Local Authorities

We have considerable experience of working for Local Authority Clients on a variety of projects across the country including the delivering of new build, extensions and major alterations involving primary and secondary schools, libraries, housing schemes, offices, road and drainage schemes, etc. We therefore understand the ever increasing pressures that Local Authority Officers are under to deliver quality, exemplar projects within the ever tighter timescales and budgetary constraints being placed on their Capital Works programmes.

Most Local Authorities are landowners with multiple parcels of land or disused buildings on their own plots which can become more of a liability in their vacant state. These assets can be sold or re-developed in-house but which are the ones that should be developed first and how to get best value for those being sold. All potential development sites carry abnormal risks which means that either the LA will spend more than usual in developing the site themselves or they will effectively reduce the land value if it is being sold. with the purchaser deducting the cost of all potential risks from the land value he would have otherwise paid. Typical examples of such abnormal site risks include:

  • Contamination in the ground to be removed
  • Weak ground requiring piled foundations
  • Inadequate mains services in the area needing to be improved
  • Poor vehicular access onto the site requiring additional highway works
  • Proximity to a watercourse or flood area with associated preventive measures costs
  • No foul drainage capacity in the area hence needing to be provided from a distance
  • Above ground or buried services crossing the site needing to be diverted
  • Risk of previous mining having been undertaken beneath the site

In order to help Local Authorities get best value from their land bank we have developed our Preliminary Site Assessment (PSA) service which is predominantly based on the Due Diligence work we provide developers bidding for new sites. We will provide a comprehensive report which assesses the potential risk from all of the above, plus others, and goes on to provide recommendations on how best to deal with them as cost effectively as possible.

< Who Can We Help

Latest News View all

Cambria Day Out at the Darts

The Cambria darts posse were out on the town for the Unibet Champions League of Darts on the 17th September. The theme was heroes and villains and we were all blown away by… Read more »

Bristol Office gets a makeover!

Finally, the signage has been installed in our Bristol office – looking pretty good over there guys.

Famous Visitor to the Cardiff Office

Lee Byrne popped into the Cardiff office to discuss a project. Trish, of course, wouldn’t let him leave until he agreed to a photo. We have one very happy practice secretary!  

Our Bristol Office is Recruiting!

We are looking for a Associate Structural Engineer for our fast growing Bristol office. Details as per attachment below. Associate Structural Engineer    

Cambria join the Concrete Society Committee!

Our Practice Secretary Trish Michael has been a proactive member of Women in Property for several years and has earned a bit of a reputation in the industry for getting things done.   In… Read more »

Cambria’s help on Charity Treehouse Project

Cambria Consulting have designed a children’s playground area/treehouse on the site of the newly built Ronald McDonald House at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. The treehouse was designed with Austin-Smith:Lord Architects as part… Read more »

Cambria attend CEW Awards 2017

Cambria were once again delighted to attend the CEW Awards on 7 July 2017, held at the Celtic Manor and hosted by Jason Mohammad. In 2016, we were there as one of the… Read more »

FBE Great Western Annual Golf Event

  Our Directors Gary Mitchell and Mark Gould were delighted to represent Cambria Consulting at the FBE Great Western Annual Golf Event on the 6th July 2017. Their team came out on top… Read more »