GLM held its inaugural seminar on the secrets of successful building projects at RICS Headquarters in Edinburgh on Friday, 17 April. The seminar, the first in a series of three, aimed to examine best practices and demystify the early stages of small to medium sized building projects.
GLM Director and conservation accredited building surveyor David Gibbon started the afternoon off with a presentation on the known unknowns. As a building surveyor with over 40 years of experience, David highlighted the importance of doing your due diligence before you purchase a building by taking a great interest in not only the building’s fabric and roof, but its internal services and functionality as well. David raised important concerns about the traditional home report that many buyers rely on and the controversy and scandal caused by Edinburgh City Council in recent years and how that should impact our attitudes when buying and transforming properties.
Following David’s informative presentation, GLM Director of Architecture and chartered architect David Johnson presented on the architectural considerations one must take into account when taking on a building project. David used fascinating case studies from the GLM portfolio to highlight where these projects can often go wrong and how to prepare your timeline and budget for these inevitable pitfalls.
Guest speaker Hazel Brown, financial advisor and Director of Carbon Financial Partners in Edinburgh, brought a wealth of knowledge to the table as she presented on the financial implications one must consider when dealing with property investment using case studies to highlight where some investors have sometimes missed the mark.
The seminar ended with a Q&A session followed by closing remarks from GLM Managing Director and RICS Vice Chairman, Ian McKee, followed by lunch and networking. Thank you to everyone who joined us for an educational and stimulating afternoon at the beautiful RICS headquarters. For those who could not make it, you can find videos of the three presentations on the GLM Youtube page.
Part two of our series will be held this summer (date TBD). If you would like to receive an invitation to this free event, please email Suzanne Dicken to be added to the mailing list. We hope to see you there!