Services | Carless & Adams Partnership



Carless & Adams Partnership undertakes all aspects of architectural commissions with our dedicated team of experienced architects and technologists.

We are guided in everything we do by quality of design, best practice, contemporary thinking and quality management.

Our services are tailored to meet our clients’ needs – from feasibility studies to full design and project management, whether a traditional or design & build contract. We offer a comprehensive service or individual areas of expertise.

A comprehensive service will include concept and detailed design, preparing the Planning Application, Building Regulations application, Construction drawings, specifications, design coordination, tender action and contract administration.

Our experience includes projects in the following sectors:

  • Care for the Elderly
  • Healthcare
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Leisure
  • Hotels
  • Industrial

Over recent years we have developed a recognised specialism in the design of accommodation for the elderly and others with care needs. The range of our projects includes:

  • Residential Care and Nursing Homes
  • Extra Care Housing
  • Design for Dementia
  • Day Care Centres
  • Assisted Living and Elderly Persons Housing
  • Learning Disability Homes

We work closely with care home operators to create bespoke solutions and designs to meet their requirements and budgets. We are fully conversant with the relevant legislation, the requirements of the Care Quality Commission and the latest thinking in the design of care. We understand the unique and challenging environment that care for the elderly presents and respond to this with skill and professionalism to create individual solutions and designs for every project.

All projects are personally overseen by a Partner or Partnership Associate, who bring their experience to bear on the overall project as well as identifying and solving any issues and ensuring optimised delivery, cost control and customer satisfaction. As a small, inter-disciplinary practice we provide a flexible and cost effective service throughout the project.

Quantity Surveying

Carless & Adams Partnerships Quantity Surveying Service ensures highly effective cost advice, financial control and contract management. Effective cost advice is a vital component in all construction projects from feasibility studies and budget estimates to cost control and final cost assessments. Our Quantity Surveyors are dedicated and highly skilled in all aspects of construction economics and our Services are designed to provide financial control, contract management and certainty to the project to ensure that maximum value for money is achieved with no surprises.

Carless & Adams Partnership cost manage the entire building process adopting a proactive cost planning approach and our considerable expertise in the identification, analysis and management of construction risk maximises efficiency in all projects.

All of our projects are supervised by a Partner of our owner-managed business with a passion to exceed Client’s expectations. As a customer orientated practice we focus on the relevant issues and client priorities and provide a quality, flexible and cost effective service from inception through to completion and beyond on every project.

Regulated by the RICS, the worldwide badge of quality, Carless & Adams Partnerships’ Chartered Quantity Surveyors are recognised as the ‘gold standard’ in property expertise.

  • Cost Advice and Financial Control
  • Risk Management
  • Value Engineering
  • Feasibility studies
  • Development Appraisals
  • Contract Procurement Advice
  • Budget Estimating
  • Cost Planning
  • Contract Management
  • Monitoring Surveyor
  • Employer’s Agent
  • Cash Flow Forecasting
  • Whole Life Costing
  • Tendering
  • Valuation of Works
  • Cost Monitoring
  • Contract and Dispute Resolution

Building Surveying

Carless & Adams Partnership is experienced in all aspects of building surveying and we excel in providing clients with a professional, timely and personal service. Based in Slough, we work with a wide range of clients across a number of property sectors including Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare and Private Residential.

One of Carless & Adams Partnership’s main strengths is our ability to offer a flexible approach to suit Clients requirements – in the main due to Carless & Adams Partnerships structure as an inter-disciplinary practice. By pooling our expertise in a wide variety of construction industry disciplines we are able to offer our Clients a ‘one stop shop’, adding value to your project.

Our range of Building Surveying services is diverse and can be tailored to suit your particular needs, often including services such as:

  • Building Surveys (formerly known as Structural Surveys)
  • Acquisition Surveys
  • Area & Space Measurement; such as Net Internal, Gross Internal & Gross External Areas
  • Measured Surveys and preparation of AutoCAD drawings
  • Dilapidations (Landlord & Tennant)
  • Schedules of Condition
  • Alterations and Extensions
  • Planning Consent
  • Building Regulations Approvals
  • Design & Specification
  • Preparing and administering Building Contracts

Carless & Adams Partnership works with Clients both nationally and within the Thames Valley area, with projects completed in Slough, Burnham, Beaconsfield, Windsor, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Bracknell and Ascot.

Project Management

Carless and Adams Partnership are a specialist construction consultancy providing customised project delivery including advice on procurement and risk transfer to deliver projects of the right quality and functional standards within programme and budget.

Our Project Managers are skilled, experienced and effective in co-ordinating the entire project, balancing costs, risks, quality and deadlines in order to facilitate best value relative to the client’s business needs and keeping them closely informed.

We utilise our business and technical skills to lead the project team on the client’s behalf, prioritise the client’s requirements and protect their interests. We promote effective communication and co-operation within the project team.

Carless & Adams Partnership’s reputation for providing value added solutions for construction clients has been gained from an effective ‘can do’, hands-on management approach, and a detailed understanding and appreciation of the complex issues involved in design, cost, risk and delivery of construction projects. Our approach is flexible, friendly and dedicated to producing successful outcomes.

A flexible and unique approach gives us the ability to develop a range of project management procedures, techniques and systems tailored to specific client and project requirements. Our extensive experience combined with strictly controlled quality management systems guarantees client satisfaction on all our projects.

We are specialists in the identification, analysis and management of construction risk, contract procedures, programme and procurement management.

Personal supervision of all projects by a Partner of our owner managed business who is passionate, dedicated and committed ensures we can deliver projects within the clients brief. As a customer orientated practice Carless & Adams Partnership focus on the relevant issues and client priorities and provide a quality, flexible and cost effective service from inception through to completion and beyond on every project.

  • Client/Project Brief Development
  • Value Management
  • Team Leadership and co-ordination
  • Consultant Procurement and team briefing
  • Project co-ordination
  • Procurement Management
  • Risk Management
  • Site selection and Development Appraisals
  • Feasibility studies
  • Advice on conceptual designs
  • Programme Management
  • Site investigations and evaluation
  • Site survey procurement
  • Client reports and liaison
  • Employers Agent
  • Clients Representative
  • Funding Reports
  • Cost Advice and Control
  • Contract Administration
  • Monitoring construction works
  • Monitoring defects liability and maintenance provisions

CDM Advisor

Carless & Adams Partnership are expert in providing independent advice and guidance on compliance with the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015; offering Principal Designer services and acting as CDM Advisors to Clients, Designers and Contractors.

Carless & Adams Partnership are corporate and individually Registered Members of the Association for Project Safety and have successfully completed over 900 projects.

Our vast experience encompasses a wide variety of projects across all sectors ranging from £100,000 to £40 million. Our dedicated and experienced Principal Designers and CDM Advisors offer a pragmatic and helpful approach by assisting the design and construction team to comply with all requirements of health and safety legislation.

As a customer orientated practice we focus on the relevant issues and client priorities and provide a quality, flexible and cost effective service from inception through to completion and beyond on every project.

  • Advising Clients, designers and contractors of their duties under the CDM Regulations
  • Principal Designer services
  • Co-ordination of all aspects of health and safety relative to the CDM Regulations
  • Liaison and reporting to the Health & Safety Executive
  • Advice on suitability and competency of Designers and Principal Contractors
  • Production of the Pre Construction Information Pack
  • Managing the flow of information
  • Advising the client on the adequacy of the management arrangements
  • Co-ordinating design work
  • Ensuring that a suitable Health & Safety Plan is developed prior to construction work commencing
  • Production of the Health & Safety File
  • Monitoring construction works
  • Client reports and liaison

Party Wall Advice

Carless & Adams Partnership provides expert party wall advice for all party wall matters, acting for both building owners and adjoining owners of residential and commercial property. We are able to offer advice to a wide range of private and public sector property owners including developers, local authorities and housing associations.

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996, applicable throughout England and Wales, is an enabling Act which allows legitimate works to proceed. The Act helps to safeguard the interests of the building owner and adjoining owner whilst construction work is in progress. The Act also provides a framework for preventing or resolving disputes that potentially could arise between the building owner and adjoining owner in relation to such construction works. The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 places a legal duty upon any building owner proposing works that are covered by the Act, to notify the adjoining owner(s) of their intentions. Depending on the type of work being carried out, the notice must be served at least one month or two months prior to the date the proposed works are due to commence.

Carless and Adams Partnership are able to advise appointing owners through the process and assist in the preparation of formal documentation to enable works to proceed.

For building owners intending to carry out construction works covered by the Act, as the appointed building owner surveyor, Carless & Adams Partnership can:

  • Review proposed works and help you identify which neighbouring properties fall within the scope of the Act.
  • Serve the relevant party wall notices on all adjoining owners (for the purpose of the Act, anyone who has a legal interest in the property of more than 12 months).
  • Liaise with the adjoining owner(s) and/or the adjoining owner surveyor(s).
  • Prepare and agree the party wall award. Serve the party wall award on the building owner.
  • Undertake a survey of the adjoining owner(s) property and produce a Schedule of Condition to be appended to the party wall award.

For adjoining owners whose neighbours are proposing to carry out construction works covered by the Act, as the appointed adjoining owner surveyor, Carless & Adams Partnership can:

  • Advise the adjoining owner of their rights under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
  • Review and confirm that the served party wall notices are valid.
  • Liaise with the building owner surveyor.
  • Prepare and agree the party wall award. Serve the party wall award on the adjoining owner.
  • Undertake a survey of the adjoining owner’s property and produce a Schedule of Condition to be appended to the party wall award.
  • Identify any damage, if applicable, on completion of the construction works.
  • Note: under the Act, the building owner is required to pay professional fees on behalf of the adjoining owner.

Carless & Adams Partnership are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors. For an  initial consultation or to get the party wall process underway immediately, call our Building Surveying department now on 01628 665131.