About Us
 
We are an independent firm of Chartered Surveyors dealing with most commercial property issues.
 
Commercial property incorporates most types of property including retail, office, industrial, leisure and development sites, including residential development sites. 

We are based in the City of Lancaster, Lancashire. We deal with property related matters on a national basis although the majority of our work tends to be in the North West.

Our Philosophy
 
To provide a modern pro-active surveying service to a high professional standard with clear and concise advise.
 
We believe it is important to maintain good communications with personal client care.

Generally we are instructed to reducing occupational costs for occupiers and maximise the returns and value of property for owners and investors.

The Web Site
 
You will find a shortcut key on the top relating to the most common commercial property matters. Please select the relevant key to view further details. To view a selection of the properties we currently have on the market, please select Property Portfolio. The web site has been designed in a clear and concise format and you should be able to access the information you require readily.
 
We trust you find your visit to our site useful and informative. Please contact us if you wish to discuss any matter further. We look forward to your call.
 
Andrew.J.Allan BSc MRICS IRRV (Hons)
Director - Allan Associates
Professional property management maximizes both the return from property investments and maximises the capital value of the investment. According to recent research, billions of pounds are lost each year by bad property management. The research suggests that property is the second highest cost after wages.
 
A management instruction can be tailored to suit your needs. Below is a non-comprehensive list of the types of matters a property manager considers. Professional dealings in these matters assists the continuing performance of the property: -
  • Lease Renewals/ Rental Reviews
  • New Lettings/Assignments/Sub-Lettings
  • Rental and Service Charge Collection
  • Business Rates
  • Repairs and Maintenance
  • Dilapidations
  • Property Improvements
  • Valuations
  • Tenant Queries/ Disputes
  • Sales/Development Opportunities
  • Value Added Tax/ Capital Allowances
  • Health and Safety
  • Buildings Insurance
Capital Allowances are used to mitigate your tax liability and are offset against your tax liability.  An example of a capital allowance item is a car used for part of the business.  In much the same way as a car is written down in your accounts, certain parts of your property can also qualify as capital allowance items and can be written down in your accounts, therefore usually reducing your tax liability.

Typical qualifying items include lifts, sanitary ware, carpets, electrical and some plumbing installations, plant plus the costs of installation and value added tax in certain circumstances.

As part of our instruction we value the capital allowance items in a property and prepare a suitable report.  Generally your account is involved with the submission of the claim. The claim can be followed up by negotiations with the Valuation Office if necessary.

If you are contemplating a new build, extension or refurbishment please call us to discuss managing your capital allowance claim.  Generally, the earlier you contact us the better in terms of obtaining the relevant information.
  • Potentially mitigate your tax liability by maximising the value of  your Capital Allowances.
  • Valuation and submission of claims to the Inland Revenue.
  • Negotiations with the Inland Revenue.
  • Claims on existing properties.
  • Claims on the costs of new build, property improvements or refurbishments.
We value commercial property and produce reports to suit your requirements. Valuations are undertaken in a accordance with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors appraisal and valuation manual.

As commercial property surveyors, we concentrate on valuations relating to commercial properties. 
 
Commercial property valuations.
  • Freehold and leasehold valuations.
  • The valuation of businesses.
  • Valuation to capital value, rental value and goodwill.
  • Valuations for various purposes including private valuation, loan security, investment, landlord & tenant issues and tax purposes.