Peterborough CAB calls on CJ for Advice & Expertise
Carter Jonas’ Commercial, Planning and Architecture & Building Consultancy Divisions came together to help Peterborough’s Citizens Advice Bureau (Peterborough CAB) relocate to high-quality, modern premises, which opened for business on 2 June.
Peterborough CAB had been operating from offices in Park Road in the city for some 25 years. The premises had become unsuitable for offering the kind of modern service the organisation now expects to provide to an everexpanding client base.
The first stage involved Graham Bunnett in our Commercial Team in Peterborough.
He advised Peterborough CAB on the acquisition of offices at 16-17 St Mark’s Street, just 500 metres from the old location. This included the negotiation of a 15-year lease with a rent-free period and break clauses to suit the client’s requirements. Carter Jonas’ Planning Division then secured planning permission for a change of use and worked with the City Council to satisfy its car and cycle parking policies and travel advice for staff and visitors alike.
Our Architecture & Building Consultancy Team in Cambridge, was subsequently instructed to carry out a building survey of the new premises prior to signing the lease, in order to ascertain its condition and provide advice on future repair liability. Then in a project management role, building surveyor Steven Whitby managed the refurbishment and fit-out works of the new premises. Carter Jonas was involved in producing the specification and drawings, obtaining competitive tenders, achieving building control approval, appointing the main contractor and managing the works through to completion.
Through the hard work of all involved, the refurbishment works were completed on time, on budget and to the highest standard, enabling the new premises to open to the public on 2 June as planned. Carter Jonas is now carrying out negotiations on the dilapidations’ liability at the client’s former premises. In acting for Peterborough CAB, the usual pressures of time and budgetary constraints were overcome and consent for change of use was obtained, through teamwork and an eye on the client’s calendar.