Building Surveying

Whether it is a new development, a landmark project, a change of use or a sophisticated fit-out, legal and regulatory requirements are critical to
understand, articulate and factor directly into projects both now and into the future.

Hendry works with you to ensure your buildings’ safety, accessibility, and efficiency with our industry-leading understanding of building codes and standards.

what we do

OUR SERVICES

Our team of building surveying and compliance experts have been supporting the Building and Construction Industry for almost 40 years.Β 

From design and construction to divesting or acquiring, we’re the compliance expert at your side, providing sound advice based on relevant regulatory requirements, industry best practices and local knowledge. We balance the state of existing facilities with present and anticipated needs to keep you compliant, reduce risk, and increase overall safety and value across your building portfolio.

Discover more about our services by asset lifecycle phase.

  • Design & Construct
  • Modify & Investigate
  • Sell & Acquire

Design & Construct

Designing or building a new asset we can reduce your risk and maintain your regulatory compliance throughout. From design reviews, to regulatory resolutions, to permit staging advice and more - we are here to get you over the line no matter what stage you're at.

Speak to a compliance expert today

Design Certification

Get a qualified pair of eyes to look over your design, and steer clear second-rate certification.
We know this sounds obvious, but we’ve seen people rush this step to kick start the build phase only to balloon their issues (and costs) later, never mind a potential wave of legal issues.

Our compliance experts will check your design against all applicable building regulations (like the National Construction Code, Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards), keeping you informed about your compliance obligations at every stage.

Building Approvals

Before you start construction, you need to secure building approval, particularly if you’re planning to build a Class 2 – 9 Building.

Building approval requirements will range depending on building type to zone and other factors, to ensure you comply with local council, state and even federal building laws.

But don’t let yourself get stuck in information overload, get in touch with us, and we’ll guide you through the process.

Building Compliance Consultancy

To make sure your project proceeds without delay it’s essential to seek compliance consultations at each project stage, even prior to securing land or during conceptual planning.

Our expert knowledge of your compliance requirements will help identify any gaps that may pose a risk to your design, safety and occupancy.

Building Permits

As compliance experts our role is to inspect your site and issue an authorisation to show that the construction or alteration meets the design specification and complies with all National and local legislation.

Owners of buildings in operation without the appropriate permits are exposed to penalties and fines.

As fully registered building practitioners, we support builders, owners and developers with the full range of activities and sign off at each stage of the building lifecycle. That means:

  • Issuing building permits (and calculating levies)
  • Carrying out inspections of buildings and building work
  • Issuing certificates of final inspection and occupancy permits
  • Issuing approvals for temporary occupation of buildings
  • Enforcing safety and building standards

It is essential to understand that all states have varying requirements, you can find more information on your state via the Australian Building Codes Board. (link to https://www.abcb.gov.au/)Β  Our National team is made up of local experts, reach out to speak with your local expert.Β 

Sometimes you might need a building consultant to develop a performance solution that takes the risk out of your design and satisfies regulations. Naturally, we do that too, preserving design aesthetics to bring your vision into life.

Modify & Investigate

Sometimes you need an expert on your side, providing sound advice based on Australian regulatory requirements.

Do you need expert compliance advice?

Expert Witness

If you find yourself having to defend your work, an independent expert is a must-have.

We’re experienced in providing expert opinions and reports for use in a full range of legal proceedings; from consultations with lawyers and liaison with building regulatory authorities to providing expert opinion testimony in court on behalf of our clients.

Some of the most common things an Expert Witness will be called to do include:

  • Assessing the compliance of a building structure
  • Resolving disputes
  • Carrying out site assessments, and
  • Providing forensic analysis of the design and regulatory adherence

Our experts haven’t just served as witnesses; many continue to advise on changes and improvements to the National Construction Code and Australian Standards (they’re the experts that the experts go to).

Building Appeals

If you feel that you’ve been given an unfair verdict or that the building laws and regulations haven’t been properly applied to your project based on its class, construction or design, you can appeal.

What you need for a favourable judgement then, is an expert who can put together a definite case of compliance.

Building Surveyors and Building Certifiers advise that most State and Territory building legislation contain provisions, building appeals, building modifications or departures, that allow for an authority or building surveyor to vary particular requirements of the regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA), especially in the case of existing building upgrades.

Access Consultations

Did you know that over 4.4 Million Australian’s (1 in 5) have some form of disability? Add with our ageing population, and you can see why buildings must cater to everyone, with equal access for everyone in and around your building.

Failing to follow the law here can be very expensive, with high rectification costs to bring buildings up to scratch under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Despite what some fear, equitable access solutions won’t hinder your design, they can even enhance it.

Property Risk Auditing

We assess your overall compliance; everything from permits to access to safety measures. Effective design and construction means reducing exposure for owners and enhancing safety for occupants.

Risk means increased costs, declining well-being, injury or at worst fatality. We are your full-service building compliance partner, ensuring you reduce risk, minimise exposure and avoid liability.

Sell & Acquire

We can audit all aspects of a building with a forensic eye, from asset condition to safety and compliance to provide an expert report on the condition, risk and potential expenditure. Helping you make an informed decision.

Need technical asset condition advice?

Technical Due Diligence (TDD)

If you’re buying or selling, Technical Due Diligence is a critical component of the process. We can audit all aspects of a building with a forensic eye, from asset condition to safety & compliance.

We’ll provide an expert report on the condition, risk and potential expenditure forecasts to help you make informed acquisition decisions.

Contact an expert.

We have experts in each state to advise you on each step.

WHY CHOOSE US ?

We’ve got the expertise

Our expert team have the distinction of over 250 years' experience as fully accredited and registered practitioners. Our leaders advise on the standards, represent industry and develop courses for incoming talent.
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We’ve got the expertise

Our expert team have the distinction of over 250 years' experience as fully accredited and registered practitioners. Our leaders advise on the standards, represent industry and develop courses for incoming talent.

We’re a National team, with local expertise

With a national footprint and a 38-year heritage, we are Australia's most trusted building compliance partner.
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We’re a National team, with local experts

With a national footprint and a 38-year heritage, we are Australia's most trusted building compliance partner.

We get it

Quality stems from the longevity of assets and the lasting effect of careful planning and sound professional advice. That's why Hendry provides end-to-end compliance services across each of the building lifecycle.
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We get it

Quality stems from the longevity of assets and the lasting effect of careful planning and sound professional advice. That's why Hendry provides end-to-end compliance services across each of the building lifecycle.
David Mansfield Mansfield Property Advisory

MPA have used Hendry to undertake compliance due diligence and capital expenditure forecasting for a number of large commercial property acquisitions. Hendry’s practitioners provide practical and thorough technical advice which aligns with the client focussed objectives of our service delivery model.

Akki Singh SKS Group

Since 2013, Hendry have consistently provided quality building surveying & consulting services across a number of our large developments, including the DoubleTree Waterfront by Hilton. Their consultants always deliver clear & timely compliance advice, allowing our projects to proceed without delay. I highly recommend Hendry and the expertise of their Perth team.

Carl Payne Donovan Payne Architect

Donovan Payne has been involved as the architects for a substantial number of aquatic, recreation and community-project facilities for Local Government Authorities over many years. During this period, we have completed many of these using the certification services of Hendry; and working in particular with building surveyor Quintin Kleyn. The projects have ranged from $3 million to $22 million; and have presented the design team members with complexities and challenges across all disciplines. The Hendry contribution has been constructive and much appreciated. They have worked with us in a diligent and collaborative manner. We have no hesitation in recommending their services for similar projects.

Deneth Peris Mode Design

I have worked with Hendry over the past 4 years in my role at MODE. The quality of service, their knowledge and professionalism and the willingness to help has made working with them immensely positive and rewarding.

Erin Oxley SHAPE

Our experience with Hendry over the last 2 years has been positive & rewarding. I have been pleased with the quality & detail of their work, which has saved SHAPE time and allowed us to understand the overall compliance of our projects.

Paul Reed Infraco (Telstra)

Our experience with Hendry over the last couple of years has been positive & rewarding. I have been pleased with Hendry’s engagement and willingness to work with Telstra to satisfy our needs. This includes the quality & detail of their reporting, which has saved Telstra time and allowed us to understand the overall compliance rating of our portfolio of assets.

    Our experts in the field

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