In the aftermath of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, owners and managers of residential tower blocks need to urgently carry out fire safety checks to ensure that appropriate safety and response measures are in place. The press have focussed on other Local Authority or Housing Association blocks where action is needed. It is a credit to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors that attention is being paid to privately owned blocks of flats. Following the relaxation of planning controls, numerous office buildings have been converted to flats. This has involved face lifts, involving aesthetic cladding to the elevations. Other purpose-built blocks may also need attention.

In particular, it is important to identify whether any high-rise buildings incorporate panels of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM). To this end, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is disseminating information on the checks that can be made, and the support it can provide. The details are provided in a letter from Melanie Dawes (Permanent Secretary, DCLG).

The main points are as follows:
  • In addition to the checks on residential blocks owned by social landlords, DCLG is offering private owners of residential buildings an opportunity to test cladding on blocks over 18 metres high through arrangements put in place with BRE.
  • These checks will be paid for by DCLG, and the information will be available to DCLG from BRE.
  • Where owners consider they may have concerns about cladding on buildings over 18 metres high, they should follow the process defined in the letter available for download.

For download links and a copy of the letter from DCLG see the RICS News Item Grenfell Tower: Checks on privately owned residential blocks (DCLG)

Deliver-e-Bikes Limited have taken a business unit on Roman Way Industrial Estate in Islington. They provide a thriving new concept for electric powered delivery bicycles and the premises will be used as their north London depot.

(Photo Credit http://justebikes.co.uk/e-bikes-for-businesses/)

Day and Bell acted for the Landlord in the letting. We face a period of extremely buoyant demand for business space in London, with a limited supply of stock, especially for companies that wish to serve central London. The pressure for residential development has resulted in many factories and warehouses being redeveloped in the capital. This has led to something of an imbalance in the market and significant rental growth.

Other lettings are in hand and we are acquiring premises on behalf of occupiers. The highly competitive market creates challenges for all concerned and opportunities for us to provide value-added advice, where we can.


Day and Bell took over the property management business of C F Day Limited on 1st June 2007. In the intervening decade we have grown from strength to strength.

We are grateful to our committed team that has helped with some great times; and a few trials & tribulations.

We celebrated last Friday afternoon with games in a local park...

and an evening barbeque...

Our loyal client base has shared some great success stories over the years. Our core service as Asset Managers involves close care and attention - to add value and foresee challenges. We relish the faith that clients entrust to us. Thank you all for your support and we look forward to working with you in the next ten years.

We Value your Assets.

Thanks also to our Consultants, contractors and other business associates.
Day and Bell have re-let the premises at 164- 166 High Street, London Colney Herts.
The Co-op have signed a ten year lease at a total rent of £28,000 per annum.

David Menzies Associates represented the tenant.
The property was previously occupied by a motorcycle dealer and events company.


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