Castons quantity surveyors help you to estimate the time, funds and materials you will need to complete a construction project. Our cost management experience helps you to stick to your budget and save money. Meanwhile, our project management experience helps to ensure that everything is completed on time.
The benefits of working with a good quantity surveyor are evident before construction work has even begun. We help to match your vision, plans and designs to your budget to ensure that your project is achievable and realistic. This eliminates any unnecessary risks and covers all potential liabilities. Indeed, we can also discuss different risk-sharing and procurement options with you, where required. It’s also useful to have our support when it comes to ensuring compliance with any necessary regulations.
Castons conducts building surveys for local authorities, housing associations and corporate clients alike. Our trusted building survey services include everything from initial inspections and building pathology reports to advice on building maintenance and construction issues. Indeed, our expert team is up to date with the latest construction developments and techniques, enabling us to expertly manage your maintenance contracts and provide specifications and CAD drawings for any minor works to be carried out.
As part of our comprehensive services, we can also help you to deal with any party wall (shared boundary) disputes you may be facing, in addition to helping you deal with any due diligence matters. This includes detailed advice on the legal requirements imposed by regulations such as the Disability Discrimination Act.
RAAC panel surveys
Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) panels were widely used in hospitals and education facilities across the UK throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. In late 2018, however, a flat roof constructed from RAAC panels suddenly collapsed at a school. The way that the panels are made makes them much weaker than traditional concrete, therefore posing a serious risk, particularly once the estimated useful life of 30 years has elapsed. The Government therefore called for surveys to be conducted on all buildings with RAAC panels, for the remaining duration of the buildings’ lifetime.
Castons is the lead consultant for these surveys, employing consultant structural engineers and specialist concrete testing companies to advise us on the condition of RAAC panels. We are often advised by specialists at Loughborough University. After completing our surveys, we produce reports on our findings, having developed our entire RAAC panel testing method in collaboration with NHS England. In addition to conducting specialist surveys and writing reports, we manage any remedial works that need to be carried out, collaborating with clinical teams and stakeholders alike to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.