Brecher’s construction team acts for clients in all industry sectors and their client base includes developers, banks, contractors, specialist sub-contractors, consultants, and end-users. The team’s expertise embraces all aspects of a construction project, from inception to completion.
The construction team is experienced in drafting and negotiating all types of contract documents, and dealing with all aspects of contentious construction law, for projects both domestic and international.
Brecher has a large contractor, developer and banking client base which requires specialist construction and procurement advice. The construction team works closely with the real estate development and real estate finance teams in order to provide clients with a seamless and joined-up service.
Clients often require Brecher to start advising at the very beginning of the procurement process and the firm regularly deals with:
- Procurement / contract strategies
- Drafting and advising in relation to all types of building and engineering contracts
- Development agreements / development management agreements
- Pre-construction services agreements / letters of intent
- Drafting and advising on all types of professional appointment documents
- Collateral warranties and third party rights
- Performance guarantees / bonds
Brecher also helps when problems arise on projects, advising clients on their rights and obligations. The primary focus is on resolving legal issues by a commercial, and not just a legalistic approach.
Please see our Construction Disputes page for further details on contentious matters.
Examples of experience
The construction team have settled the construction documentation for projects including:
- Dukelease Developments including:
- Cleveland Street – The redevelopment of a post-war two storey structure into 105 residential apartments and 36,000 sq ft of A1, A3, and B1 commercial.
- York House – conversion of existing 15 storey office building into 368 micro residential apartments. The ground floor includes the resident’s entrance and lobby, storage, back of house area’s and cycle storage. The existing 15th floor is to be demolished and a new 15th and 16th floor roof extension being installed.
- Panther House – Redevelopment of Panther House and Brain Yard buildings, resulting in part 4 storey, part 7 storey (plus plant and basement) buildings at Panther House and Brain Yard for predominantly employment uses (including 1450sq.m of subsidised workspaces) and a new 7 storey (plus plant and basement) building at 156-164 Gray’s Inn Road behind the retained facade of 160-164 Gray’s Inn Road to provide flexible retail/restaurant uses at ground and basement level with 15 self-contained residential units at the upper levels.
- Royal Wharf – a circa 40 acre development in London’s Royal Docks undertaken by “Oxley” Holdings, a Singapore base property developer and Ballymore. This scheme, a residential led mixed used development, includes 3,385 new homes consisting of apartments and townhouses, approximately 15,000 m2 of office space, 5,000 m2 of retail and food and beverage space, the Royal Wharf Pier and a school.
- Deanston Wharf – a Ballymore / Oxley joint venture in London’s Royal Docklands. This scheme, a residential led mixed use development, includes 769 residential units, 1125 sq.m of mixed use floor space, new public and communal open space and basement car parking within 4 plots consisting on 10 buildings in total ranging from 8 – 16 storeys in height.
- The Brentford Project – a Ballymore Group development in Hounslow that includes 804 new homes, 4,000 m2 of commercial space, 14,000 m2 of retail space and 8,000 m2 of leisure and cultural facilities.
- Mill Harbour – a Ballymore Group/ Kwok Family Interests joint venture in the Isle of Dogs covering 26,000 m2 and includes 1,513 homes, two new schools, 5,950 m2 of commercial space, two new schools and a theatre.
- Embassy Gardens – a Ballymore Group/ EcoWorld joint venture in Nine Elms that includes 1,560 new homes, 45,363 m2 of commercial space, 8,340 m2 of retail space and leisure facilities.
- Goodluck Hope – a Ballymore Group/ Kwok Family Interests joint venture in East London that includes 804 new homes, 2,000 m2 of commercial space, 235 m2 of education floor space and a restored Grade II-listed Orchard Dry Dock.
- Oxley Holdings
- Bennett Construction Limited
- Cleshar Contract Services Limited
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