Building repairs and refurbishment are required on many occasions by either landlord or tenants, usually to improve the facilities for the occupying party, or simply to ensure the building is returned in the condition it should be under the terms of the lease.

In either scenario, it is recommended that professional advice be sought to prepare a detailed specification of works, so as to ensure that correct materials are used, correct workmanship is adopted and that any refurbishment works are in line with current statutory requirements. It is often the case that Building Regulation Approval is required, and in some instances Planning Permission, Conservation Area Consent and Listed Building Consent are necessary.

Whether it is the refurbishment of offices, industrial units or retail areas, the principles are the same. Early advice and a good specification, with detailed drawings, will ensure your project is delivered on time, within budget and to the correct quality.

You may be considering future works and may simply wish to have a feasibility study undertaken to advise you of likely costs, construction periods, and statutory requirements that need to be obtained to allow you to firm up your own thoughts. Feasibility studies can be prepared on your behalf to assist you in taking your planned scheme to the next stage.


Not all refurbishments projects require drawings, sometimes, a good, detailed specification and schedule of works will suffice. However, often some existing and proposed plans will be necessary.

At Smith Marston Ltd, we have dedicated staff who can prepare all our Autocad drawings in house. We also have the some mobile technology that lets us measure existing buildings via handheld tablets that link with handheld bluetooth laser disto measures.

This allows us to prepare very accurate floor plans very quickly, using only one surveyor. There is no need for us to return to the office and begin ‘drawing up’ hand written notes. This means we can produce accurate drawings very quickly, to allow us to get to work on the fun part – your proposals!

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