry professionals and report back to industry groups and the UK Government so the feedback and the recommendations that come from it are awaited.

If you are found to have unmanaged fire risks on your property, you may be given an informal or formal notice to amend your safety procedures or make alterations to the observed risks; failing to do so may result in fines or a custodial sentence.

For more information, visit the Government information page, or contact your local fire safety department.