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Conservation Restoration:

We are RIAS Conservation Accredited and offer a diverse range of services; Conditional Reports and inspections, maintenance of Estate Properties, minor fabric repairs, large scale restoration projects and much more.

Estates:

The maintenance involved when Owning an Estate incorporating multiple buildings, outbuildings and associated items such as garden walls can seem like an overwhelming task. We are able to carry out an overhaul Estate Inspection of your properties and land. Splitting these items into areas of required repair and ongoing maintenance. Any additional ideas you may have regarding alterations/extensions can be taken on board and a Plan put in place to implement these works in a phased process if required. We can offer assistance with the Fabric repair of your buildings, internal upgrade/alterations, extensions or new build elements. We have a wealth of experience dealing with Listed Buildings and the associated Statutory Approvals required.

The range of Conservation and Heritage work we do is wide and varied. This can vary from a small-scale project to large renovation and extension. We can create bespoke designs that work within your existing shell or produce sensitive additional space, as required. We believe each project no matter the size is equally important.

All designs and interventions are focused on what is appropriate to the building. The condition of the existing building is our first focus. Its social, historical, and aesthetic significance is explored, and appropriate solutions created to suit the aspirations of the Client.

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Building Condition Reports & Quinquennial inspections

It can be difficult to understand and determine the condition of your property, we can prepare a Conditional Report which highlights the current condition and any defects noted to the fabric of your building. We lay these reports out in a ‘traffic light’ system to prioritise the works and enable them to be phased if required. Our reports can help you decide if you should buy a traditional property by looking at its condition/fabric, realistic costs for repair and maintenance.

The law may soon be changing as there is currently an action through Parliament to make Sinking Funds (a pension pot for the building), formation of Owners associations and Quinquennial inspections (5 yearly conditional reports) Statutory. It is therefore vital that if you are part of a tenement block that you start to look at your property as a whole, find out its condition and talk to your neighbours with a view to creating a community within your block that will ease the repair and report writing process.

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Grant Funded Projects

We are RIAS Advanced Conservation Accredited which enables our Clients to achieve Grant Funding. We currently have projects on site which are receiving Heritage Lottery Funding, Edinburgh World Heritage Grants and local THi/CARS funding. We can help our Clients to apply for grants and can assist with the process, whilst preparing tender packages required and overseeing the works on site.

Our Clients form part of community groups, charities and social clubs all with a view to enhancing or repairing their existing facilities or helping create new ones.

Individual Property Surveying

We can provide an independent overall Conditional Survey of your property, and list your recommended repairs in order of urgency and phasing to make the process more affordable.

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Multiple Ownership Property Repairs

We can assist you starting the process of repairing/maintaining your tenement block, and help arrange the repairs. Multiple ownership can be a difficult and challenging task to your block, we have years of experience making this easier for you. We can assist with forming Stair Group associations, starting up sinking funds and preparing a Quinqennial inspections that may soon be a Statutory Requirement.

Interior refurbishment & alteration/extension

Whether you own a residential or commercial property we work on existing buildings and know how to adapt them to suit your current requirements. This may be a small flat involving internal alterations or a hotel overhaul, we can create bespoke designs that work within your existing shell and expand out of it as required. All designs and interventions are focused on what is appropriate to the building; its social, historical and aesthetic significance is investigated and appropriate solutions created to suit its current use desires of the Client.

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Building Inspection Report

WHAT WE DO

MILL are regularly appointed to develop Building Inspection Reports for a wide variety of properties. In the first instance an Inspection Report is an excellent way to ascertain the overall condition of your property.
For the majority of grant funded projects an initial report is required by a Conservation Accredited Professional. MILL are RIAS Advanced Conservation Accredited and can assist with starting this process. We can prepare reports for single properties or properties with multiple ownership.

REPORT PROCESS

All elements of the external fabric including roofs, chimneys , gutters and stonework will be assessed and recommendations provided for necessary (if any) remedial works.
Once the report has been prepared, remedial works can be carried out as desired by the Client. MILL can prepare tender packages and oversee the works on site.
Costs for our Reports vary depending on the size and condition of the property and associated defects, and can be tailored to suit the Client’s requirements.
If your property is in need of repair or if you are suffering from water ingress problems MILL can assist by identifying the defect and advising/implementing the repair works required. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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ON SITE

MILL can tailor services to the needs of the Client. Our full services can be provided for larger works to ensure the required standard is maintained and good quality materials are used.
For smaller repairs, services can be reduced to minimise unnecessary costs for the Client.
MILL will always ensure that works are carried out to a competent standard by tradesmen who have the appropriate skills.

COSTS

In order to achieve best value for money it is recommended that costs are provided from at least three Contractors, pricing from a thoroughly prepared tender document. MILL can prepare this tender package and provide guidance to direct the Client to reputable Contractors, ensuring appropriate repair techniques and best practice.
Where works are Grant aided, the involvement of a Conservation Accredited Specialist is obligatory. MILL have an in house, Advanced Conservation Accredited Architect, who can provide this service.

Where to start

Many property owners are unsure of how to start the process of a property repair. By appointing a Conservational Accredited Architect to oversee the works, and relieve the pressure by managing the work, property owners can ensure a successful project.
MILL are Conservation Accredited and can therefore provide advice and recommendations at all stages of the project to ensure the smooth running of any required repairs.

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