Case Study: Edinburgh City Centre
We were consulted by the owners of a tenement in Stockbridge. A Statutory Notice had been issued relating to loose stonework but the owners did not want the Council to step in and do the work. As a first step we undertook a survey of the roofs and elevations. We identified, reassuringly, that the roof coverings still had an adequate remaining life. The stonework was, however, a problem. Conventionally the necessary repairs, as part of a Statutory Notice repair scheme would have resulted in a bill for the owners of between £150K and £200K. However we discussed the options and agreed on a strategy that would make the building safe and arrest the decay and this was done, following a competitive tendering exercise at a cost of about £50K. The downside, as we warned in advance, was that this would leave the building looking rather worn which might be off-putting to future purchasers. However the feeling amongst the owners was that they would prefer to revisit this work a few years down the line and that is what they are doing now.