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Napier & Blakeley continues to expand in Western Australia

w All joined upAs we enter our 33rd year in business our long association with Western Australian property and development continues, dating back to the foundations of N&B in 1985.

Following the formal opening of a Perth office by Graham Rigby two years ago, we are now pleased to welcome Andy Brunn to the WA team.  Andy, who brings over 14 years of top tier international quantity surveying experience, moved to Perth from the United Arab Emirates 5 years ago.

During the last 5 years he has developed an excellent understanding of the local Perth market based upon his experience in a broad cross section of projects in the region.

Starting his career in the UK in 2003, Andy’s journey to date has seen him working on some of the most prestigious projects in the world whilst delivering exceptional results for his clients.

His experience crosses multiple sectors including corporate real estate, fund monitoring, commercial, retail, aviation, health, government/civil, education and hospitality, where he has been focused on delivering high quality pre and post contract services to developers, end users, financial institutions and contractors/sub-contractors on projects ranging from $500,000 to multiple $billions.

His specialties include cost planning/estimating, value management, financial reporting, payment claims, project management, claims and dispute resolution and procurement.

Andy’s results driven approach along with relationship development ensures that the best possible results are delivered to both client and project outcomes.

We continue to provide a variety of services including :

  • Asset acquisition & disposal due diligence
  • Property depreciation allowances
  • Capital expenditure planning & management
  • Fire insurance reinstatement costs
  • Project and development monitoring
  • Asset efficiency modelling & management
  • Construction cost planning & management
  • Retrofitting planning & management
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Major change to the Commercial Building Disclosure Program is fast approaching on 1st July 2017

shutterstocMelbourne - Australia. 03.08.12Following the announcement made by the Australian Government last year, the mandatory disclosure threshold on commercial office buildings will reduce from 2000 square metres to 1000 square metres starting the 1st July 2017.

From 1st July 2017, this expansion of the CBD program will require most sellers and lessors of office space of 1000 square metres or more to obtain a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) before the building goes on the market for sale, lease or sublease.

BEECs include a Part 1 – the building’s National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy for offices star rating which is valid for 1 year, and a Part 2 – Tenancy Lighting Assessment (TLA) of the relevant area of the building which is now valid for 5 years (since September 2016).
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Important changes to the Commercial Building Disclosure Program

A view of Sydney's skyline from the Royal Botanical Garden. 30.07.12Following a comprehensive review of the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program earlier this year, and public consultation on the proposed changes to the program, the Australian Government announced this week that the mandatory disclosure threshold on commercial office buildings will reduce from 2000 square metres to 1000 square metres starting 1st July 2017.

Importantly, this impending expansion of the regulatory requirements of the CBD program to include additional commercial office buildings, also comes with the announcement of reducing the regulatory requirements for the Tenancy Lighting Assessment (TLA) component by increasing the TLA validity period from 1 to 5 years from 1st September 2016. Continue reading

Capex Planning Makes Property More Valuable

If you’re an Owner or Manager of commercial property you may well now be planning budgets and setting targets for the year ahead and beyond.

There are a number of questions to be answered:

  • What needs to be repaired, replaced or improved?
  • What are the priorities?
  • When does it need to be done?
  • What could safely be deferred?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What will be the return?

Napier & Blakeley can help answer all of these questions and more. Our expertise extends beyond Services Engineers, Building Consultants and Quantity Surveyors who have current cost information to produce cost estimates and property tax depreciation reporting aligned to the commercial goals of your business and intentions for the property.

Spending money is not all bad news:

  • Needs can be prioritised.
  • Cash flow can be improved through capital allowances and tax depreciation.
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North Sydney’s Jilly Gibson pitching for EUAs, Nightlife & Art

North Sydney has thrown down the gauntlet to its big sister over the bridge. It’s pitching to be part of
the annual Vivid LIVE festival in May and early June. It wants better nightlife and it’s already renamed
a plaza after one of its favourite sons: artist Brett Whiteley.

According to newly elected Mayor Jilly Gibson, North Sydney may soon also have a spate of upgraded and more valuable commercial buildings, thanks to the city’s embrace of the Environmental Upgrade Agreement finance schemes.  It wants to have EUA exemplar projects up and running by the end of
this year.

The schemes, which finance environmental upgrades to buildings through energy savings, with repayments managed through charges on local council rates, are spreading rapidly through New South Wales’ local government councils. The City of Sydney launched its first EUA recently with a $26.5 million commitment at the Frasers Property-Sekisui House development at Central Park, Broadway. Parramatta City Council is on board; so is Lake Macquarie and now, North Sydney. Soon joining the program will be Newcastle, Penrith and Wollongong councils. Continue reading

A 6 Star Retrofit, or a 2 star makeover? Napier & Blakeley can guide you through the process

Setting the benchmark for Sustainable Property Solutions

Do you want to :

Reduce your energy costs and green house gas emissions by up to 70% ?

Take your building “off the electricity grid” ?

Upgrade your 25+ year old building to 6 Star NABERS energy rating ?

Cause no disruption to the tenants during the upgrade ?

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Project Monitoring With Continued Due Diligence

With the complexity and size of current new developments as well as their varying funding & delivery arrangements, our National Building Consulting team is undertaking an increasing number of Project Monitoring commissions for a variety of clients.

We are seeing a current trend of acquisitions of development property from international investors partnering with local developers – and more lately, from local property companies and superannuation funds. This is coupled with major corporates wanting anchor tenancies in new developments.

Project Monitoring is distinct from both Project Management and Construction Monitoring. Its primary role is to protect the Client’s interests by identifying and advising on the risks associated with acquiring an interest in a development that is not under the client’s direct control.

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Are you managing your Energy Reporting Risk ? As come November the Penalties are harsh !

Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) is a national program designed to improve the energy efficiency of Australia’s large office buildings.

Transitional Provisions Ending this Year

The current transitional provisions of the CBD program that require only a NABERS base building energy rating to be disclosed will end on 31 October 2011, with full mandatory disclosure requirements commencing on 1 November 2011.

From 1 November 2011, the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 (BEED Act) requires corporations selling, leasing or subleasing certain large (>2000sqm) office spaces to register a full Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC), not just a NABERS rating.
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Muscle up and wrestle your tax back…

It’s here again, the end of the financial year, a time for collating all of the financial happenings over the past 12 months and thinking about new beginnings from 1st July.  Or as is the case for many in the property industry, preparing accounts and reports for share holders, as it is just the beginning of the reporting period.

Napier & Blakeley are the original experts in property depreciation deductions – we will make sure that you do muscle up and receive the maximum benefits available to you through depreciation and capital allowances.  Our experience is second to none in the market place and our track record speaks for itself.  So let us wrestle on your behalf.

It’s at this time every year that we provide an update of the legislative goings on in the accounting area of property depreciation and over the past 12 months there have been a few. Continue reading

Buyers Beware… Investigate or Reach for your Wallet

In the last year Napier & Blakeley have undertaken more than 100 physical due diligence and capital expenditure forecast exercises with a combined value in excess of $10billion.

It’s rare to find nothing that would be considered problematic for an incoming owner, but the last few years there have been a few issues that have become commonplace through either lack of ongoing investment and maintenance or as a result of new market legislation.

The GFC brought substantial financial constraints to the entire economy but for property owners it brought pressures through loan to value ratios (LVR’s), reductions in value and rental income. This created a catch 22 situation where many knew they had to keep maintaining and spending capital to keep their assets compliant, relevant and therefore rentable, but were unable to directly fund or borrow funds to do so.

We recently re-analysed an asset that we had prepared due diligence and capex forecasts for a few years ago, and the list of items that we identified in our initial report were almost completely the same as now. Nothing had been fixed, maintained or repositioned. So, many years down the track the asset has fallen deeper into redundancy and therefore costs more to rectify. Continue reading