Circle’s experienced building surveying team offers property freeholders, landlords and managing agents comprehensive licence to alter services, managing the licence and permit processes required for leaseholders to carry out alterations. Written formal consent is necessary before leaseholders can proceed, and this documentation is known as a licence to alter. Other permits may be warranted, such those required for the use of cranes during works or heavy/large installations.

For large developments, we initially prepare and publish a tenant’s handbook, setting out the various procedures, design constraints, processes of application and review, and dispute resolution information. We have developed a robust licence workflow process that minimises potential complexities or delays in works, and this is included in the handbook. By this method, a consistent controlled approach is possible, benefitting owners and leaseholders equally.

Our multi-disciplinary technical team undertakes the detailed review of all leaseholder applications, issuing an Information Required Schedule for clarity. The seamless design review process includes pre-start meetings, the preparation of a Schedule of Condition, the issuing of the licence to alter and certification of completion. Our in-house quantity surveyors can provide the amount of damage deposit required and value any damage caused during works. We provide a single point of contact for landlord and tenant representatives.

The Circle team includes professionals from a wide range of industry backgrounds, such as contracting and design consultancy. We have in-depth experience of the building handover process, managing changes proposed by stakeholders, and defects management for large-scale residential developments. For the use of mobile cranes, HIAB loaders or vertical lifting plant, we evaluate logistics, arrange permits, review lift plans and method statements, prepare pre- and post-works condition schedules, and assess any damage caused.

Building surveyor at Chelsea Barracks

A Circle building surveyor supervising a crane lift on site at Chelsea Barracks.