Quantity Surveyors

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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CAREERS AT NAPIER & BLAKELEY

People at Napier & Blakeley enjoy being empowered to run their own projects, with direct client interaction and capacity to plan their days and weeks ahead.

Our people are supported by directors and colleagues who are leaders in their fields, who are happy to pass on their wisdom, to ensure all members of the group can continue to learn and develop.

Each Napier & Blakeley office provides a comfortable work environment located in a vibrant part of each CBD. 

Quarterly lunches and other social/sporting activities are enjoyed by all and help us get to know each other.

We always welcome interest from new people from graduate level to Senior Professionals and welcome expressions of interest from suitably qualified people. 

•  Chartered Building Surveyors 
•  Building Consultants 
•  Quantity Surveyors 
•  Project Managers 
•  Environmental Consultants 
•  Property Tax Quantity Surveyors
•  Employment Opportunities

If you think Napier & Blakeley may provide you with the place you would like to be, please forward us a copy of your CV or enquiry to recruitment@napierblakeley.com

Property Tax Profiling

Over the last 30 years or so the quantity surveying industry has waxed lyrical about all things property tax deduction related, the most recent being property tax profiling. 

Obviously, quantity surveyors would like to think as an industry we’ve added some value and therefore made a very positive difference to our clients after tax bottom-line. 

We have sliced and diced property tax every possible way, providing the platform for balance and maximum return from your property investments and we’ve also tried to address the perception that you can’t afford it. An affordability study needs to address a variety of property information to provide a balanced view of how your asset might perform over a period of time and how you can influence that performance.  Continue reading

Property Reinstatement Cost Assessments – Are your property assets correctly insured ?

Construction costs are subject to constant change, so if you are insured are you confident that you are not either under or over insured in a changing cost market?

Quantity Surveyors are the only construction cost trained professionals that can make sure your assets have the appropriate insurance replacement cost cover.

A Quantity Surveyors purpose is to predict and manage construction costs. They are specifically trained to do so and they don’t value, they don’t build, they don’t design, they don’t buy and sell property. They are independent and professional consultants.

So here’s a quick list of Property Reinstatement Cost Assessments do’s and don’ts : Continue reading

Queensland Emergency Operations Centre

Napier & Blakeley are just completing their role as Quantity Surveyors on the new QEOC building at Kedron Park in Brisbane.

This world-class communications centre, the largest emergency operations centre in the southern hemisphere, enables best practice strategic response and planning for daily emergencies and incidents and coordinated disaster management for the Queensland Government.

The building was centre of attention in the recent South East Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi as it became the broadcast facility for regular bulletins by State Premier Anna Bligh and Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The 14,500 m2 building uses green technology throughout and the project is designed to achieve a 5-star Green Star rating. Sustainable features include full water recycling, rainwater harvesting, low-energy lighting and on-site power generation. Information and communication technology forms a major part of the project and is one of the key elements in it achieving “world class facility” status. Continue reading

Protecting Your Assets by Making Good

Under typical lease arrangements the tenant is responsible for repairs and maintenance to a specified condition during the lease term and for returning the property to a defined condition at expiry.

This should not be underestimated. In terms of commercial office property, lease end Make Good can equate to 75 to 120% of the rent per square metre and more under certain circumstances.

If left to the uninitiated a lack of repairs and maintenance will lead to reduced life expectancies of the building’s elements, plant and equipment – and in turn, premature capital expenditure for the replacement of such items.

This often leads to conflict and disputes which can complicate the tenant’s relocation or the landlord’s re-letting of the premises. In some instances this can also legitimately allow the landlord to claim loss of rent, rates and other associated losses which can be significant. Continue reading