Articles and Topical Issues
Health Building Note (HBN 11) the definitive guide to the specification requirements of NHS surgeries is being revised. The Forum membership has been invited by NHS England to comment on the revisions. To allow members to consider this, the draft amendments are on the members page alongside a guide on how any comments should be co-ordinated. Fast action is required as the deadline is the 21st July 2020.
NHS Resolution strengthen their procedures
NHS Resolution have strengthened their procedural requirements for parties and their advisers submitting cases to them for dispute resolution. This is of particular importance to valuers acting on behalf of GPs appealing against their Notional Rent reimbursement or District Valuers representing the NHS in defending such appeals. Click here to read the full article.
DV/VOA property inspections update statement – 7th August 2020
“We have restarted property inspections for domestic and non-domestic properties. We will only carry out a physical inspection if it is safe to do so and we cannot gather the information we need electronically. We will contact customers beforehand to run through a risk assessment and ensure the inspection is carried out as safely as possible for our customers and the inspector. We will also follow social distancing guidelines and other safety measures throughout the appointment.” Click here to read full news article
PCPF Members continue to follow HMG/RICS Guidance re. Covid-19 and site visits
Following guidance provided from RICS and HMG, in regard to preparing for, and protecting all concerned from, the risk of infection by Covid-19 coronavirus, the PCPF has drafted risk assessment advice for its members consideration prior to undertaking site visits within the healthcare sector.
In line with recent UK government guidance, professionals and firms must ensure that the risk assessment for the business and premises they are visiting or inspecting addresses the risks around COVID-19. Members can login to read the full article
The NHS has issued advice in respect of DV services a copy can be found here
Surveyor and valuer members may be able to provide full valuations under the Red Book using the new relaxed guidance issued by the RICS. This allows a surveyor to base a valuation on a virtual inspection which could mean all of or a combination of a recent sales brochure, a building survey, video tour or previous inspection report on the property. If the valuer/surveyor does not feel they have sufficient information on the internal elements of the property they will delay or decline as appropriate until an inspection can be safely completed as advised above.” Click here to read full article
- The denial of Capital Allowances for ETTF funded surgery projects – Click here to read article
- Savills Global Market Sentiment Survey – Global transaction volumes falling, but occupier terms favourable – Click here to read article
- BMA demands premises investment to improve 1,000 GP practices – Click here to read article