Building Consultancy

Building Consultancy

All the services you need under one roof

Our Building Consultancy team provides a wide range of professional and project related services. We offer professional advice and guidance for owners and occupiers of property in commercial, industrial, not for profit, educational and residential sectors.

Our advice is partner led and often provided in conjunction with other departments within the firm to ensure our clients obtain the high quality service expected and get the best of all worlds.

We advise landlords and tenants on dilapidations matters both at lease end and during the term of occupation. In addition we can assist tenants in managing their lease obligations and accounting for their dilapidations liability by carrying out a fully compliant assessment.

If you’re looking to improve, develop, extend or refurbish your property, our experienced team of building surveyors specialise in refurbishment and fit out projects of commercial refurbishment and fit-outs and carry out a range of residential, educational and institutional commissions.

At Daniel Watney we use a combination of qualified designers and building surveyors to provide you with a professional, innovative approach to the design and fitting out of your premises.

Our services include:

Professional Services

  • Pre-acquisition building survey reports and due diligence;
  • Defects analysis, diagnosis and repairs specification;
  • Fire insurance valuations;
  • Planned maintenance programmes including energy efficiency assessments;
  • Party Wall and neighbourly matters advice and;
  • Schedules of condition.

Project Management & Design:

  • Space planning
  • Architectural and interior design
  • Project management
  • Cost consultancy
  • Building contract administration
  • Construction & Design Health & Safety Management (CDM)


James Davis

James Davis


James started his career with University of Cambridge Estate Management and joined Daniel Watney following graduation from Liverpool John Moores University. He qualified with the firm in 1995 and since had roles with HSB Partnership and Lander & Company before starting his own practice in 2000. James rejoined Daniel Watney in 2014 as partner in the Building Consultancy team and undertakes both project and professional work.

He has worked within East Anglia and London acting for a range of investors, private companies and families as well as educational establishments, trade unions, charities and retailers.

He actively sets up and engages in our larger development, refurbishment and fit out projects, often as the lead consultant and project manager within multi-disciplinary design teams. He also oversees our less complex jobs to ensure they are completed effectively by the team.

In addition to project work James provides professional advice to landlords and tenants on dilapidations matters and undertakes building surveys and due diligence for pre-acquisition purposes. He is also a party wall specialist and member of the the Pyramus & Thisbe Club.

James is a member and treasurer of his local cycling club and competes in amateur events throughout the UK and in Europe.

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James started his career with University of Cambridge Estate Management and joined Daniel Watney following ...