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.

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