The Client for this project is a private investment company that specialises in managing and developing retail spaces, predominantly within high street locations. DMP have a long-standing relationship with them and were able to react promptly.
The property in question was a mid-terraced, three-storey retail unit located on Week Street, Maidstone, which had been severely damaged following a building fire; along with five neighbouring properties in late summer 2015.
DMP were tasked to oversee the reinstatement of this property, liaising with the outgoing tenant to agree works which needed undertaking as part of their contents insurance claim, liaising with various loss adjusters, the adjoining owner’s Building Surveyors and local authority representatives.
The client wished to retain the existing retail use on the ground floor and ancillary storage on the upper floors, to ensure the property was ‘reinstated’ to a level expected of a prospective incoming tenant.
The DMP Solution
DMP undertook a detailed survey of the property with the Client’s appointed Engineer in October 2015, to establish key areas of repairs; particularly to the roof, floor structures and party walls. Careful consideration was required, due to the historic nature of the building’s elements and likewise with the adjoining property which was Grade II Listed.
Having prepared a Scheme of Reinstatement Works, DMP first agreed the scope and cost budget with the building insurers, loss adjuster and in turn circulated to local Building Contractors for competitive tender.
Upon receipt of quotations from interested contractors, one was then appointed and works commenced in early 2016, the anticipated programme of 16 week duration was agreed.
The works involved timber structural repairs to the roof, main structure, new roof coverings, external decorations and installation of a new shop front.
A white box finish was provided internally with new air conditioning to the ground floor, together with suspended ceiling and LED recessed lighting. The upper floors were finished to a standard required for staff amenity and storage areas.
The project was completed on time and within budget; given some structural elements and reinstatement works were cost engineered during the Contract, thus minimising the insurance claim with the Client’s building insurers.