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The engineering and construction industries are surrounded by regulation. It may seem time-consuming and frustrating, especially when resolving matters puts work on hold, but having the correct legalities in place will protect your professional reputation and safeguard the profitability of your projects.

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Michael Chilton

Michael Chilton

Partner

Steve McCombe

Steve McCombe

Partner

ENSURING PROJECT DELIVERY THROUGH EXPERT LEGAL ADVICE

When you have a project to get off the ground, there may be a number of legal permissions you need to secure first. For example, you might need development agreements or building contracts to get started, or warranties to allow work to begin with third parties. Perhaps you are experiencing issues with access to your site or you need to secure agreements with a telecommunications provider to serve your development.

We understand that getting the legalities in place could cause delays for your project, which can have costly implications. Taking a strategic approach, our lawyers will seek the most efficient and cost-effective strategy to meet your aims.

Collaborating closely with our Commercial Property and Planning Teams, we can offer expert tailored advice on a wide range of issues, from contracts to agreements and warranties. Whether you are a developer, lender, corporate occupier, consultant, contractor or owner of a property, our construction and engineering solicitors have the experience, knowledge and skill to negotiate the best possible outcome for you in a time-sensitive way.

Highlights

Members of our Construction and Engineering Team have been involved in a number of high-profile projects. Highlights include:

  • working with a global US law firm to provide UK construction law advice and due diligence in the following cases:
  • acting for two of Sweden’s leading pension funds forming a joint venture with a US pension fund to own and purchase commercial real estate in London (existing buildings and ongoing developments)
  • assisting a US REIT on its £153m acquisition and funding of a UK-based care home business, including development property assets comprising 11 care homes and a development programme for a further 10 sites representing c.£90m of construction works
  • representing an Italian fund acquiring London real estate
  • advising a student accommodation provider on a suite of construction contracts and satisfying lender construction security requirements for six UK student accommodation development schemes in Bristol, Newcastle and Nottingham and three schemes in Cardiff, representing approximately £140m of construction works
  • guiding a water utility company on its AMP6 framework procurement agreements for 2015-2020, based on an NEC form of contract
  • acting for a global telecoms infrastructure provider in negotiating a framework agreement with Vodafone for the building and maintenance of fibre-optic networks supporting its telecommunications business in the UK, incorporating aspects of an amended standard form NEC3 contract
  • assisting developers building brand new hotels on city centre sites with restricted access, preparing and negotiating the full suite of documents, including building contracts, professional appointments and collateral warranties
  • supporting a senior lender on all construction elements for a PFI leisure centre scheme of approximately £30m build costs
  • advising lenders on the suite of construction documents (such as collateral warranties and underlying construction documents) that provide security during the build stage across a range of industrial and residential developments
  • advising a supplier of advanced testing systems to the global motor industry on the construction of a new manufacturing facility
  • guiding corporate occupier clients on fit-out contracts and associated construction agreements for new headquarters, office premises and manufacturing plants, including a £2m fit-out of a client’s global HQ in London

Expertise

We have assisted clients with a range of developments, including:

  • residential: student accommodation, care homes, apartments, houses
  • commercial: office base build and fit-out, mixed-use schemes
  • retail and leisure: shops, hotels and restaurants

Our highly-qualified solicitors’ expertise in the Construction and Engineering fields includes:

Case Studies

Building cranes in the sky

Thrings’s Construction team advised Fusion Students on the £19m refurbishment of Froomsgate House. The project involved converting a former office building into luxury student accommodation in the centre of Bristol.

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News 5 March 2018

Government sets out changes to planning rules

The Prime Minister today set out the Government’s plans to “rewrite the rules on planning" in order to help developers and local authorities build more properties. Thrings solicitor Fred Quartermain reports from the national planning conference in London.

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