Our geographical reach puts our building experts close to clients right around the world.
With expertise in all the critical aspects of building structures and fabric - as well as engineering systems - we develop strategies that optimise building performance and operational efficiency. Combining technical due diligence, compliance and certification with commissioning and engineering design into a single integrated organisation, we can move rapidly from understanding the issue and identifying the problem to devising a solution and implementing it. This simplifies points of contact, saves time and reduces risk.
Technical & Environmental Due Diligence is essential to buying & selling property. They highlight risks, bring clarity to complex technical issues, identify & quantify liabilities & give an informed position from which to negotiate.
Buy, sell and negotiate with confidenceOur team combines local expertise and international experience to secure the best outcomes for large and complex transactions involving cross-border or multi-site portfolios. We support your transactions every step of the way, leaving no open issues and no questions unanswered.
Renowned for QualityA single point of contact is our critical link in delivering consistency and quality across the UK and Europe. Behind the scenes, we share experiences and knowledge continually to make sure the advice we give you reflects the very latest thinking on building technology, occupier trends, legislation and market practice.
Industry specialistsWe have the largest network of real estate advisors in the world. That means we have the specialists in all the places you need them. We investigate everything thoroughly - from building structures and complex facade systems to the many engineering services installations - assessing their quality and condition, as well as measuring how they perform against energy legislation and the sustainability agenda.
And at the frontier of innovation, our Geomatics team offers 3D modelling, to provide accurate measurement data, BIM-ready floor plans and digital twins.
Speed of ResponseWith so many in-house experts we can hit the ground running with a team specially picked for your assignment. Our RICS qualified surveyors, ESG consultants and building specialists are ready when you need them. Our team is coordinated by your single point of contact which guarantees the clarity and consistency of our advice, whilst driving optimal results.
Transaction certaintyWhen you’re buying or selling property, we know our advice is always part of a broader agenda, so we make sure it’s practical, commercially focused and leaves no questions unanswered. Our technical insight, detailed analysis and market knowledge will save you money and manage your exposure to risk.
Related Case Studies
Selfridges GroupSimplifying a complex corporate transaction.
Covering every important technical angle, we delivered comprehensive reports on representative properties from a diverse portfolio spread across multiple geographies to meet a timetable set by the transaction, simplifying the negotiation, saving time and bringing certainty.
iQ StudentShaping a commercial proposition for a quicker and smoother sale.
Partnering with iQ Student and Goldman Sachs we supported one of the largest ever UK private real estate transactions involving 67 assets with a value of £4.66bn, all delivered in eight weeks whilst maintaining confidentiality.
Realty IncomeCoordinated reporting from a single partner saves time and reduces risk.
Our long-term partnership with Realty Income has helped them build a £1bn+ portfolio in the UK and Spain – chosen from more than 200 assets – all from a standing start in 2019. We know that our clients come to us for our great communication, an eye for detail and dependability.
Dilapidations done differently. Creative advice with a commercial focus, tactical strategies and expert negotiation on managing dilapidations risks for landlords and tenants.
We’re building specialists and we know what it takes to repair and maintain everything from a medieval timber frame to a high spec city office tower.
We have unique access to in-house experts like mechanical and electrical engineers, façade consultants and environmental experts, so our advice is always detailed and comprehensive. We have in-house cost consultants too, working day-to-day in the construction market, so our pricing is always accurate and reliable.
We approach dilapidations from a commercial perspective. Working hard to achieve the best outcome for our clients, using all our experience representing both landlords and tenants, in each case seeing the world as they see it.
- Lease Advice and Dilapidations Strategies
- Terminal Dilapidations Claims and Negotiations
- Interim Dilapidations Claims and Negotiations
- Dilapidations Project Management
- Break Option Advice
- Tenant Surrender and Assignment Advice
- Pre-Lease Advice
- Portfolio Management
- Lease Advice and Dilapidations Strategies
- Dilapidations Provision Reports and Lease Accounting Standards (IFRS 16) Advice
- Cross Border Portfolio Provisioning
- Defence of Terminal Dilapidations Claims
- Defence of Interim Dilapidations Claims
- Break Option Advice and Managing Break Risks
- Surrender, Assignment and Sub-Letting Advice
- Decommissioning Advice
- Dilapidations Project Management
Related Case Studies
Rackspace, 1 Hyde Park Hayes
Representing the tenant Rackspace, we negotiated a major reduction in a £6.02 million landlords’ claim for dilapidations to £15k.
Brookfield Office Properties, CityPoint
We recovered £40 per sq. ft. for Brookfield at CityPoint from a tenant with only internal repair obligations.
Marsh & McLennan, White Lodge Trading Estate
Acting for Marsh & McLennan, we mitigated a conditional lease break and agreed a lease surrender, saving them 79%.
Energy efficiency building systems. Design, control and performance strategies to maximise the contribution engineering systems make to sustainable, productive and cost-effective buildings.
Clever strategies to reduce costs, keep occupiers happy and sustain long term asset value in a competitive property market. Expert building services engineering for everything from acquisitions, refurbishment projects, energy efficiency, day to day operation, to whole building life cycles.Keep on the front foot with smart technology, innovation and sustainable engineering.
Analysis, advice and strategies to meet the day-to-day demands of building operation - and for transaction activity - guidance on the features most valued by occupiers or investors.
We focus on managing risks and liabilities, carbon reduction and optimising energy costs.
Committed to low energy, low carbon design, and net zero, we deliver project strategies to achieve the sustainability accreditation you need - MEES, BREEAM, LEED, WELL, NABERS, fitwel and GRESB.
Design – turning ideas from feasibility studies into detailed designs - we can use our Geomatics team’s 3D scanning technology to capture site data digitally and design in CAD or Revit for BIM. We handle everything, including supervision on site through to completion and handover into occupation.
Technical Advisor – Choose an independent, client-focused review of commercial and technical proposals from consultants and contractors, so you can be confident you’ll receive exactly what you’ve asked for.
Peer Reviews – A design appraisal looking for value engineering, design gaps, compliance shortcomings, with clear guidance on alignment with your budgets and the design intent.
Plant and system replacement – complete projects in live working environments, planned and phased to manage critical interfaces and mitigate the risk of business interruption.
Project monitoring – critical quality monitoring and assurance on third party projects
Investigation and diagnostics – system analysis and design review to identify, and correct, underperformance.
Leasing services – technical support for landlords and tenants agreeing licences for alteration, and resolving dilapidations and disputes.
Contract Management Support – contractual compliance oversight - making sure risks and liabilities are managed effectively, driving high performance standards and best value for money for you.
Projects – from new build to complex refurbishment, we deliver technically advanced and innovative solutions, commercially focused from the start through design and procurement stages to inspections, commissioning and handover.
Procurement – benefit from our deep industry connections and buying power to get value for money maintenance and project solutions. From development of the client specific contract and through the tender process we ensure that the mobilisation procedures are completed to ensure a smooth transition.
Without significant capital cost, an annual consultancy service allows us to administer the platform and support building managers, and FM teams, in driving plant optimization - increasing plant lifecycle, reducing energy costs and ultimately maintaining peak levels of performance.
A live web portal shows every stakeholder the benefits through a user-friendly dashboard. Benchmarking and energy performance data can be shared on screens in public areas to demonstrate how owners and occupiers are achieving their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.
Get lifetime performance from building facades of every type. Fault diagnostics and cost effective, engineering strategies for new systems, maintenance or refurbishment.
Lifetime façade engineeringManage risk, match appearance with performance, meet ambitious environmental standards and get the best possible value for money from your building façade systems. Expert façade engineers, we investigate and diagnose faults, deliver effective maintenance and replacement strategies, and satisfy compliance standards.
Embrace our sustainability and the cradle-to-cradle ethos. We handle everything from design, material selection and manufacture to installation and subsequent lifetime care.
Clients across EMEA
Top 10 buildings
We have inspected 10 of the tallest buildings in the UK
Spoken within the Facades team
Technical Due DiligenceTechnical insight, detailed design analysis and market knowledge focused on saving you money and managing risk. All round facade expertise covering performance, service life, cost in use, compliance and safety - so you can buy and sell with full knowledge and confidence.
Statutory ComplianceComply with façade legislation and get up to date quickly when it changes. Overhead glazing, structural integrity, health and safety, statutory requirements or compliance, we’ll handle it all for you - and tell you what it means from a real estate market perspective too.
Project ManagementClose monitoring oversight of new façade installations and refurbishment projects for quality assurance. Manage risk through engineering specialists working with project teams, either client-side or for contractors and installers.
SustainabilityExpert façade advice, advocacy and representation for legal actions, warranty and insurance claims, defect investigations and assessments. Sustainability informed engineering strategies designed to optimise the contribution building facades make to achieving sustainability goals and ESG objectives - both in design and in use.
Façade Fire SafetyNavigate safety, technical and commercial requirements and stay ahead of the latest legislation and market trends in relation to Façade Fire Safety, with our detailed understanding and real world application of the latest advice and guidance, supported by industry leading teams, commercial insight and insurance cover.
Expert OpinionWe know that sometimes things don’t run smoothly and you may need an expert opinion as part of a claim. Or perhaps you are looking for a peer review. The Façade Consultancy team have detailed knowledge of expert roles and can provide you with the expert opinion required for your project. Whether it is dilapidations, insurance, defect analysis, warranty review, product guarantee or dispute resolution in the real estate industry, the team has the right expert for you.
Capturing reality. Taking the built environment into a new dimension.
OverviewAccuracy is crucial for you, so we approach every project meticulously, giving it the attention it needs to make sure you get the right results.
With cutting edge technology – such as 3D terrestrial scanners and 360 photography at our fingertips - our RICS-accredited experts capture spatial data with statistical accuracy that’s correct to 0.2%.
We work closely with you to understand your needs, drawing on the expertise of the wider CBRE team – from valuation experts to retail specialists – to deepen our understanding of what you want to achieve.
Our measured surveys contain more detail and more information. They can be used as the basis for architectural design in the form of sections, elevations and floor plans, as well as data for Building Information Models (BIM). All our reports meet the RICS Property Measurement Standards, so you can be confident internal areas are calculated on a common and consistent basis; critically, they are also objective and independent.
We provide 2D and 3D output including BIM, 360 virtual walkthroughs, site area measurement, boundary and topographical surveys, sections and elevations for refurbishment projects, elevations for rights of light negotiations, demise plans for leases, and Land Registry compliant title plans.
We have the technology and the skills to support you with everything from large scale, global portfolio instructions to small one-off instructions, all delivered with the same exacting precision and attention to detail.
- Expand your audience by bringing static, two dimensional data to life in an engaging, interactive format that feels just like being there.
- We can give you virtual access to any building, at any time, anywhere, by providing an analytical, connected model that can be experienced on mobile devices, tablets, desktops, or even Virtual Reality headsets.
- Walkthroughs can be hosted and shared, providing you with an immensely powerful tool for virtual site meetings or presentations, to discuss everything from marketing, leasing, space planning and design development, to development monitoring.
- By using the very latest 3D laser scanning devices, we can provide virtual walkthroughs of any built environment within hours of leaving site.
- Measurement lies at the heart of every property transaction. When it’s information that’s often taken for granted it’s even more important to be able to rely on its accuracy.
- The more you think about measured survey data, the more you’ll realise how often you need it, how much it’s part of everything you do, and perhaps most importantly, how vital it is to have information you can trust. More than ever, clients want confidence in the data being used.
- Our RICS qualified team is equipped with the latest, cutting-edge data capture technology, combined with the surveying skills that come from years of experience. We guarantee referenced areas within a tolerance of 0.2%, a level of accuracy that meets the guidelines set out in the RICS Property Measurement Standard.
- All our area reports are also provided with an assignable letter of reliance, which transfers a duty of care to future purchasers. This is backed up by our market leading Professional Indemnity Insurance providing unrivalled client confidence, to support transactions from the very outset.
- The scope of our business means we see the world from every angle ,but capturing and presenting spatial data can be a challenge, not just for investors, vendors and developers but for everyone involved in the built environment.
- In a world where Architects, Engineers and Construction professionals use sophisticated digital tools to plan, design, construct and manage buildings, we recognise the need to provide 3D BIM-ready Revit (AutoCAD) models.
- Our team uses terrestrial 3D scanners and UAV drone technology to capture large datasets of the built environment. Once processed we can store this for you, effectively future-proofing all the information about your asset. Our output includes raw ‘point-cloud’ data for architects, as well as allowing extrapolation of detailed 2D floor plans, sections and elevations.
- The Building Information Models provide digital description of every aspect of the built asset.
- The Model makes it possible for anyone to access or add to the building component information thus improving asset reliability and performance.
- Full 3D datasets promote greater efficiency, save money on design and planning costs, deliver reduced capital and operating expenditure, as well as providing asset registers and a basis for service mapping.
Related Case Studies
ZSL London Zoo – Snowdon Aviary
Bringing history to life with 3D data capture
A new lease of life was planned for the Snowdon Aviary which was due to be renovated and transformed into a new walkthrough primate enclosure. Heavy duty and light weight laser measurement scanners were utilised to capture the minute-detail required to form a 3D model which was used to recreate the mesh to the exact size. This data can now be used as a digital twin on an ongoing basis for maintenance and upkeep.
London Metropolitan University
Holloway Road Campus
450,000 sq ft
The basis for a multi-million pound refurbishment project, we prepared a BIM Level 2-ready, 3D model of the campus. This full data set supported workable 2D drawings for architects and contractors. An elevation survey of the tower allowed the façade consultants to replace defective panels. We also mapped underground services as well as plant and machinery.
113,000 sq ft
We prepared floor plans to provide accurate floor area measurements. We also carried out a topographical survey, including building elevations and sections for planned construction work. The most efficient way to deliver all these elements was to laser scan the entire site and model it to BIM level 2. Elevations, sections and floor plans could then be extracted easily. Where parts of the building were inaccessible to the scanner we used live data capture on tablet PCs to complete the model.
Air quality matters
As cities expand across the planet, the air quality, inside and outside our buildings, is becoming a critical human and political issue. Breathing poor quality air in the work environment caused by poorly designed mechanical systems, ineffective filtration or inadequate ventilation has a detrimental effect on human productivity, wellbeing and overall health.
Introducing CBRE Breathe
CBRE Breathe empowers everyone involved in developing, occupying or leasing buildings to analyze indoor air quality, and use this insight to promote the productivity, health and well being of occupiers.
Using sophisticated digital technology, coupled with our extensive experience of M&E building ventilation systems, we interrogate your designs to collect and analyze critical data about your building.
CBRE Breathe uses this information to develop and help you implement practical strategies to create the most productive and healthy workplaces, and the most attractive buildings for investors and occupiers.
Cities in India regularly rank amongst the most polluted on Earth, and the building occupants were suffering with extremely high levels of air pollution, peaking in excess of 20 times the maximum guideline stipulated by the World Health Organisation. Complaints of stuffy indoor conditions were common amongst the building occupiers.
Our client recognised its duty of care to its employees and sought our help in assessing and recommending improvements to the building’s ventilation systems.
We carried out an air quality audit, recording and analysing data which we collated and converted to an Air Quality Index (AQI)* value.
A high-level review of the system design in the building followed, and this included an assessment of the performance of the building’s ventilation systems. The results of our analysis were examined in the context of the building’s design, and its day to day functional requirements.
We presented costed options for improving the building’s ventilation system design which were adopted by the client.
We were asked to implement these recommendations, which included upgrading air filtration systems and re-balancing the fresh air provision. The Building Consultancy team worked in collaboration with the CBRE GWS PJM and CBRE India teams.
We produced the necessary technical specifications, advised on tender returns and took responsibility for technical oversight and management of the work in the building. CBRE India provided local project management support during the construction phase of the project.
Illustrated below are details the Air Quality Index values collated from our audit, before and after the improvement works.
Our re-design of the ventilation infrastructure delivered a dramatic improvement of indoor Air Quality Index rates of 93% compared against ambient conditions (up from 32% before improvement works) - bringing the AQI rating down from an ‘Unhealthy’ rating to a ‘Good’ rating.