The skill in advising on maintenance lies in identifying a defect, assessing its cause, gauging the seriousness of the problems and assessing the likely extent of consequential work.

Building Maintenance

Building Maintenance

One third of the annual expenditure on building works in the UK is devoted to maintenance and refurbishment.

Maintenance falls into two categories: remedial and preventative. The skill in advising on maintenance lies in identifying a defect, assessing its cause, gauging the seriousness of the problems and assessing the likely extent of consequential work if a defect is not attended to immediately.

Maintenance also involves financial management to ensure that adequate provision is made for any works to be carried out and avoid large fluctuations in outgoings. A planned maintenance programme will ensure that a client can make adequate financial provision.

When remedial or maintenance works has been identified, tenders are invited on the basis of drawings and specifications. The works on site are monitored, regular site inspections carried out and stage payments to the contractor certified related to work completed on site.

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A planned maintenance programme will normally require a stock condition survey to assess areas of major expenditure required, defining major repair and general maintenance objectives, negotiating a planned maintenance contract with one or more specialist contractors, agreeing a system for call-outs and priorities and monitoring spending.