Simon Gould

TrustCapital Australia put their trust in Napier & Blakeley

2 properties joinedIn June 2017, TrustCapital Australia (TCA) engaged Napier & Blakeley to undertake Vendor’s Technical and Environmental Due Diligence relating to their commercial office portfolio.

Within two weeks of instruction we had reviewed all the available documentation, inspected all the properties and provided written feedback on our findings.

We were able to achieve this using our national team of building consultants, services engineers and cost consultants, in conjunction with external environmental consultants from our approved consultants panel.

This early stage reporting provided TCA, and their Facilities Managers, the opportunity to act upon minor items of deferred maintenance and short term future repairs and maintenance needs, to help prepare the properties for sale.

While the repairs were underway Napier & Blakeley completed the final  written reports.

Our reports covered the technical and environmental aspects of the property and risk assessment was facilitated by capital and maintenance forecasts over a ten year period.

Items in our forecasts are categorised by the detailed scope of the instruction along with a probability rating of the likelihood of such events occurring. Continue reading

Napier & Blakeley partakes in Abseil for Youth

1NSW Building Consulting Manager, Simon Gould was pleased to be a part of Investa’s recent Abseil for Youth event in the Sydney CBD.

The event which involves a 135 metre abseil decent off the 33 storey 1 Market Street building was held in support of the Sir David Martin Foundation which raises funds to help young people in crisis. Simon was part of the Core Engineering team which has so far raised over $2,200 for the charity. Fortunately Simon was able to make it back down to the ground safely, although not without a few jittery moments when going over the edge! Continue reading

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

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

NB Sydney races to 6th place – PIF Regatta

Group ShotNapier & Blakeley were pleased to again support The Property Industry Foundation in the Sydney Charity Sailing Cup.  This is a unique opportunity for client entertainment, business networking and relationship building, while making a difference to desperate kids who are doing it tough, by raising money to build a home for homeless young people.

The event was very well supported with well over 85 yachts racing, with 7 of them also being entrants for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.

Beautiful weather and 15 knot winds provided a perfect backdrop for an excellent day of sailing as the 6th place overall is testament.

We raced on ‘Margaret Rintoul V’ which is 61 foot maxi cruising and racing yacht.  After dropping anchor for lunch at the idyllic Manly Cove, it was then practice time – under the professional guidance of our crew, before the start of the race.

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