Arka Building Consultants


Operating nationally throughout the UK, Arka Consultants are a Leeds-based company of chartered surveyors that specialise in Building Consultancy and Project Management.

Our Services

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Building Surveys


Our range of building surveys will identify problems and risks associated with property, and more importantly offer solutions to these that are tailored to your requirements and available budget.

Residential Surveys

Residential Surveys

We provide full building surveys for residential properties. This type of survey is the most comprehensive survey and covers a wide variety of criteria and will: describe each element of the property in question; assess the condition of each element; and where required, identify issues and recommend remedial works.

Commercial Surveys

Commercial Surveys

We have experience working with commercial and public-sector clients ranging from individual tenants to multi-national investment funds across a range of property types including; offices and industrial, retail, rural and education.

•  Measured Surveys

Measured Surveys

We can accurately survey properties or sites in accordance with the International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS), as recommended by the RICS.

•  Transactional

Transactional

Utilising our experience from working with commercial property agencies, we can tailor our survey reports to suit the client’s requirements, the property type and any other specifics.

Vendor surveys will highlight issues to prospective purchasers and, where possible, de-risk the property as far as possible to enable a smooth sale.

Purchase surveys will encompass a comprehensive review of the condition of a property providing recommendations and budget costs to attend to known issues.

•  Feasibility

Feasibility

Feasibility surveys will involve a detailed survey and study of an existing site or property and will assess the viability and likely cost, in construction terms, of any proposed change of use, development or refurbishment project.

Depending on the nature of the client brief, we can partner with other professionals e.g. architects, planning consultants and other surveyors to provide a comprehensive service.

Specific Defect Analysis

Specific Defect Analysis

For individual or specific issues with existing buildings, we will perform a targeted inspection to identify defects and suggest remedial works.

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Consultancy Services


Our range of consultancy services will offer technical and professional advice covering a wide range of client requirements that frequently arise in the property industry.

Dilapidations

Dilapidations

The RICS defines dilapidations as ‘breaches of lease covenants that relate to the condition of a property during the term of the tenancy or when the lease ends’. Our advice can be sought at any time before, during or after a lease term to help you identify financial and time risks associated with dilapidations to your business or property, and manage them accordingly.

•  Landlords

Landlords

We will ensure that our advice is provided to you in a timely manner, and that any claim we prepare against a Tenant is a fair and accurate representation of damages owed to you from the Tenant’s failure to comply with lease covenants.

•  Tenants

Tenants

We can provide indicative assessments of what likely claims will be, prior to lease expiry to enable you to budget accordingly. Upon receipt of the claim, we can respond on your behalf and ensure that the costs claimed are fair, disputing any spurious items.

•  Negotiations

Negotiations

Regardless of the party we are representing or the specific circumstances, we will ensure our conduct is professional throughout any negotiation or disputed claim and endeavour to resolve them in as amicable and timely manner as possible.

Licence for Alterations

Licence for Alterations

The majority of commercial leases contain a clause or clauses in one form or another preventing the Tenant from carrying out unauthorised alterations to a property.

We can work with Tenants to ensure they follow the correct procedures are followed to ensure their changes do not breach the terms of their lease. Conversely, we can review proposed plans from a Landlord’s perspective and advise on the suitability of the planned changes.

Planned Preventative Maintenance

Planned Preventative Maintenance

All building components deteriorate with time and use, deterioration is often exacerbated when buildings are left vacant.

Planned maintenance is a recognised approach to safeguard the function of buildings and their components, preserve the value of the building, satisfy legal obligations, and ensure the building remains suitable for occupation throughout its lifespan.

We can inspect and assess the most suitable way to maintain buildings over a defined period to suit your investment objectives.

Reinstatement Cost Assessments

Reinstatement Cost Assessments

It is important for all property owners to guarantee that their building is insured, but it is equally important to know that the buildings and contents are insured at the correct level. Too high an insurance value can mean an expensive annual premium, while too low a value leaves the potential for shortfall in the event of a claim.

We can undertake the widely recognised Reinstatement Cost Assessment (RCA) on any building and can assess the cost to rebuild the property, including demolition costs, professional fees and statutory fees.

Party Wall Advice

Party Wall Advice

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 applies to England and Wales and provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.

The role of a party wall surveyor is statutory and one that is independent of instructions from an appointing party, however we will, where possible, work with all parties to prevent party wall disputes arising. Where a dispute has already arisen, will attempt to resolve the dispute as quickly and practically as possible, following RICS.

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Projects


Our range of project services allow us to support you before, during and after a construction project as much, or as little, as you need.

Design & Specification

Design & Specification

For projects where the complexity or value of work does not warrant architectural involvement; we can combine our project management expertise with our design experience to undertake the design and specification elements of a project and manage the subsequent tender and construction processes, if required.

Project Management

Project Management

We understand that properties and projects come in all shapes and sizes and that no two projects or clients are the same. We will work with you to understand the level of support you require and will endeavour to provide it.

•  New Build

New Build

We will immerse ourselves in your project from start to finish. We are adept at developing and co-ordinating design teams with and on behalf of clients, ensuring the necessary expertise is incorporated to the project at the right moment and for the optimum duration.

For a new-build project we would recommend our ‘all-inclusive’ approach covering all the RIBA stages of a project from Stage 0 to Stage 7.

•  Refurbishments

Refurbishments

We understand that there is never a one-size-fits-all approach to working with existing buildings and we offer a mix-and-match approach broadly following the RIBA stages of work.

Select the relevant stages for your project and we will work with you to build a bespoke proposal to suit your circumstances and project.

Employer’s Agent and Contract Administrator

Employer’s Agent and Contract Administrator

Depending on your preferred procurement route and complexity of the project in question, we can manage the procurement process on your behalf and fulfil the contractual role of Employer’s Agent and Contract Administrator once a contractor has been selected.

We can undertake this as a standalone role, or in addition to our duties as Project Manager, if required.

Tenant and Occupier Fit-out

Tenant and Occupier Fit-out

We have experience in helping Tenants and Owner-Occupiers relocate their existing businesses, and in helping new businesses take the first step in fitting out their new premises. We will ensure we understand what our client wants from any move, and work closely with them to ensure their new site is ready before they move in.

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Who We Are


Arka Building Consultants was co-founded by Jonathan Gobie and Stuart McBride; borne out of a desire to provide our clients with a blend of both professional and quality technical advice, coupled with a considerate and personal service.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Arka’s ethos is to grow in an organic and sustainable manner to ensure that we always have time to personally get to know our clients, and will always strive to service their requirements with the same high level of care and diligence, irrespective of the nature or value of the instruction.

Stuart McBride

Stuart McBride

Stuart became a chartered member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2013 and is a full member of the Association for Project Management.

He has developed a wide range of experience in both Building Consultancy and Project Management across commercial, education, residential and retail property sectors, gained from his time working at large property consultancies in Manchester, London and Leeds.

Jonathan Gobie

Jonathan Gobie

Before co-founding Arka Building Consultants, Jonathan worked as a chartered Building Surveyor for national and international corporate firms.

Extensive experience has been developed from working with all property types including commercial, industrial, retail and residential. Jonathan regularly represents both Landlords and Tenants on dilapidation matters, and has managed projects and due diligence instructions for private clients and institutional investors alike.

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Contact Arka


We pride ourselves on being helpful – if you have any questions about a property or project, please get in touch. Even if we can’t help, we might be able to put you in contact with someone who can.

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Contact Details

General Enquiries
Email: contact@arkaconsultants.co.uk

Stuart McBride
Email: stuart.mcbride@arkaconsultants.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 774 004 0761

Jonathan Gobie
Email: jonathan.gobie@arkaconsultants.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 770 879 9107