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ASPECTUM
CHARTERED BUILDING CONSULTANCY
SERVING THE SOUTH WEST
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THIS IS WHAT WE DO

If you are looking for a chartered builder, structural engineer, surveyor, project manager, architectural designer, building pathologist or damp specialist. then Aspectum can help you.

Making it all make sense

Aspectum Chartered Building Consultancy provides a Full and complete Professional Construction Service to suit your needs, your project and your budget.

Whatever the size or nature of your construction project we will guide you through the process. Whether you require Investigations, ecological improvements, minor refurbishments, a grand design, a factory or a holiday village. We cover all construction types from Heritage and Listed Buildings through to Modern Housing, Industrial Warehousing, Commercial Offices, using traditional construction, Structural Insulated Panels (SIP’s) timber framing and container homes. We can help bring your project to a successful conclusion from inception through Design, specification, tendering and the construction process to completion.

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EXPERT WITNESS & Building Patholgy

Building disputes can arise through a variety routes, but the problems usually result from a defect in the building structure. Aspectum Chartered Building Consultancy specialise in building pathology using traditional and technical methods to investigate and locate structural defects.

CONSERVATION

We can provide practical solutions and advice on all conservation matters affecting our endangered built heritage, providing expert help with preservation and renovation projects

MANAGEMENT OF CONTRACTS

We can assist clients at any stage of their construction works from initial site investigations through specification, design, planning, structural engineering, building regulations, M&E to commisioning and handover.

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BUILDING PATHOLOGISTS

The construction industry suffers from a lack of a skilled workforce.

Many of the unskilled workforce lack knowledge and use inappropriate materials, often producing poor quality buildings.

In our role as building pathologists using 48 years of experience, we can carry out in depth investigation s into building defects and produce reports with detailed explanations and appropriate imagery.

We act as single or joint expert witness in litigation cases and help with construction disputes in a multi-disciplinary role. Covering buildings both Heritage and Historic as well as Modern, Contemporary, Green/Ecological.

WE ARE INDEPENDENT

Aspectum Consultancy is totally Independent. We are not wanting to sell you any products or services other than out expertise and advice.

We act for Home Owners, Insurers, Contractors, Developers, Commercial Property owners, Facilities Managers and more

Covering the whole spectrum of construction from rot, damp, structural failure, flood or fire damage, and poor construction caused by defective material or workmanship.

Our aim is take your problem and provide you with solutions

CONSERVATION & PRESERVATION

We can provide practical solutions and advice on all conservation matters affecting our endangered built heritage, providing expert help with preservation and renovation projects.

Whether you are rescuing crumbling relics, preserving architectural specimens or contemporary buildings, it requires patience, skill, timely intervention, sympathetic design, understanding of the planning process and conservation officers requirements.

We will help you find the right repair or conservation solution and help with applying it to your property, with appropriate skills at the right time, to save on costly mistakes and false starts. We will negotiate with English Heritage and obtain listed building consents.

Why not contact us today with details of your requirements.

EXPERT WITNESS & BUILDING PATHOLOGY

Building disputes can arise through a variety routes, but the problems usually result from a defect in the building structure.

Whether it is a problem that has manifested itself through the course of time or created in a newly constructed building, We bring experience and qualified construction knowledge, using a variety of highly technical as well as traditional methods to uncover the source of the problem. We produce simple or highly detailed reports to suit the client and the reason they require our expertise.

Whether you need a simple defect report to highlight an issue with an insurer, contractor, landlord, tenant or housing association or an opinion from an Expert Witness producing a report for use in a court case to civil procedure rules, we will be happy to consider taking you on as a client.

Aspectum Chartered Building Consultancy offers a completely independent service for all structural defect issues arising from mould and damp right through to complex subsidence and major structural defects.

SUSTAINABLE & ECO CONSTRUCTION

Increasing costs of fuel, global warming and the drive to reduce our carbon footprint and not harm the atmosphere are driving us all to make our buildings Eco-friendly. We are all becoming more aware of the need to improve our existing housing stock and construct new housing to much higher standards than those used in the past.

Ecological construction or green construction as it is commonly referred to, starts with good design that ensures that the building not only requires minimal energy input to the products used in the construction as well as during the construction process, but also whilst living in it and ensuring that thought has gone into the design to reduce the energy that is required to maintain the building in the future.

Sustainable Construction is about developments meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Put simply, making sure future generations have a decent world to live in.

We will be happy to help you through the design and construction process of either your new property, your extension or your upgrading of your existing property to meet higher standards and to make the process as simple, effective and rewarding as possible.

THERMOGRAPHY

Thermographic Surveying (Thermography) is an excellent tool for revealing defects as well as proving excellent performance levels. We construct buildings to keep us warm and dry, but alas, mistakes are made at all levels of the construction process from concept, through design, construction and performance.

The use of Infra Red Photography allows us to visually see and record the levels of comfort we would like to achieve, or the discomfort that we might experience from simple building defects to complex design and construction mistakes. Where once, the only solution was invasive investigation, we are now often able to photograph or video in Infra red areas of whole structures and record information on the patterns, distribution and differences in temperature.

This information can sometimes singularly, but more often in conjunction with other readings , give sufficient information for us to arrive at a conclusion as to the buildings performance levels and/or defects.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT & SELF BUILD

Project ManagementAspectum offer a full Construction Project Management service. Whatever your project, from building conservation, refurbishment, fitting out, major repairs, new builds and Grand Designs, we tailor our project management services to suit each client.

We believe that it is important for the client to be in control of their project at all times. we interpret your requirements and ensure that the site team works to them. We are happy to take on as much responsibility for the project as the client wishes for us to have

We can advise on all requirements from site location, health and safety, which designers, engineers etc. might give you the result you require. Our aim is to solve the problems with solutions to suit your budget.

A typical project will start with a brief which is honed and tweaked. A designer might already be on board, but if not, we can appoint and manage the design process to ensure that the brief is interpreted correctly, or adjusted in consultation with you to satisfy CDM Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

The next part is to produce a cost plan. We might do this for you, use your Quantity Surveyor(s) or appoint a QS firm depending on the size of your project. We endeavour to provide a very tight control over costs and your budget and keep you informed of anticipated over or under spends. Grand designs are all well and good but budgetary controls become more important.
Next we will discuss the best procurement route and prepare the contract documentation for your chosen method of contract with the appointed contractor. Your contractor must have the appropriate expertise and experience, sufficient resources to fund the work, a good track record, appropriately skilled workforce or sub contractors, the ability to supervise their workforce properly and above all, you have to like and trust them.

PARTY WALL SURVEYING

When planning any works to a party wall, boundary wall adjacent to or shared with a neighbour it is important to take note of the Party Wall Act 1996. We have had to assist clients that have started out on the route of construction, not taken note of the act and found that their works have had to be stopped because of complaints from their neighbour. It is important to serve a party wall notice where appropriate on your neighbour in the prescribed manner. We are happy to assist you at whatever level or state of commencement of works to ensure that your building contract runs smoothly.

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Aspectum Chartered Building Consultancy can offer professional advice to you before starting any works. Good advice could save you the upset of a dispute with your neighbour(s), legal expenses and unnecessary build costs caused by design changes and delays to your project.

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CONTACT

 

Trevor Barfoot

Primley Lodge

190 Totnes Road

Paignton

Devon

TQ3 3SB

 

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Chartered Institute Of Building CIOB (MARC)

Chartered Association Building Engineers

45 Years Senior Management Experience

Federation Of Small Businesses