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Site Acquisition Services


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Site Acquisition Services

Are you acquiring or disposing of development sites? Are you seeking planning permission in principle for a site? Are you clear from the outset where the risks and rewards lie in any development? Do seemingly good investment opportunities deliver poorer returns than expected?

These issues are often the result of unidentified issues or risks surfacing through the process of acquisition, planning or development. Many of these issues or constraints would have been evident at an early stage with a targeted investigation.

Our engineering desk appraisal service comprises an assessment of available desk information highlighting anticipated civil or structural engineering issues or risks in respect to;

  • site history;
  • mining;
  • foundations;
  • contaminated land;
  • flooding;
  • utilities locations and capacities;
  • topography;
  • general site layout, and
  • access issues.

with a realistic assessment of the actual and potential risks to development identified. Recommendations on targeted further intrusive investigations with an assessed order of importance for each particular site allows future investigations to be undertaken in a cost effective manner targeted to actual or potential constraints.

Where a site is being sold with partial or complete existing information, an independent review of available engineering information can prove invaluable in assessing risk to your development appraisal going forward.

Our service is equally applicable to buyers and sellers of sites. Obtaining an early understanding on whether issues or constraints to development exist provides a firm basis for decision making in assessing the value of the site.

Going beyond the desk appraisal, Pharos Consulting can procure and project manage on your behalf the necessary investigations or work with statutory or regulatory authorities to address issues and constraints.

Our services offer benefits to your land acquisition or disposal strategy through:

  • improving your development success rate;
  • achieving better returns overall from your land acquisitions and disposals;
  • developing a consistent, measurable approach to site appraisals used to assess potential value;
  • identifying technical issues and constraints early in the appraisal process and managing them consistently;
  • ensuring post acquisition work has a clear definition of how value is to be achieved to avoid value destruction;

Let Pharos Consulting help you improve your processes to achieve best value from your land acquisitions or disposals.