Condition & Risks

Life is full of challenges, and the same is true for our buildings. Unexpected risks and failures can cause major disruption and it is important to be prepared for all eventualities. Knowing where your critical points of failure are will help to plan for contingencies and suitably mitigate the associated risks. 

Having a clear view of the condition of your building and assets provides clarity of priority items, and a platform for planning future lifecycle replacements and understanding how this will affect future budgets in a more proactive way, putting you firmly in control. 

It is also important to understand how your building is performing: are lighting levels sufficient, is there adequate ventilation, are heating levels optimised, is energy consumption justified and in control? All valid questions, taking communities and our planet into consideration. In many instances, service providers will be expected to meet certain levels, and for good reason, but how do we measure and check them? 

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Identifying issues in your building early before they worsen can reduce expensive replacement costs and help to prolong life expectancy of your building and assets. Having a condition survey completed by a RICS-accredited surveyor can provide a detailed review of your building’s structure, finishes and assets. 

Conducting a condition survey will help to highlight and prioritise any urgent defects, allowing you to plan more effectively for replacement works instead of running the risk of incurring expensive emergency repairs. It can also help in highlighting any crucial health and safety issues and reduce the risk of costly and disruptive downtime. 

Understanding what you need from your survey is vital in getting the most value from it. Whether that’s to gain an overview of general building condition or a detailed element-by-element report, the team at Assure will be able to help you get the foresight you need. 


Not all maintenance requirements are black and white, and many are dependent on levels of risk identified and associated to the building in question. These may include fire risk assessments, legionella risk assessments, asbestos risk assessments, or general health & safety risk assessments. 

If you need any support in conducting risk assessments and ensuring your maintenance regime is fit for purpose, the team at Assure are on hand to assist.  


Buildings are critical to the delivery of services and operations, and we take for granted that they’ll always be open and ready for the new day. But what happens when a building is unexpectedly closed? 

Technology can keep us in touch from almost anywhere in the world right now, but unexpected building closures can still be a significant inconvenience, especially where services are delivered from within the building, resulting in loss of revenue or customer, pupil or patient disappointment. 

It is therefore important to identify and understand where your critical points of failure are within your building, and to assess the likely impact of them failing. Core heating, hot water and lighting systems may seem obvious, but these can be more obscure and even down to individual components within a system. 

Once you’ve got sight of these likely points of failure, a risk mitigation plan can be developed and implemented to ensure that any downtime is either minimised or avoided altogether. That may be through stocking spare parts, holding special agreements with suppliers and contractors, or adjusting critical systems to introduce more resilience. 

If you’re concerned about the impact a building closure would have on your organisation, or want some support with your risk mitigation planning, the team at Assure can provide a full critical component risk assessment and develop a mitigation plan to give you that added peace of mind. 

Contact us to talk about how we can help you prepare for all eventualities