What makes us different?

To see a building surveying instruction through to successful completion requires good planning, attention to detail and hard work. Collins McKay embodies all these values but what makes us really stand out is our commercially minded and pragmatic approach. We’re unique in this respect because our MD, who has a hand in all projects, has a background which also spans asset management, investment and occupier agency. When we say that we understand your property interests, we really mean it.


About us

Collins McKay is an innovative, dynamic consultancy offering building surveying and project management services. We are based in London and work for clients all over the UK. Our approach sets us apart from traditional firms by offering technical services through our commercial understanding of the projects we work on.

Who we are

Our team, headed by Tim Collins, is unique in the field of building surveying being underpinned by remarkable cross discipline experience which shapes our approach to building consultancy. Having started surveying life with a niche, City-based building surveying practice, Tim went on to become a Board Director of Nelson Bakewell. He subsequently joined the management team of a West End property investment company where he maximised the value of it's commercial property interests together with directing the strategy of clients' property portfolios.

Our approach

We like to know who you are, how you work and what makes you tick in order to understand the drivers behind your project. This allows us to deliver results that will really make a difference to you. We are unfaltering in our commitment to excellence, be it technical or commercial and we go to great lengths to ensure that the approach we take to all work is the best possible.



Collins McKay offers a full range of range of services across the Building Consultancy spectrum, for both landlords and tenants. Our main service offerings are summarised below but should you require assistance outside of these areas, please get in touch to discuss how we can help.

Project Management

Successful project management requires a blend of skills including excellent communication and listening, forward planning and even motivation of others. Because each project is unique we hone our approach to deliver your project objectives with confidence and with minimum risk. We take a lead role and communicate the key information to you on a regular basis. We use innovative ways of maintaining control of information flows between the team members.

Pre-acquisition Surveys

Our survey reports deliver robust, concise and commercially minded advice about your intended acquisition. We will use our asset management and investment experience to consider the drivers that affect your decisions to purchase or lease a property. If it is necessary to get input from other consultants we will co-ordinate this and include their findings in our report. We will always call you on the day of our inspection to give you a summary of our findings with a written executive summary delivered within 24 hours of us going to a property.

Project Monitoring

By controlling the risks, financial exposure and ensuring the compliance of developments we protect the security of our clients’ investments with our project monitoring service. From initial forensic financial and technical analysis to providing coherent client support throughout the construction phase we add value to a project by facilitating improved decision making.


Part science, part art, and a good dose of law, the key to successful dilapidations negotiations is experience. We’re pleased to say that we have a huge amount; we know all the angles and how to ensure that our clients get an appropriate conclusion in a sensible timescale. No wild promises, just good results.

Contract Administration

From specifying the work needed and tendering the project through to managing the work to completion, we’ll be your single point of contact and will ensure that your interests are protected throughout. You’ll know what is going on at all times at the level of detail you want. Our experience in this work spans all property types and ages.

Feasibility Studies

You have a need for work to a property or an idea that you want to pursue, but is it feasible? We’ll work out the logistics, the issues and, most importantly, the costs as either a high level or detailed study. When it comes to making your final decision you will have grounded and realistic advice and can proceed with confidence.

Refurbishment Advice

Deciding on the scope of the refurbishment work depends on various factors but most critically the benefit gained from the financial outlay. We will guide you through the options available backed up by sound cost-benefit analysis. We’ll do so giving consideration to the bigger picture affecting the project such as timescales, project risks and procurement approach.

Planned Maintenance

Preparing ahead for the cost and work involved in ensuring that your property’s value is maintained. We’ll work with you to schedule pro-active maintenance work to ensure, where practical, there are no conflicts with other significant property expenditure. Our plans are bespoke and designed to give you all the information you need at a glance.

Fire Reinstatement Valuations

Carefully calculated reinstatement values to ensure that your property insurance is at the right level. Whether valuing an individual property or a portfolio we will make sure that your premium is not too high that that adequate cover is being maintained.

CDM Co-ordinator

The CDM Co-ordinator is there to advise and assist the client with their duties under the CDM Regulations as well as co-ordinating health and safety aspects of any design work. We’re good communicators, an essential attribute for CDM work, and use it to co-operate effectively on Health and Safety matters with others involved with the project.

Party Walls

Acting as owner’s surveyor or adjoining owner’s surveyor within the Party Wall Act where building work is undertaken that affects the wall or boundary between two properties.


Case Studies

No matter how large or small the instruction, it is important to us and we are proud of all the work we do. Here is a small cross section of our recent work. If you would like more information please contact us.


Contact us

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For further information about our services please contact us

Collins McKay
17 Tavistock Street
London WC2E 7PA

T +44 (0)207 212 9999