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New Class

From the 1st September new changes came into force for planning in England. The creation of a Class E of planning is intended to make it easier for vacant retail premises to be reoccupied without the need to obtain planning permission (in most cases). There is concern as to what this may do to many… Read more »

Dabinett Graduates Get Plastered……….Lime Plastered

plastered in wales

Two of Dabinett’s graduates spent the day brushing up on their building knowledge. The course was at the Natural Building Centre in North Wales, adding to their skills in working with older and Listed buildings. The opportunity to attend was due to Dabinett’s involvement with Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative. The course focussed on lime plasters, mortars… Read more »

What Are Reinstatement Cost Assessments (RCA)?

reinstatement cost assessment negotiation

All too often the value a property is insured for is incorrect, having been arrived at by guesswork or based on market value.  Having a detailed reinstatement cost assessment is crucial.  The application of ‘averaging’ clauses by insurance companies can lead to shortfalls in payouts. Assessing the Value The insurers request a value for the… Read more »

Warehouse Extension Nearing Completion….

lead consultant warehouse extension dabinett

          Great progress is being made on one of our larger schemes at Trafford Park in Manchester.  The project, for which Dabinett is the lead consultant, sees the construction of a new 1,500sqm warehouse extension, new offices, mezzanine and an external pallet store. The progress on site is a culmination of… Read more »

Schedules of Condition and Cut Edge Corrosion

cut edge corrosion

A schedule of condition for a new lease of a factory in Huddersfield has just been completed. The schedule covered all parts of the building and flagged up numerous areas of disrepair. The building was a steel portal frame, with profiled metal roofs. Cut edge corrosion was found to the profiled metal roof. The identification… Read more »

Dilapidations Marathon

industrial unit dilapidation claim

Over four years’ of negotiations settlement eventually reached on excessive dilapidations claim.  The claim dates from 2013 when the claim was first made.  The settled sum was less than 10% of the original claim. Background The property was a small industrial unit in Stockport, a little south of Manchester.  It was approximately 200sqm (2,150sqft), a… Read more »

Everything is Rosie

rosie coffee house

Demonstrating the full breadth of Dabinett’s capabilities a small commission for a planning application to apply for Rosie’s Coffee shop in Stockport to expand to provide outdoor seating was quickly turned around. The coffee shop is located on Princes Street in Stockport in close proximity to the new Redrock development. Much of Princes Street is… Read more »

North Wales Project Monitoring

Project Monitoring North Wales

Dabinett was instructed on a project monitoring case for a 25 house development in North Wales. Initially, appraisals of the scheme will be carried out.  Reviewing of all aspects of design, from planning and building regulations and site conditions and cost projections will be considered. Once work commences on site Dabinett will inspect each time… Read more »

Conwy County Borough Council – Housing Inspections

housing inspection

Dabinett has marked the halfway point in their contract with Conwy County Borough Council.  The commission is for the inspection of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in respect to the requirements of the Housing Act 2004. To date over 400 individual flats have been inspected to assess the condition under the Housing Health and Safety… Read more »