Built environment

  • Overview

    A nationally recognised practice providing comprehensive service for civil engineering projects, disputes and real estate.

    Our built environment solicitors serve clients working within:

    Our multidisciplinary team draws on lawyers with a range of skills to provide the very best advice to clients operating within these sectors.

    The slow-burn changes ahead for the built environment – from tackling urban congestion and energy security to investing in schools, roads and housing – are relatively predictable, even if the impact of Brexit is harder to second-guess. One thing's certain: there will always be a need for good legal advice if you operate within the built environment sector.

    From conception to funding, construction, completion and use, we work with owners, investors, contractors, property managers and landlords throughout the life cycle of buildings and major infrastructure.

    Our clients include everyone from international contractors, national and regional housebuilders, commercial developers and investors to utilities, transport authorities,  and social housing providers. Many of our clients are household names – just some of the most noted and prestigious projects we've been involved in for blue-chip clients are:

    • The Shard in London
    • £1 billion extension to Manchester's tramway system 
    • £450 million new deepwater port facility, including biomass storage and energy facility and ancillary infrastructure works.
    • Manchester’s Cultural Quarter at First Street
    • Regeneration of East Manchester
    • Former Rio Tinto/ Anglesey Aluminium site at Anglesey, including a planned 299MW Biomass facility and major eco-leisure holiday resort 
    • 4,500 dwelling North East Leicester Sustainable Urban Extension Project
    • £65 million major highways project at Junction 10, M6

    Housebuilding

    Our Housebuilding team offers a full service to residential developers which includes:

    • Advising on deal structures and matters prior to the issuing of Heads of Terms and also assisting and advising on the drafting of Heads of Terms;
    • Land acquisitions and disposals (from straightforward sales and purchases to complicated conditional contracts dealing with deferred payments);
    • Financing issues;
    • Infrastructure and planning agreements;
    • Overage;
    • Promotion Agreements;
    • Option Agreements;
    • Freehold reversion disposals and advising on Landlord and Tenant Act issues
    • Plot sales

    We have an established team serving a client base of regional and national developers to meet their various requirements who has a wealth of experience in dealing with high volume transactions.

    For more information, contact Christopher Grady.

    Infrastructure

    We advise on all aspects of major infrastructure delivery, from development consent and compulsory purchase orders to project finance and construction contracts. We frequently advise on major energy, waste, highways and social infrastructure projects.

    For more information, contact Lee Gordon.

    Property investment

    Acting for private individuals and major institutional investors and all between the Built Environment Group is able to draw upon a wealth of expertise throughout Weightmans' offices. Understanding an ever-shifting market is key to offering sound advice in respect of all types of investment from stand-alone single tenanted properties to shopping centres.

    For more information, contact Cassandra Auld.

    Property development

    The specialist team drawing upon colleagues from across the Built Environment Group provides technical expertise in all aspects of property development alongside a commercial and solution driven approach to the challenges that each particular development project throws up.

    For more information, contact Cassandra Auld.

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    Services Testimonials

    "They are quick to understand problems and are able to provide practical solutions."

    Chambers & Partners 2018

    "I rate them very highly because they are very attentive to clients."

    Chambers & Partners 2018

    Weightmans LLP’s 'responsive' department is commended for its 'personal approach' and has an 'excellent' track record in complex, high-value construction disputes.

    Legal 500 2017

    Respected contentious and non-contentious construction practice, acting for a client base of utility providers, developers, funders and public bodies.

    Chambers & Partners 2016

    Weightmans LLP advised Ligna Biomass on a contract for the manufacture and supply of two continuous ship unloaders for a new biomass storage facility at the Port of Liverpool. John Cleaveley ‘is able to cut to the crux of an issue and focus on the points that are important to the client’.

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