Services

Our extensive range of expertise caters for a wide range of requirements, which we always deliver with a consistently high level of commitment and focus.

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Project Services

Our project managers are construction experts with extensive experience of project design, delivery and management.  Our dedicated teams are made of up individuals whose skills, holistic approach and experience best meet the needs of the project.  We excel in bringing together, and effectively managing, teams of professional to deliver complex projects. 

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Project Management

Through every stage of development, we excel as project managers, helping clients to realise their aspirations. The Castle Owen service is characterised by strong leadership, technical skill, an inclusive approach and attention to detail. From our clients to the wider project teams, we are committed to creating lasting relationships. Our service is tailored to meet the specific needs of every project. Though requirements vary significantly between clients and organisations, we meet the challenge by listening closely and developing bespoke solutions.

Our range of duties as project managers include:

  • Briefing
  • Design team advice
  • Budget, programme and risk management advice
  • Project strategy 
  • Develop consultant briefs
  • Design coordination
  • Devise procurement strategy
  • Manage tender process
  • Tender evaluation
  • Project control systems
  • Monitor progress
  • Contract administration
  • Project coordination
  • Change management
  • Manage commissioning and hand over
  • Post occupation and project review
Programme Management

Our project managers have significant expertise in the management of extensive multi-site programmes, ranging from statutory compliance assessments and remedial works actions to asbestos abatement, refurbishment and redevelopment projects.

Employers Agent

We are experts in the administration of  Design and Build projects. With an emphasis on cost, quality and programme control, we deliver every project within the agreed parameters.

Our employers agent services include:

  • Risk management
  • Prepare employers requirements documentation
  • Review of contractor’s proposals 
  • Evaluate proposed costs 
  • Quality control 
  • Change control
  • Agree, recommend and certify stage payments
  • Regular reporting
  • Manage completion and commissioning
  • Certify practical completion
  • Manage the rectification of defects

Castle Owen have provided us with a high level of service and we enjoy a close working relationship with them. Their technical ability and commitment to the project is commendable.

Robert Wilkinson, North East Derbyshire District Council

Project Monitoring

Professional independent advice is critical for any client acquiring an interest, entering into an agreement to purchase, or providing funding for projects not directly under their control. Our Project Monitoring service draws upon our building surveying and contract administration skill sets, providing clients with detailed consideration of quality, cost, construction and programme.

We tailor our service to meet each client’s specific requirements, but typically our offering will include the following:

  • Initial development review and reporting
  • Specification and design appraisal
  • Initial cost analysis
  • Review of appointments, contracts approvals and warranties
  • Quality and progress monitoring
  • Programme review
  • Cost monitoring
  • Attendance at project progress meetings
  • Monitoring and specialist testing
  • Collation of information at completion and final report
Quality Monitoring (Clerk of Works)

With a specialist understanding of building technology and construction practice, our team of chartered building surveyors are experts in quality control and clerk of works services. We ensure that each project is delivered to the required and agreed standards, and is occupied without the need for significant and disruptive post-completion rectification. As with all of our services, these can be tailored to meet specific client or project requirements, and combined with others such as project management to provide an enhanced offering.

The core aspects of our quality monitoring services are:

  • Initial detailed design reviews
  • Regular site inspections throughout the construction process
  • Advising on construction and materials defects
  • Preparation of regular reports including photographic records
  • Direct liaison with the contractor’s site management team
  • Management of the completion phase including the preparation of snagging schedules
Contract Administration

Contract administration is an integral part of our design, project management and employers agent roles, and can also be provided as an individual service. Our team has extensive experience of administering most forms of building contracts – both where a full detailed design is prepared pre-tender, and where the contractor is required to perform a design and construction function.

Procurement

We understand all aspects of construction procurement, including the regulations that affect the public sector. As either a standalone service, an integral part of our project management offer, or part of our role as an employers agent, we provide clear advice upon the most appropriate route for a particular project. We aim to assist clients in balancing risk, cost and programme constraints to develop the right strategy for their project. We also advise upon the use of the most appropriate form of building contract that will best protect the interests of our clients.

Our professional team including Castle Owen have been great team players and display a can-do attitude when approaching the issues and challenges that construction throws up.

Andrew Fallon, The University of Sheffield

Strategic Asbestos Advice

As a multi-disciplinary practice, we encounter a variety of deleterious materials on a regular basis. Asbestos is a particularly high-risk material, and we have significant experience in developing strategies to help clients manage this substance. Our approach involves combining project management and contract administration techniques with specialist asbestos-management training. We apply this approach to abatement projects where cost and programme require careful control. This process has had considerable success, providing clients with much-needed certainty.

Asbestos management services include:

  • Strategic independent review and gap analysis
  • Procurement of asbestos surveyors
  • Procurement of analytical consultants
  • Procurement of asbestos removal contractors
  • Development of remediation strategies
  • Procurement of asbestos remediation works
  • Project management and contract administration of abatement works
  • Strategic budget and programme development
Cost Management

Forecasting and controlling cost is an integral part of our project delivery process. We understand that our clients need to know that costs are accurately assessed and controlled.

Our cost management services include:

  • Budget estimating integrated within our feasibility studies
  • Cost planning during design development phases
  • Preparation of pre-tender estimates
  • Project cost control linked with our change control procedures
  • Valuation of construction work
  • Certification of payments
  • Final account negotiation and agreement
Health & Safety

Health and safety is one of our core activities, contributing to the delivery of all of our services. We have embraced the recent changes to the CDM regulations and provide a range of relevant services to our clients and other consultancies. We regularly perform the role of Principal Designer (CDM 2015) in relation to projects that we have designed.

Our health and safety services include the following:

  • Principal Designer (CDM 2015)
  • Principal Designer Advisor
  • Client Advisor
  • Compliance auditing

We are very pleased with the technical ability, level of service and professionalism provided, and their positive attitude towards the work they have been involved with.

Christine Levine, Matthew Boulton College

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Surveying Services

We are experts in the appraisal of buildings, with a team of chartered building surveyors providing detailed, relevant, independent advice upon all building types. Our services are tailored to meet specific client requirements and, where appropriate, we combine associated in-house expertise covering health and safety, accessibility design and cost advice.

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Surveys

We offer a full range of building surveys ranging from detailed analysis of building condition and defects to summary reports identifying key concerns and attributes.

Survey types depend on the client’s brief, but those we regularly provide include:

  • Pre acquisition
  • Building condition
  • Planned maintenance (PMP)
  • Statutory compliance audit
  • Defect diagnosis
  • Portfolio surveys
  • Schedules of condition
  • Fire risk surveys
  • Occupancy reviews

We have significant experience in successfully managing multi-disciplinary survey teams in order to provide a consistent and detailed reports.

We were very impressed with your professional, thorough and friendly approach. You helped up strike that difficult balance between what would be ideal and what is financially possible. 

Lynne Carter, Keighley College

Party Wall

The purpose of the Party Wall Etc., Act 1996 is to provide owners with rights to undertake certain specific works on or adjacent to adjoining properties, and to give protection to potentially affected neighbours. The Act is prescriptive in placing duties upon the various parties involved in the development process. We provide early advice upon the implications the Act may have on development proposals, and ensure the appropriate procedures are adopted in order to avoid delay. Acting as both building and adjoining owner’s surveyors, we ensure that the terms of the Act are adhered to, enabling developments to proceed unhindered while all parties’ interests are protected.

Our services include:

  • Initial site appraisal
  • Service of notices
  • Schedules of condition
  • Preparing and agreeing Party Wall Awards
  • Agreement of Party Wall Awards
  • Monitoring condition
  • Post completion inspections
  • Resolution of disputes
  • Acting as Third Surveyor
  • Acting as Agreed Surveyor
Access Consultancy

Since before the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, we have been involved in advising on matters of access. Therefore, we are well placed to advise clients upon the current Equality Act 2010 which codifies various pieces of discriminatory legislation and regulations. Our access consultancy team includes members of the National Register of Access Consultants as well as those who have undertaken specialist RICS training on accessibility. Combining construction and design skills with access consultancy experience, we provide a single, all-encompassing service to our clients.

Our services include:

  • Access strategy plans
  • Master planning and brief development
  • Access audits
  • Design audits
  • Access statements
  • Design management and implementation of remedial works

I have been very impressed with the quality and clarity of your report and can say also that the bank’s technical witness also stated that they were  very impressed when they gave evidence in court.

Allen V. RBS

Douglas Johnson, Sheffield Law Centre

 

Landlord and Tenant

We assist in the resolution of dilapidation matters, representing both landlords and tenants. We advise new tenants upon protecting their interests, and negotiate claims at the end of lease terms on behalf of both landlords and tenants. We also act as independent experts under the Civil Procedures Rules.

Our landlord and tenant services include the following:

  • Review lease documentation
  • Advise upon landlord consents for alterations
  • Review deeds of variation
  • Review or prepare schedules of condition
  • Pre-dilapidation claim advice including costing
  • Prepare Scott schedules as a means of managing disputes
  • Prepare claims
Expert Witness

We regularly assist legal teams by providing expertise regarding property and construction related matters. Given our depth of construction and contractual knowledge, we are well placed to provide independent expert opinions on technical matters and establishing the strengths of arguments. We can also recommend or directly appoint other specialists where a consultant team approach is required. Our expert witness experience includes accessibility, specialist building pathology and construction disputes, and we are well versed in the requirements of the CPR.

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Architecture

With significant expertise ranging from simple building alterations to complex refurbishment and new build projects, we have developed an enviable reputation within the field of design.

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We excel in solving complex problems and delivering commissions to an exceptionally high standard – often within challenging time frames. We are proud to have retained the necessary skills that make us one of the few practices to regularly design and detail projects that follow traditional procurement routes. We regularly lead design teams and deliver highly serviced buildings for our varied client base. By offering a fully integrated service, with a single point of contact and responsibility, we have developed excellent working relationships with several leading engineering practices.

Our design services include:

  • Full architectural service for refurbishment, remodelling alterations and new build projects
  • Briefing
  • Feasibility studies
  • 3d images and presentations
  • Concept design
  • Detailed design
  • Interior design
  • Specification
  • Specialist laboratory design
  • Detailed design & traditional procurement expertise
  • Lead consultant and design coordination
  • Principal Designer (CDM 2015)

Castle Owen have been engaged on a variety of university projects and in particular have provided a very responsive and professional project management service on a number of high profile, complex and technically challenging refurbishment schemes.

Jonathan Crockett, The University of Sheffield

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