I is for Industry

We have a tremendous industrial heritage in the UK. Bridges, pumping stations, mills and factories across the country stand testament to the importance of industry to our economic prosperity. The construction boom during the industrial revolution, housing for the workforce and the grand civic buildings built, show the huge wealth of industrialists, whilst marking the construction sector as a key indicator of prosperity for the country, then as it still does now.

This importance has been highlighted during the difficult times of 2020 so far, where the UK government have been keen to see construction projects continue, ensuring that we continue to thrive economically as a nation, through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Industry in the UK has changed substantially in the last century. We have moved from a reliance on heavy industry towards light industry and technology. We may still be a strong nation of shopkeepers, but most of these shops need to have an on-line presence in order to thrive. E-commerce and its logistical requirements are changing the industrial, building-scape across the country.

Today’s industrial buildings may look less imposing in substance than their Victorian counterparts – bricks and mortar have for the most part given way to steel frames and cladding – but this demonstrates the advances in structural and material engineering.  These new builds are no less impressive in scale.  Much of today’s industrial sector activity takes place in huge warehouses or vast factory facilities, at sites that span many acres. The Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Dunfermline for example, is a colossal one million square feet in size!

Finding a suitable site for that square footage can be challenging…

Brownfield vs Greenfield

Urban brownfield sites naturally offer opportunities, with the advantage of existing utility service provision, close proximity of potential workforce, and a pragmatic use of otherwise redundant space that the local authority should welcome. But they also have their drawbacks. Constrained and congested inner city locations, tricky access to transport links or distribution networks, and the potential for a raft of hidden (and potentially expensive!) ‘nasties’ requiring remediation before any building can actually take place.

Greenfield site development for larger industrial operations, whilst not popular for obvious reasons, does have advantages. Space and ease of access to main transport routes are two key positives but achieving planning permission for such developments is more of a challenge to overcome with the local authority.

Flexibility of Purpose

Not all industrial facilities are of an amazonian scale, but the size and flexibility of steel structured buildings is appealing. Depending on the intended purpose they can be heated/unheated, refrigerated, humidity controlled or zoned to accommodate a mix of requirements. They can accommodate complex and sensitive industrial machinery, offer ‘picking’ or distribution solutions, staff offices, welfare facilities or simply be used for storage.

One key advantage is the speed of construction, and pre-fabrication can make the process even quicker still. One criticism often raised is the utilitarian appearance.  This may be, but the pay-off lies with functionality and efficiency. What these buildings lack in looks, is made up for in other ways. Industry doesn’t stand still, and, with these structures, internal reconfiguration is relatively straight-forward. This is huge advantage as buildings change hands, or the company processes change and update requiring adaptations over time.

DCP & the Industrial Sector

Daniel Connal Partnership (DCP) is extremely proud of its work in the industrial sector. Over many years in business we have been entrusted with a diverse range of instructions, demonstrating our specialist skillset as a multi-disciplinary consultancy with solid construction expertise.

2020 has been no exception:

  1. M&H Plastics have been a Client for over 25 years and over that period we have seen their estate extend to over 50,000m² and we’ve been delighted to play our part not only in that growth but by facilitating change through alteration projects and this year by keeping the estate safe by undertaking fire risk assessments and the design and procurement of a training academy, currently on site.
  2. Ten years ago we project managed the construction of a new world class manufacturing facility on a greenfield site in Halesworth for Spectra Packaging. Managing the planning process through extensive archaeology and ecological issue we then delivered 4800m² of factory, warehousing and offices. Since then a further 2400m² of space has been provided and we are now in for planning permission for a further 2000m² which is due to be constructed next year.
  3. Works have just been completed on a £7m hangar and engineering workshop for KLM at Norwich Airport.  We provided quantity surveying and employer’s agent services on this project.  The 6,527m² scheme delivered this year, all whilst working within the constraints caused by the pandemic, provides flexible spaces which will help to meet current and future engineering needs at the airport.
  4. The end of the year should see the completion of a major extension at Aeropak, a pharmaceutical facility in Great Yarmouth.  Aeropak are a new client for DCP we have provided Quantity Surveying and Principal Designer services on this project which will provide 977m² of additional manufacturing/warehouse space plus a further 550m² for office accommodation.

At Daniel Connal Partnership we work hard with our clients across all sectors to deliver projects on time and on budget, building certainty and reducing risk, whilst maintaining safety, achieving quality and maximising investment returns for the benefit of our clients.




“ I enjoy the buzz of helping clients unlock asset value in property through innovative design and refurbishment solutions”

I joined the Daniel Connal Partnership in 1994, became a Partner in 1997 and Joint Senior Partner in 2011.  My time is split between fee earning work, the management of the business and business development.

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Project Management Surveyor and an Incorporated Member of the Association of Project Safety.

My areas of expertise are Project Management, Dilapidations, Party Wall Advice and Defect Diagnosis.  I also act as an Expert Witness and am a member of the Academy of Experts.

Outside of work I am a keen sailor and have recently given in to the middle aged man’s craze of cycling around in tight lycra.  I am also a frustrated Ipswich Town Supporter.

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“I love the teamwork in delivering a project, but relish the knowledge that our singular input is making a real difference.”

I have been joint Senior Partner of Daniel Connal Partnership since 2011, having joined the practice in 1995 and been made Partner in 1999.

As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Building Surveyor, Incorporated Member of the Association of Project Safety and experienced project manager, I enjoy helping our clients deliver their ideas for their property through successful building projects.  It is my aim that our staff enjoy their work and that we always provide the best service we can.

When I am not working I enjoy being active and spending time with my family and friends.

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Jonathan Dennis MA, MRICS

“As an experienced Quantity Surveyor I strive to ensure that all of our clients achieve the best possible value for money when undertaking construction works.”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership in 2011 as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, was made an associate at the start of 2015 and Partner in January 2016.

I have wide ranging experience in sectors across the industry, including Urban Regeneration, Social Housing, Industrial and Manufacture, Education, Defence, Local Authority and Health and have recently enjoyed developing my knowledge of the conservation of buildings with Listed and Ancient Monument status.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am a keen cyclist and also enjoy a leisurely walk around the golf course.

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Andrew Long, MEng, MSc, MRICS

“As a surveyor I delight in the opportunity and knowledge that we have a direct impact on shaping the future, bringing buildings back into service and the prospect of leaving a lasting but sustainable impression on the earth.”

I became an Associate in 2011 having joined the practice in 2010.

As a Chartered Building Surveyor, with areas of expertise in Design, Contract Administration, Project Management, Defects Diagnosis, Building Surveys and Dilapidations, I endeavour to provide our clients with the best service to enhance, preserve and obtain the maximum returns on their diverse property portfolios and building projects.

Outside of work I am in demand from my young family and friends in various active pursuits.

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Jonathan Rensink, Tech.IOSH, AIIRSM, IMaPS

“By working hard and supporting others, you won’t be far off the quote that I take great inspiration from. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort”. Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

I joined DCP in 1999 and was made an Associate in 2013.

A NEBOSH qualified Health and Safety Consultant; my areas of expertise are Health & Safety, CDM 2015 and the provision of Fire Safety and Risk Management advice.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, badminton and football, taking a keen interest in my local football club, Wivenhoe Town.

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Jason Froude BSc (Hons) MRICS

“As an experienced Chartered Surveyor, my number one aim is to deliver success in terms of my Client’s expectations”

Having joined the Daniel Connal Partnership in 2002, I was made an Associate in 2013 and became a Partner in the London office in 2018. I am a Chartered Building Surveyor, with over 15 years experience and a wide ranging skill base over many industry sectors specialising in Project Management, Party Wall, Building Surveys and CDM Advice.

I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Association of Project Safety.

Lucky enough to have the Surrey Hills on my door step, I am a keen rambler, cycling enthusiast and lawn bowler for my local Lawn Bowls team. For my sins I am also a Crystal Palace Supporter.

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John Read




“It gives me great pride to take projects from inception to completion whilst working closely with the clients to meet their design and cost expectations through construction knowledge, design acumen and property expertise”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership in 2003 as a trainee Building Surveyor with a BSc in Geography and then undertook a post graduate conversion course at Anglia Ruskin University. I became a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2010, was made an Associate of the Practice at the start of 2015 and became a Partner in 2019.

I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Association of Project Safety and the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

I have a wide ranging skill base over many industry sectors specialising in Design, Contract Administration, Party Wall and CDM Co-ordination.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am a keen cricketer and partake in weekly five a side football. I am fortunate to live in the Norfolk countryside and enjoy the benefits of long country walks and sunny days at the beach.

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“I look to use my varied career experience to the benefit of each client and to produce the best outcome on every project”

I was appointed Associate at the Colchester Office in January 2016 having joined the Practice in January 2015.

I am both a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager and have over 30 years’ experience working in both private practice and for contractors. I also have familiarity with the client’s perspective having overseen redevelopment of the buildings at my Church.

My varied experience & knowledge enables me to provide a balanced view on projects for the benefit of all parties involved in the construction process.

I am a Deacon & Trustee of my Baptist Church in Ipswich; enjoy theatre, visiting National Trust Properties and a game or two of tennis in the summer months.

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Chris Talford BSC (HONS) MRICS

“I enjoy assisting our varied client base in developing projects right from the initial idea through to a fully finished building, I take great satisfaction in helping clients understand and develop their knowledge of construction along the way.”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership as a Senior Quantity Surveyor in 2013 and was made an Associate in 2019.

I have experience across a wide range of sectors including Education, Industrial, Healthcare, Residential and Commercial and have gained valuable knowledge from a very varied workload.

I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Outside of work I enjoy playing golf and attempting to persuade my two young sons to support Sheffield United.

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Daniel Moles BSc (Hons) MRICS

“As an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor my key aim is always to act with my client’s best interests in mind, delivering high quality building surveying services to them at all times.”

I initially joined Daniel Connal Partnership as a graduate building surveyor in 2006. Promotion to Senior Building Surveyor followed and in 2015 I was made an Associate of the practice.

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor and have extensive experience in building surveying, party wall matters, feasibility studies and listed buildings across a wide range of industry sectors.

I am a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

When not out surveying buildings I am kept very busy chasing after two energetic young sons.

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Alastair Clark BSc (Hons) MRICS

“It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to be involved with projects, especially seeing a completed building knowing that I have added value by taking a proactive approach to cost and risk management through all the stages of design and construction.”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership as a Senior Quantity Surveyor in 2005.

Progressing to Associate in 2007, I was made Partner in charge of the Colchester office in 2011, with additional responsibility for Ball Hall (Project Management) Ltd (BHPM) from April 2012, when DCP took over their long time sports hall project management partner.

In January 2017 I became the Managing Director of Ball Hall (Project Management) Ltd.

When not flying the BHPM flag, I enjoy the occasional hack around a golf course or game of football. I am also, for my sins, a life-long supporter of West Ham.

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“I see surveying in its various forms as the means of providing one’s own expertise for the benefit of clients….. and satisfied clients make satisfied surveyors”

I joined what was then Daniel B Connal & Partners in 1964 straight from School and retired as Senior Partner of the Daniel Connal Partnership in 2010. I remain actively supporting DCP with its services, particularly those for Ball Hall Projects, whilst acting regularly as a Mediator, Adjudicator, Arbitrator and Expert Witness in my own right.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

My areas of expertise are Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Contract Administration and Dispute Resolution.

When not in the office, family life happily occupies a lot of my time, and I escape to the golf course or fish for trout when time permits. I am also a Trustee of Headway Essex.

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