Technical Advice

Technical Advice

Technical Advice fits within the same stable as Due Diligence and Assurance and aspects of Development Monitoring and requires experienced surveyors who have a broad knowledge of construction and development so that clients can understand the risks and issues, weigh these up and make the right decisions in an efficient manner without having to commission expensive support from various quarters.  Sometime though this is unavoidable and careful judgement is required to determine when additional support is required.

We have many years of experience of providing technical advice and monitoring developments on behalf of banks, funds, owners and occupiers including retail warehousing, industrial units, offices, leisure centres, schools and health centres.  Our objective is to ensure a development meets the clients expectations in terms of meeting the requisite cost, quality and programme requirements set out in the respective legal agreements but it also includes first setting the benchmarks, advising on risks, and if necessary proactively tackling any issues which arise.


The range of transactions where we may be of assistance include:

  • Property acquisition (See Building Surveys)
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Audits & reviews
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Joint Ventures & Public Private Partnerships
  • Property development

Using this had won knowledge and experience

Record Associates, are able to advise clients on a range of specialist skills and disciplines including:

  • Strategic property advice
  • Design management
  • Development of business case(s)
  • Competition strategy & contract selection
  • Briefing
  • Risk management
  • Change management
  • Value management & value engineering
  • Options appraisals
  • Cost control
  • Delivery planning & programming
  • Change Control
  • Consultant selection
  • Move management
  • Procurement of specialist surveys and reports
  • Commissioning & handover
  • Procurement advice
  • Soft landings
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Gateway Reviews

Recent Projects

Miscellaneous Instructions | Expert Witness

All our expert witness instructions are undertaken by Julian Record, a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Project Manager with over 20 years’ experience in project management and general building consultancy across the public and private sectors.

Wesley House | Construction Project Management & Architectural Design

Record Associates were appointed by Via Property Development Ltd to provide Architectural Design and Construction Project Management services in connection with the conversion of this former Methodist Chapel into 12 apartments extending to approximately 780 sq.m.

Aberclay Finance | Development Monitoring and Due Diligence

Record Associates have been appointed to monitor three housing developments on behalf of the funder, Aberclay Finance. The developments comprise 13 units in North Shropshire, 20 units in Worcestershire and the conversion of 5 listed barns in Oxfordshire

I’d like to thank you for all your hard work and commitment facilitating our move to Baskerville House which, given the complicated structuring of the leases and phasing of the works to accommodate the changes to our organisation, was by no means straight forward. Overall we are extremely pleased with the end result, which was achieved at great value for money and with excellent client service.

Tim Manson | Director of Operations Marketing Birmingham TESTIMONIALS

Julian Record has been a huge asset on the Abbey Stadium Leisure Centre project having advised the Council from the outset on the business case and the selection of the preferred development option though to agreeing a procurement strategy which addressed the key project risks and optimised value for money, competently administering the construction contract and ensuring that the right quality levels were being achieved. It was immensely pleasing to have completed this project on programme and within budget which has in large part been down to Julian Record and his team’s knowledge, experience and tenacity

John Godwin | Head of Service Leisure and Cultural Services Bromsgrove District & Redditch Borough Councils TESTIMONIALS

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