The duration of any job is influenced by many factors We suggest you refer to our 'you' page which details the main stages of your project. We can react quickly to accommodate most requirements.
A typical Office Fit out or Refurbishment of an office covering an area of approx 5000 Sqft to take between 5-8 weeks dependent on the scope of works and the finishes/fixtures and fittings which are included in the scheme.
Most new buildings and alterations to existing buildings, including replacement windows and glazed doors, reroofing or rebuilding of walls require approval under the Building Regulations.
The following types of project amount to building work and will need building regulations approval:
Construction Design Management (CDM). The CDM 2007 Regulations apply to most common building, civil engineering and engineering construction works.
You must notify the Health and Safety Executive of the site if the construction work is expected to either:
If either of the above apply then the client is required to appoint a CDM coordinator. A CDM coordinator is responsible to:
We use experienced Mechanical & Electrical construction partners to provide this service to our customers via Amspec as the Main Contractor. We select our Services companies based upon competitive costing and proven performance. The value achieved benefits your project.
It is sometimes difficult to but a value upon the Main Contractors role and tempting to break the job down into its composite parts to extract the raw value. We empathise with this approach but have demonstrated to our clients that real value is achievable by coordinating all trades through one Main Contractor.
We have summarised some key categories below, however detailed information is available on The Planning Portal.
Under legislation that came into effect in England on 6 April 2010, the erection, extension or alteration of an industrial building or warehouse is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to a number of limits . see The Planning portal for further details.
Installations of air source heat pumps on non-domestic land are likely to require an application for planning permission to the local authority
Installing a ground or water source heat pump in the grounds of a non-domestic building is likely to be considered 'permitted development' with no need to apply to the council for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions which must be met to benefit from the permitted development rights.
You may need to apply for advertisement consent to display an advertisement bigger than 0.3 square metres (or any size if illuminated) on the front of, or outside, your property
Other than where both uses fall within the same use class, planning permission is generally required for a material change of use.
In most cases you will not need to apply for planning permission to knock down a building, unless the council has made an article 4 direction restricting the permitted development rights that apply to demolition. Where demolition of any kind of building is proposed, the council may wish to agree the details of how you intend to carry out the demolition and how you propose to restore the site afterwards.
In many cases installing a flue on non-domestic land as part of a biomass heating system, or a combined heat and power system, is likely to be considered 'permitted development' with no need to apply to the council for planning permission. There are, however, important limits which must be met to benefit from the permitted development rights.
See change of use
In many cases installing solar panels on non domestic land is likely to be considered 'permitted development' with no need to apply to the council for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions which must be met to benefit from the permitted development rights
Many trees are protected by tree preservation orders which means that, in general, you need the council's consent to prune or fell them. In addition, there are controls over many other trees in conservation areas.
It is standard practice for landlords and tenants to enter into a ‘Licence for Alterations‘ where a tenant wishes to carry out improvements or other major works to its premises during the term of its lease. Whilst structural alterations are sometimes prohibited, non-structural alterations are normally acceptable, subject to the tenant obtaining Landlord’s consent. For the Licence to be considered the Landlord usually requires Proposed drawings and outline specification indicating the works.
Amspec can provide all information to assist with your Licence to Alter
This is very much dependant on the size and structure of you organisation.
From our experience if it is a particularly fastrack project it is beneficial to limit the number of people involved.
Alternatively if you have time why not appoint a client Project Team to capture the ideas and opinions with representatives selected from a variety of business departments....this sometimes has its benefits...
Amspec can provide IT and Telephony services as an integral part of a project.
Larger companies have the benefit of a professional IT Manager who will have specific requirements. Whilst smaller companies may find it useful to talk to our IT specialists about there requirements.
We have a proven track record of delivering trouble free IT infrastructure backed up with a 25 year guarantee.
In most cases Amspec will be able to undertake works whilst staff are in occupation within a building. This is done in a number of ways:
Our directly employed workforce are trained to be customer facing and courteous at all times.
We are able to assist you in making a business case to a variety on independent lenders.
Depending upon the value and scope of your project we could quite easily provide off balance sheet funding to cover 100% of the cost.
We understand that Cashflow is the life-blood of most small to medium size companies and whilst you may be able to finance the project from your reserves it makes complete sense to annex the finance of the scheme to a 3rd party.
We work with PLUS Finance quite alot but there a other similar funders out their who will provide off balance sheet funding to help you company make that next step.
Please speak to us as we are 100% independent........
Amspec is an Interiors specialist but we also carry out Structural Works, Extensions, Landscaping and Groundworks as part of our Construction Service.
We are equipped and skilled at providing a full Design and Build offering to our clients both traditional build and SIP construction.
We have no particular allegiance with any furniture manufacture. when chosing furniture the choice can be mind boggling....! Its never ceases to amaze us how many furniture manufacturers their are out there.
Our advice to our clients is to carry out your Workplace appraisal to determine the type of furniture you require and then go to the marketplace.
the good furniture manufacturers will be FIRA rated which is the main quality accessment body. After that it comes down to person choice and budget.
The trend for "Agile working" is worth considering as in most cases a proportion of your staff will not require a permanenat desk allocation.
Please consult us for an impartial approach to furniture procurement....