Our standard commercial search reports are available in three ascending levels of detail. The Risk Screen, Initial Risk Review and Liability Assessment Report. These standard search reports are complemented by our Data Review where existing data is supplied to us for assessment or comment.
The standard searches cover an area of up to 10 hectares (25 acres) and usually take between one and three working days to complete. We guarantee return within 5 working days.
All the reports are manually produced by experienced I.E.M.A. qualified consultants for greater accuracy and relevance. Where the consultant deems it relevant, advice will be given on issues beyond Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or water resource damage. These may include harm to neighbouring properties, ground stability issues, foundation design or spatial planning considerations.
The Risk Screen is the most concise of our reports, designed to give a simple assessment of environmental liability for a range of commercial premises. It uses the industry standard Sitecheck data provided by Landmark as a basis for assessment. The reports have a clear ‘PASS’ or ‘FURTHER ASSESSMENT’ certificate, supported by plain English conclusions and recommendations that are relevant and focussed.
The Risk Screen offers clients an easy, rapid understanding of any environmental issues that may be facing a property.
The Risk Screen is available at £149 plus VAT.
Risk Screen - Petrol Filling Station
This is a special type of Risk Screen report suitable for property situated on or very near to active or former petrol stations. In these circumstances, if a standard Risk Screen is ordered it will most likely give a 'Fail' status due to the high risk of petrol pollution. Where we notice this risk at the order stage for a standard Risk Screen, we will recommend this report to pre-empt these problems and streamline the process.
By including a communication with the petroleum officer within the report we are able to quantify the risk associated with the petrol facility at the initial stage and report back accordingly. The consequence of this early action is to save our client time and money: an opinion can be given at the initial stage rather than having to suggest a second line of enquiry.
The Risk Screen - Petrol Filling Station report is unique to Renaissance and costs only £199 plus VAT and disbursements.
Initial Risk Review
The Initial Risk Review uses the market leading Envirocheck data pack from Landmark and comes with a full historic map set at 1:10,000 scale. The thorough analysis results in the most comprehensive risk profile available without incurring the expense of a full Phase I survey.
The report provides clear, pragmatic yet extensive summaries and conclusions to give clients a deep understanding of the potential problems facing a property. The recommendations then offer detailed advice for managing, reducing or circumventing these problems.
The Initial Risk Review is available at £230 plus VAT.
Development Risk Review
The Development Risk Review (DRR) is designed for property being acquired for development or redevelopment. The DRR can be used purely for purchase due diligence or can be designed to fulfil planning conditions. In either case we would ensure that the DRR provides the right level of information and advice at minimum cost. The DRR can also start by providing due diligence advice and then later be upgraded to discharge planning conditions, which reduces the cost at each stage and removes duplication. The most basic DRR will come with a thorough risk analysis and historic maps, as in the Initial Risk Review, but also includes discussions with relevant regulators such as the local planning department and Contaminated Land Officer.
Once the development is complete, the DRR can assist with the sales process. Individual ‘PASS’ certificated can be provided to all potential purchasers, ensuring they do not purchase less reliable reports that might ‘FAIL’ the site due to its pre-development condition. Please call one of our consultants to discuss your requirements.
The Development Risk Review is available from £320 plus VAT.
Liability Assessment Report
The Liability Assessment Report is the most detailed and comprehensive desk based report available, providing a complete assessment to support development or inform the design of further investigation (Phase II). Based on the most detailed and complete environmental data available from Landmark including the full range of historic maps at all scales, the report also incorporates regulatory liaison and the review of existing data (such as old reports). The report is often combined with a site inspection visit to produce a complete Phase I assessment. Renaissance can advise which, if any, of these additions are relevant.
The Liability Assessment Report is available at £580 plus VAT.
Phase I (Commercial)
The Renaissance Phase I Commercial report fits in with standard industry expectations comprising a thorough desktop assessment using the best available Landmark data and large scale mapping resources. This is then followed by an enquiry with the regulator and the Environment Agency (if pertinent) to assess the likelihood of regulatory intervention or scrutiny. The final element of the assessment is a site visit and interview with the manager or owner of the site to examine ongoing operational practices and identify environmental hazards and deviations from best practice.
A commercial Phase I assessment should give a clear indication of the site's suitability for the intended use and show any causes for concern that affect the site. The recommendations will indicate if any further work is required and show if any modifications to environmental management policy are needed.
The Phase I Assessment is available from £850 plus VAT. The price is dependent on any requirement from the regulator to pay for information, the size and complexity of the subject property, and according to the travel disbursements required to conduct the site visit.
Flood Risk Review
This product is new to the Renaissance range and fills the gap between residential and a small property flood assessment and the bespoke Flood Risk Assessment used for full planning consent. It is a very thorough flood assessment particularly suited to larger or more complex commercial property.
The report gives a variety of risk profiles and comment for fluvial (river), tidal, pluvial (rainfall), and groundwater flooding. The report is based on the best available data and maps from Landmark and includes a computer modelled map range and insurance claim history as well as all the standard flooding predictions.
The Flood Risk Review represents excellent value and is available at the following rates: 5-250 Ha £129; 50+ Ha requiring more than one data and map pack: from £229 (please request quotation). Prices are subject to VAT.
Where there is existing data on a property, such as old reports and correspondence, it may be more effective to base an assessment on this data rather than carry out a standard search. Renaissance is extremely effective at translating such data into the modern context, then giving clear advice on what it means and how to proceed.
The Data Review is charged at £60 per hour and is usually completed within three hours.