Management and Consultancy: Professional Services
Estate and Farm Management
King West are fortunate to be retained by clients across the East Midlands and wider afield. These include those for whom head of department Rupert West has acted since the early 1980s; together with other clients who have joined us more recently. Mike Holland and Henry Spencer between them have acted for a number of mainly private and trustee clients for a combined period of over 20 years.
Our Estate Management activities include strategic and day-to-day management for a number of privately owned medium sized (4000 acres) and smaller landed estates. Our brief typically includes overall advice, management of let residential, agricultural and business properties, farm and woodland management, supervision of contractors, employment/payment of staff and a full range of financial management services.
Our in-hand farm management typically involves responsibility for contract-managed arable operations and sale of grass under a variety of profit à prendre or short term grazing arrangements.
We also act in a consultancy role for other trustee or family company owned estates, offering a wide variety of professional advice and services.
Our services include all aspects of building management for rural estates and we have extensive experience working with a wide range of rural and estate properties. In particular we manage planned cyclical maintenance, property refurbishment and repair schedules, organising projects large and small.
The firm is involved with maintenance and adaptation of listed and other historic buildings with established working contacts at English Heritage and other statutory bodies engaged with conservation issues.
We are experienced in the management and surveying of commercial buildings, and provide advice on maintenance and repairs. Planned maintenance schedules and supervision of all building works can be provided. For commercial leases we can prepare Schedules of Condition and undertake Dilapidations Surveys, providing support and advice in subsequent negotiations between landlord and tenant. Full building surveys can be carried out for assessing the condition of commercial units prior to purchase or to aid future commercial portfolio planning.
We offer a wide range of residential building surveys to accommodate the client’s needs, and can carry out buildings surveys for specialist areas. Our building surveying services include advice on and management of property refurbishment; building condition reports for property management or purchase; preparation of Dilapidations Surveys in accordance with accepted protocol; and negotiations on behalf of both landlord and tenant clients.
King West employs two full time book keepers who deal with our clients accounting requirement, using computerised Landmark Key Prime software. They deal with PAYE of estate staff, VAT (including partially exempt regimes) monthly management reports, payment of accounts, collection of rents, credit control and preparation of year-end data for client’s taxation advisors.
Using trusted and experienced associates, the firm offers a range of building surveying services for clients, including initiation and supervision of regular property maintenance programmes and improvement schemes. Such properties range through traditional and modern dwellings, farm buildings, commercial and residential buildings to Grade I listed buildings.
Over many years we have invested in software for estate mapping which uses up-to-date digitised Ordnance Survey information overlaid onto aerial photography. It is capable of producing high quality plans for an infinite range of estate and farm management uses.
Other Professional Work
In addition our Land Agency and Professional department undertakes Valuations, Expert Witness, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Conservation Schemes, Diversification Schemes and Landlord & Tenant work.