Rob Howells

Building Developers and Owners are Being Sandwiched

3 joined up claddingCosts, Risks and Returns are being impacted by uncertainty around the future acceptability of Aluminium Composite Cladding Panels (ACP).

Since the Lacrosse Apartment building fire in 2014 and the tragic Grenfell Tower fire of 2017, there are still more questions relating to the use of flammable ACP than answers.

Industry, governing bodies, financiers, building owners and occupiers, are yet to really understand their options.

  • Will the import and use of flammable ACP in Australia be banned? – one of the suggestions made by the Senate’s interim enquiry report.
  • Will the National Construction Code and Building Regulations be revised to require increased fire safety around the use of ACP? – as suggested by the current draft amendment out for public comment.
  • Will the ‘grey area’ of whether the ACP is an attachment or part of an external wall be confirmed?
  • Will Government required audits lead to large scale removal of flammable ACP and replacement with compliant materials?
  • Will insurers carve out flammable ACP from insurance policies?  Will premiums increase?
  • Is the reputation of ACP tarnished so much so that developers and architects turn their back on the material – as recently reported by Uniting Communities with their U City development in Adelaide? Continue reading

Napier & Blakeley bolsters its Transaction Advisory team

Nicolas Paul

NAPIER & Blakeley has strengthened its transaction advisory team with two appointments.

Paul Pegram has been appointed senior building consultant and Nicolas Mules as building consultant.

Both bring international experience and have relocated from New Zealand, they will be based in Napier & Blakeley’s Sydney office.

Pegram qualified as an RICS Chartered Building Surveyor in 2010 and is experienced in technical due diligence, defects analysis, capital expenditure planning and project management.

Mules has a background in regulatory compliance and building consulting. He is currently studying at Masters level and is also working towards full RICS membership.

“Paul and Nic are both originally from the UK and have international expertise providing asset advisory services to property and development clients,” national director Rob Howells said.

“They both strengthen our capability to serve clients locally as well as clients with trans-tasman interests and property portfolios,” Howells said.

The two additions follow the appointment of Andy Brunn to Napier & Blakeley’s Western Australian team last month.

Brunn brings over 14 years of top tier international quantity surveying experience. He moved to Perth from the United Arab Emirates five years ago.

Australia Property Journal
1 August 2017

Technical Due Diligence and ESG

Capture 2Napier & Blakeley’s expertise in asset and development advisory provides an integrated approach to achieve the best results for sustainable property outcomes.

Our quantity surveyors, building consultants and engineers can plan and price works associated with improving the ESG performance of a building.

Sustainable investments achieve long-term financial growth where risks and opportunities are identified and managed through environmental, social and corporate governance or ESG.

Technical Due Diligence is a perfect tool to facilitate good property transactions, to initiate asset management and   to achieve investment goals.

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Developing Property to be Operations Ready

ready to goThe origins of ‘Operations Ready’ go back in time and relate to the military being ready to engage.

Property companies are turning to military like tactics to ensure property developments achieve the best possible performance at completion – and are mission ready for operations.

Whether property companies develop their own property or portfolios, procure by contracting or through  property acquisitions, they tell us of the challenges of navigating handover – through transition from construction to ‘taking ownership’ of the property – and the ongoing management requirements. Continue reading

Project Advisory

We provide project advisory services to institutional and non-institutional owners, corporate occupiers and financiers, of all investment property types, as well as healthcare, aged care and residential.

With a market leading brand, now in our 31st year of business, we have a unique reputation of gaining a deep understanding of our client’s business and industry so that project needs and outcomes can be strategically aligned to business plan objectives and to demonstrate return on investment.

Our project advisory services are provided by industry leading experts and from a multidisciplinary perspective extending beyond project advisors, development managers, building consultants, services engineers and energy efficiency specialists through to quantity surveyors who provide cost certainty and tax depreciation specialists who ensure projects benefit from a cash flow perspective. Continue reading

Technical Due Diligence

Consistency, Clarity and Efficiency

Napier & Blakeley Due Diligence Reports are accepted by institutional grade investors – including REITS, super funds, sovereign funds, family offices, financiers and private equity globally.

We’re the market leader in the provision of Technical Due Diligence, demonstrated by the fact we’re involved in about 75% of all significant commercial property transactions to occur in Australia.

The key here is that a Napier & Blakeley Report is acceptable to all parties to a transaction.

Independence, Value, Risk Management and Upside

A Napier & Blakeley Due Diligence Report provides value to investors and their financiers as we are truly independent from the transaction, management or valuation of an asset.

We focus only on those financial matters, short to long term, material to the investment decision. Risk Management is facilitated by the allocation of probability of events occurring against their possible cost implications. This provides for a risk weighted expenditure forecast. Continue reading

Are Triple Net Lease Property Investments Risk Free?

Many property investors believe that triple net leased property investments make for good, safe, passive investments.

This can be the case, but there can also be serious financial consequences should they not be managed properly.

Triple net leases differ from traditional leases in that the tenant is generally responsible for all of the operating expenses including repairs, maintenance and life cycle capital expenditure – a new roof, air conditioning system, lifts, and the like.

However, there are risks to be aware of with such property. Triple net lease investments are often single tenanted properties, perhaps with a special purpose or use.

The commercial stability of the tenant is of course fundamental in any investment, but in a triple net lease are they also going to:

  • Take a proactive and planned approach to managing the asset?
  • Keep on top of property maintenance and life cycle repairs and replacements?
  • Fully understand what their obligations are?
  • Know how to live up to and manage their end of the bargain? Continue reading

‘Make Good’ Planning Makes Good Sense For Leased Property

Fortunately, only a few Make Good disputes end up in the Courts. However, the potential for protracted arguments is on the rise.

Some of the drivers include:

  • Changing conditions in the resources sector seeing engineering firms and the like, downsize;
  • Large corporates relocating to new developments;
  • An increasing demand for smaller spaces generally, through improved efficiencies and flexible work environments.

When it comes to handing back tenancy space the Lessee will need to comply with obligations to ‘yield up’. This is typically where the arguments start. Differences of opinion in who owns what; what work needs to be done to return the property to a condition ‘as at commencement’; whether current condition falls under the exception of ‘fair wear and tear’; and whether the extent of partial repair requires full replacement – to mention a few.

Disputes that run beyond the lease term are settled by ‘damages’ – a financial settlement following a claim. These not only include the costs associated with the physical works (typically $200 – $300/sqm for offices) but also legal costs, loss of rent and outgoings.

The good news is that such arguments (and additional costs) can be avoided – through good planning. 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.
  • Valuations can be improved. Continue reading

Napier & Blakeley strengthens team

115041 N&B_Trans&Advis icon_Medium_BNAPIER & Blakeley has bolstered its Transaction Advisory team with the appointment of Kate Rickards.

Rickards has been appointed senior consultant within the N&B’s Transaction Advisory team and will be based in the Melbourne office.

Rickards’ previous roles have been at AECOM, Philip Chun and Abigroup.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Kate on board,” National director Rob Howells said.

“With a background in mechanical services design, regulatory compliance and tendering and estimating, Kate makes for an excellent due diligence consultant in our expanding business.” Howells concluded.

Property Review Australia
14 May 2015