Here at MPD Built Environment Consultants Limited, we have extensive experience working across the North of England and the Midlands with a variety of Local Authorities and Housing Associations. With our team consisting of both Chartered Planning & Development Surveyors (MRICS), as well as Chartered Town Planners (MRTPI), we have a strong grasp of financial viability economics, development management issues, and planning policies.
We can also boast strong credentials in dealing with heritage matters with fully accredited Conservation Professionals (IHBC) and Archaeologists (ACIfA) with significant local authority and private practice experience.
As well as a fully accredited Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), who can advise on your build and project manage if required.
We are committed to providing a high quality and cost effective service to existing and new clients. An initial desktop evaluation or site visit is normally undertaken at the outset and from this point we can advise you on the best way forward to realise the development potential of your site. There are often several different planning options and based on your requirements, we can examine these and advise on their feasibility to provide a pathway to success.
Why use a Chartered Town Planning Consultant?
Land is a finite resource and those seeking to achieve the most beneficial use of their land / buildings, need to ensure that proposals for development are promoted in the most effective manner based on solid planning advice.
As Chartered Town Planners we are planning specialist who are regulated by the Royal Town Planning Institute. We have the experience and knowledge of the planning system, to produce informed proposals which comply with both local and national planning policies, whilst meeting the needs and wishes of our clients. Packaging planning applications & planning appeals in a professional and appropriate manner could mean the difference between success and failure. Increasingly other property professionals are now advising their clients to instruct planning consultants at an early stage of the development process, as they are able to advice on the best way of approaching a potential development site.
It is important to ensure you hire the right professional for the right project. Planning is not a protected profession. Anyone, from Architects and surveyors to home improvement companies will claim to offer planning services, but they don’t have the in depth knowledge of the Planning system that a chartered town planner has. By hiring us as chartered town planners you will receive the very best advice, ‘quality assured’ by the Royal Town Planning Institute, the professional body for planning.
As planning consultants we work with our clients, stakeholders and the Local Planning Authority involved in granting planning permission. Our knowledge and expertise will ensure your home improvement, project, or business development gets the support it needs to gain the necessary planning permission. Chartered town planning consultants:
Why use a Chartered Surveyor?
RICS is the world’s leading professional body in land, property and construction and has many specialisms that can help you – whether you own, use or manage a property. Members can deliver their surveying services right through a property’s lifecycle, from acquisition to disposal. So, using a chartered surveyor is very important for your property needs.
Chartered Surveyors are qualified by examination and wide-ranging practical experience. Once membership is attained, members have to observe stringent professional standards of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. These combine to provide a high level of service and efficiency as well as compliance with a strict code of professional conduct.
RICS regulates all of its individual members and firms to maintain the highest standards. It has very strict rules of conduct to ensure complete professionalism so that you’ll receive clear and impartial advice. These rules cover everything from complaints procedures and professional indemnity insurance to client care and continuing professional education.
As an ultimate safeguard, all RICS members are required to carry professional indemnity insurance, which protects the client’s position in the unlikely event of professional negligence.
The advantages of using RICS member firms are:
Why use a Building Conservation Professional?
Working with older buildings and in historic areas calls for a particular set of skills and expertise. Professionals use conservation accreditation to demonstrate their competence. The IHBC is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts working in the UK. The Institute exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all.
Members of the IHBC are required to conduct their professional activities in accordance with the institute’s Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct dictates that IHBC Members should act with competence, honesty and integrity, providing informed professional advice on behalf of the historic environment.
Given the wide range of factors shaping our historic places, not all members of the IHBC will provide the same recommendations under similar circumstances. However, all members are required to be able to inform and justify their advice in line with relevant professional standards.
As a company we work with owners and developers to give historic buildings a future. We understand that sometimes their best chance of survival comes from adapting them to economically viable new uses.
Across England, more than 15,000 listed buildings are at risk or vulnerable to neglect and decay. Many of these offer potential for redevelopment and reinvigoration. They can often be acquired more cheaply than other properties and taking time to understand their potential can give you a competitive advantage. Finding the right one for you will require careful research, but there are ways in which we can help make the process quicker and easier.
Reinvigorating tired and neglected historic buildings can be an exciting and worthwhile challenge. Successfully adapting a historic building to new uses is both challenging and rewarding. It requires an understanding of what is special about it and how it was built. And it involves negotiation with planning officers and conservation specialists about the best ways of restoring the building while retaining its character.
Why use a Chartered Construction Manager?
Organisations Chartered with CIOB are independently assessed and regularly audited. They can demonstrate that they:
Those who have achieved MCIOB or similar have a duty to maintain rigorous standards in all their activities, and this will be reflected in the organisation’s operations as a whole.
To understand the value we can add you only need to watch an episode of Grand Designs to understand the importance of project management. When someone starts a project, and the budget inevitably gets tight, the first cost they cut is the project manager because they think they can do it themselves. But often the owner gets snowed under and loses control of the number and complexity of project tasks. Soon the project is running late and they’ve gone over budget; only then do they realise how important a project manager is to their project.
Cost, quality and time factors drive every project and need the focus of a project manager to maintain the tricky balance between all three. Without their expertise and focus on risk, this balance can go awry and you’ll have to make decisions that compromise your original plans.
A project manager will not only look at the risk of something happening, and suggest mitigation plans, but also look at its potential impact. For example, if you change the specification of a floor tile then how much with this cost? Will the new tiles be the right quality for the amount of foot traffic? And will there be an impact on the project plan because the tiles will take months to arrive?
Every project needs an action plan and a risk register. The action plan should list the multitude of things that need doing during a project, and the risk register should highlight any possible risks and how they are being mitigated. These documents should be live and constantly updated throughout a project. There could be hundreds of actions and a similar number of risks. Is there asbestos in the building? Are there any contamination issues? Are there any health and safety risks? Is the right legal documentation in place? Do the correct warranties exist?
Over the years we have worked with major developers, house-builders, businesses, and individuals who want to extend their properties. We have appeared at public inquiries and informal hearings, as well as preparing numerous written representation appeals and presenting proposals to planning committees. At MPD, we have a clear view of the development process and our strong negotiators are able to forge productive relationships to deliver tangible results for you.
Our staff have experience in urban and rural planning, ranging from the release of greenbelt land for major sustainable urban extensions, to redevelopment of heavily contaminated brownfield urban sites. We have worked on a variety of projects, from small housing extensions, up to major housing sites of several thousand units. Our team also boast experience delivering commercial, industrial, retail, and leisure schemes, as well as the future schools programme. Working with listed buildings and within conservation areas to deliver schemes, has also featured heavily in our previous work.