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Alex French Associates Asbestos would be a great building product were it not for the significant health risks. It was the building material of choice in the 1960s to the mid '70s in the UK, before the potentially deadly properties of asbestos were known.

During this time asbestos was used for a number of jobs such as; floor tiles, pipe lagging, textured paints (Artex), internal partitions, central heating systems, roofs, gutters, rainwater downpipes, cement cladding, fire protection to structural steelwork, fuse boxes, bitumen products and many, many more.Building projects can be complex and difficult to administer.

Good project coordination involves working closely with the client, architect, specialist suppliers and sub-contractors to ensure the project is completed within the required timescales and within budget. Fire safety is an extremely important issue, especially in mixed-use premises and where unrelated occupiers, who live independently from one another, share common areas of the same building.

An AFA Building Defects Report can provide advice on specific building elements (roof, walls or floors) or on a particular defect, such as subsidence, damp or timber defects.
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read more › At AFA we believe in providing a holistic approach to disabled adaptations. Rather than being viewed as just another construction project, the primary purpose of a disabled adaptation should be the rehabilitation and long-term needs of the client. By working more closely with the Case Manager and with the client (where possible) we aim to create a healthy, sustainable and cost effective environment. A thorough and comprehensive search for properties suitable for adaptation or for land suitable for new-build accommodation.

read more › Building projects can be complex and difficult to administer. Good project management involves working closely with the client, architect, specialist suppliers and sub-contractors to ensure the project is completed within the required timescales and within budget. Successful project coordination requires good planning and organisation skills. A good Project Coordinator is able to interpret and implement a client brief, monitor and report on project progress, control the quality and manage the costs of the project from inception right through to practical completion.

read more › An AFA Building Defects Report can provide advice on specific building elements (roof, walls or floors) or on a particular defect, such as subsidence, damp or timber defects. The report can also be tailored to address specific concerns or to provide the overall condition of a building. AFA will identify defects and comment on their significance as well as assess the potential of any future problems. We will also provide recommendations for remedial or preventative works and where the extent of a defect cannot be determined or seen without more intrusive methods, our report may suggest that further investigation works or exploratory works are required.

read more › The purpose of a Schedule of Condition Survey is to record the current condition of a property before entering into a lease agreement and is a detailed room-by-room assessment. Commercial leases usually stipulate that the tenant is responsible for any repairs during and at the end of a tenancy, so it is vital that you fully understand your potential liabilities before signing your lease. Often, a Schedule of Condition Survey can be used to negotiate with your landlord to have immediate defects corrected prior to your taking over the lease and this can possibly save you a considerable amount of money.

read more › AFA provides architectural design services for both residential and commercial projects. Projects range from simple domestic extensions to specialist designs for disabled adaptations and new build projects. As Chartered Building Surveyors we can also advise if your building requires necessary repair works prior to refurbishment or adaptation, saving you time and cost in the long term. Our design service is tailored to individual needs and we provide the full range of services required in connection with the design and construction of new buildings, conversions, alterations and extensions.

read more › Fire safety is an extremely important issue, especially in mixed-use premises and where unrelated occupiers, who live independently from one another, share common areas of the same building. This area of law is covered by the Housing Act 2004 and the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 inside the dwelling and for the common areas, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005). The responsible person for the "common parts" fire safety is either the freeholder or landlord who has responsibility for that part of the premises.

read more › A building survey may seem like an unnecessary expense when you are already spending a lot of money buying a house, however, depending on the age and condition of the property you are buying, money spent on a decent survey could save you a fortune in the future and you may also be able to use the information in the survey to negotiate the price with the vendor. AFA offer two 'levels' of homebuyer survey: a Homebuyers Report (level two), and a Building Survey (level three) plus a Snagging Survey, which is specifically for new-build homes.

read more › A snagging survey is a visual inspection designed to check for problems with a new-build home and should pick up everything from minor issues, such as a door that doesn't close properly, to more serious structural problems. The most common issues picked up by snagging surveys tend to be with plastering, tiling, skirting boards and external brickwork. They also cover the garden, driveway and garage if relevant. A snagging inspection can also be useful following an extension or major renovation project.

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