Extra Extra, Read all about it – we are thrilled to share our accomplishments and news of how the business is progressing with our clients.

Let us share what the team are up to on projects, the business and the team, in and out of work!


Our second annual fundraiser

Thank you so much to everyone who came to our second annual fundraiser!


Welcome Southampton Team

Great to have some of our new Southampton contingent joining us for our London team drinks.


Our London office has moved

We’re pleased announce that our London office has moved!


UKREiiF 2024 – Reflections

We have reflected on UKREiiF 2024, we are still smiling, and we had a fantastic time!!


Black Cat at UKREiiF2024!

We had a great few days at UKREiiF2024


Five-a-side football tournament

We want to share our thanks to the Ellandi Team for organising the Ellandi five-a-side football tournament in London last week


Insider Media Property NW Awards

Fantastic night at the Insider Media Property NW Awards!


Welcome back Ollie

Welcome back Ollie, climbing Back to Black Cat!


Come and find us at UKREiiF

Come and find us at UKREiiF this year!


Annual Black Cat Bake Off

Yesterday was our annual Black Cat Bake Off! Another year of yummy treats, with a couple more savouries on the rise again!


Insider Media – Young Professionals Awards

Black Cats had a great night at the Insider Media - Young Professionals Awards, thanks to everyone who came to say hi!


Cheltenham Races

Fantastic weekend at the Cheltenham Races with Inco Contracts!


Spotlight – Lucia Bravo

Part of Black Cat’s façade consultancy team, Lucia has been dubbed one of the coolest Black Cat’s.


Saturday was intense

The Six Nations gave bragging rights to England after a thrilling game, and we sure split a few households across the country!


Spotlight – Simon Wilkinson

With over 20 years of in the surveying industry, Simon has been with Black Cat since 2019, taking pride in client care by putting himself in his client’s shoes.


Photography Competition

In 2023, we challenged our team to a photography competition, themed around “all things Black Cat”.


Great day out at the rugby

Great day out at the rugby this weekend watching England win


Tottenham Court Road

Have you seen our hoarding on Tottenham Court Road??


Ping Pong Tournament

Over 60 people attended our first ever ‘battle the paddles’ in a double elimination ping pong tournament!


Black Cat – 8 Years in

We love speaking about Black Cat, and are amazed at how often we’re asked how we are getting on as a business by our amazing clients and supporters.


Welcome Jonathan, our 45th team member

January sales have treated us well at Black Cat! 2 for the price of 1? We’re kidding!


A warm welcome to Emma Harwood!

Emma prides herself on having over ten years’ experience in commercial building surveying, having previously worked at CBRE, Faithful+Gould (Atkins Réalis) and AG Built Environment.


Merry Christmas

As we wrap up another year, the team have had our Christmas Parties and we’re ready to have a little well deserved break, a mince pie and maybe a sip of something festive…


Reflections on 2023

Looking back at 2023, we’d like to say thanks for another great year from the wonderful Black Cats.., as well as give some laughs for you all.


7-8 Blenheim Road

For those who know Black Cat, we love working on great projects with amazing clients and our fabulous team.


The Hundred

We’re proud to have been part of the amazing team working on the Award Winning One Hundred!


Hijango Bingo

Amazing night with Derwent London at Hijango Bingo!


Merry Hill

Black Cat Building Consultancy was appointed to oversee the strip out and demolition works at the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, working closely with Sovereign Centros.


Royal Mead

We never get tired of what we do, especially as we get to work on fantastic award-winning projects across the UK with other great teams.


Festive shopping season

As the festive shopping season is upon us, we always reflect on the incredible amount of work that goes into producing great spaces for cutting edge retail fitouts.


Congrats Brett

Congratulations to Brett Lea for passing your class1 HGV test. Four of the Black Cat team are now qualified class 1 drivers.


Spotlight – Amie McGagh

At Black Cat, we're proud to have a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about their work and share our commitment to excellence.


Spotlight – Jaime Kwan

Black Cat is an awesome place to work…Don’t take our word for it, this is why Jaime Kwan joined and why she’s stayed


Spotlight – Brett Lea

Continuing to show the industry why Black Cat do things differently, we’re sharing some of the reasons the team enjoy working here.


Spotlight – Lisa Fone

We asked a few of the team to write down "Why" they joined Black Cat and more importantly "Why" they continue to work with us.


Welcome to Laura

Black Cat and our Birmingham team continue to grow, this week we are delighted to welcome Laura Toynton.


Trading Update

August marked the end of our eighth year. Looking back, we have aged, a lot! We have had a lot of fun, we have an amazing team across four offices and we absolutely love supporting our clients.


Solar 120, Complete

Occasionally, a huge opportunity presents itself, an opportunity to not do just another job really well for a client, but an opportunity that makes you uncomfortable, an opportunity that challenges your own understanding and knowledge.


The Surveying Profession & the Elephant in the Room

The elephant in the room remains Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance and its relative cost. I recently interviewed a potential recruit where we got onto the topic of PI.


RAAC & the Media

We have been contacted today by a number of our clients who are concerned about their buildings following the closure of 104 English schools, nurseries and colleges with reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) used in their construction.


Black Cat do Birmingham Phoenix!

Great to see a good win at Edgbaston last night, it was too little too late for the season, but great to finish with a bang!


Ellandi Cricket

Last Thursday, the team took to the crease and faced a few balls in a friendly game of cricket with Ellandi!


Emer’s Birthday

To make sure she had a fantastic time, we took her out to El Gato Negro in Manchester being all things Black Cat and all….


Solar 120 – Episode 3

Black Cat is proud to have worked with CBRE IM on the Solar 120 project in Warrington.


Happy Pride

Happy Pride Month to all our wonderfully diverse clients, friends and family. We hope you all had a great Global Pride Day !


Project Update

Great to see our projects progressing in Birmingham.


Solar 120 Launch

This week, we were delighted to be part of the Solar 120 launch event


The Answer Is Always Yes!

Client: … “I would like to install some basketball nets, adjacent to the new building.”


Great to see progress being made at Lumiere in Clapham

Specification Reports, Hoarding up, What’s next? 


Two Cats, One City

Black Cat pawed their way over to Lucky Cat’s official opening on King Street today!


Return of the Mack

Green with envy… fans of Black Cat see Birmingham open with the Return of the Mack!


Insider NW Property Awards

Great night last night, was lovely to see two of our clients' assets be nominated at the Insider NW Property Awards!


May the Fourth be with You


We’ve let the cake settle! Black Cat Annual Bake Off!

Now we’ve let the cake settle, we will be crowning four winners this year in the Black Cat offices!


Lights out and away we go!

It’s lights out and away we go. The team have now set off on day 1 of cycling around Ibiza for SameYou!


A clean slate – before and after pics of a warehouse fitout!

Cheers to another job well done in Manchester this week, completing the project three weeks earlier than schedule.


Black Cat’s First Ever Fundraiser

A huge thanks to everyone who attended our Black Cat SameYou Charity fundraiser in Manchester!


Happy International Women’s Day!

Regardless of gender, our fantastic professionals are remunerated equally and the business is completely transparent.


A Hardcastle to Build Bristol – Welcome Luke

Let’s give a very warm welcome to Luke Hardcastle, joining the Black Cat Team as a Director for our Bristol Office and supporting our growing Black Cat team!


The Cat who got the cream, and we’re over the moon

As we continually develop and move forward, we’ve taken another step in supporting our clients who need us to meet their compliance needs.


Façade Team CPD

Our Façade Team have been busy delivering on some more CPD in London at the RICS Northeast London branch, providing an insight in Façade Fire Safety and Performance. 


Black Cat and ESG

Our vision is to be different, a little disruptive whilst remaining relevant, credible and dynamic. The world evolves at speed and we have been evolving, to offer ESG advice that is practical and relevant to our clients.


Official opening at Sandon House

Great to see the fabulous flexible space created at Sandon House being used as it was intended, at its official opening. 


Expedition Complete!

In 2022, Black Cat was invited by a major client to co-sponsor an expedition to the South Pole - in the early hours of Wednesday 11th January 2023...


Ironman 70.3 World Championships – Fundraising!

Having qualified for the race back in 2019 at Staffs 70.3, I was already aware of what of a difference a day makes… let alone two years!


Solar 120 Project – Episode 2 – Green Power!

With ‘green energy and decarbonisation pathways of the future on the Agenda at COP27, there’s no better time to share some of the great work we are delivering for our clients.


The final “cherry on top”

The final “cherry on top” this month for the London office is Tom Cherry.


Second on our list to join the naughty forties is Steve Alton!

Second on our list to join the naughty forties is Steve Alton!


Can we get applause for hitting the “big 40”?

Can we get applause for hitting the “big 40”? As Black Cat grows, we hit 40 team members this month! 


Work week away

Last week, the whole team met in Huntsham to catch up over a 'few' drinks.


Giving to Ukraine

Good luck to Stephen Barnes and all the team, who are part of Giving to Ukraine who depart with their third convoy of aid tonight.


F1 Budapest!

This weekend, Black Cat and some fantastic clients hopped over to Hungary to watch the Formula 1.


Black Cat vs Ellandi

The Black Cat vs Ellandi cricket game was a competitive one, with Ellandi batting first, hitting 103 runs!


Talk about record breaking!!!

Over 68,600 people attended the game to support England v Austria, a new record for the tournament.


Go Black Cat Go!

Three Black Cats donned tight, stretchy clothes, some for the first time!, to take part in the fantastic JLL Property Triathlon.


Congratulations to Ian

Congratulations to Ian, our Operations and Marketing Director at Black Cat, for passing their drone flight assessments last week!


A quintessentially British day out at

The Black Cat team enjoyed a day out Henley Regatta – Sun, rain, rowing, drinks and laughter with some amazing clients making it a fantastic day for all! 


Everyone is Awesome

This week to celebrate Pride Month, we at Black Cat have been having a bit of fun in the offices to raise awareness internally, and through social media platforms.


Solar 120 Project – Episode 1

It’s always great to be involved with clients and suppliers on ground-breaking projects and this is no exception.


Congratulations to the City of Bradford

Congratulations to the City of Bradford on winning City of Culture 2025, taking on the crown from Coventry!


Congratulations to Nicole

We would like to congratulate one of our long-standing Black Cat family members, Nicole Rosebury, on her passing of a certificate in Management Accounting with CIMA!


Listed building brought into the 21st century

On the outskirts of Manchester’s developing Northern Quarter, Black Cat Building Consultancy was appointed to Project Manage and process a tenant handover for 35 Dale Street.


Great Manchester Run

This Sunday, two of the Black Cat accounts team will run the Great Manchester Run for their chosen Charities.


Waggons roll again

Following the success of the aid convoy by the team at “Ukraine Equestrian Relief”, Stephen Barnes at Black Cat sets off on the second aid convoy to support those in need from the continuing atrocities throughout the Ukraine.


Introducing Adam Austin

We are just over a third of the way through the year and we are welcoming our fourth Black Cat Member – Adam, welcome to the Black Cat family!


Manchester Marathon

Black Cats took to the streets of Manchester this weekend with the Therme Manchester Marathon


Ukraine Equestrian Relief – First Mission Complete

 “First Mission Complete”, those were the words of Stephen Barnes and the Team at Ukraine Equestrian Relief as they returned to the UK after eight days on the Polish Ukraine Border. 


Birch Coppice Business Park

Black Cat were instructed by CBRE Global Investors to monitor the a project on a 47,250 sq. ft. warehouse unit at Plot 1, Birch Coppice Business Park, Tamworth, Staffordshire.


Black Cat’s join the Manchester Marathon

Black Cats Marek Baldwin, Ben Golby and Ian Barnes will be Running / Walking / Crawling the Manchester Marathon on 3rd April.


Ukraine Equestrian Relief

Stephen Barnes, one of the founders of Black Cat Building Consultancy - has helped head-up Ukraine Equestrian Relief, supporting the relief efforts of the troubles in Ukraine and those fleeing the atrocities.


Verastar Limited – 5th Floor Barlow House

Located next to Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester City Centre, Black Cat assisted in achieving a commercial settlement to end our client’s lease


Coleg Menai – Plot 10 Parc Menai

Black Cat wereasked to assist in preparing a Schedule of Dilapidations on behalf of the Landlord at Parc Menai in Bangor.


International Women’s Day 2022 #breakthebias

Happy International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is #breakthebias –“Imagine a gender equal world, free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.”


Ash Vipat Joins Our Amazing Façade Team

Black Cat are thrilled to introduce a new façade Associate Director to our Manchester Team, Ash Vipat.


Introducing Penny Martin

After an incredible 2021, and as we continue to expand, we are delighted to introduce another Finance Administrator to our Manchester Office, Penny Martin.


Black Cat’s First Client Survey

Following on from an amazing 2021 we are intrigued to discover what feedback we receive from our amazing clients, ready for the year ahead.


New Year New Face

To kick off the new year, we welcome Ian Barnes to Black Cat as our Operations and Marketing Director, working across all three offices.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Black Cat Team

We are very excited to introduce another director to our London team, Matt Nixon.


We welcome 2021’s final director… Stephen Flower

We are very excited to introduce another director to our London team, Matt Nixon.


Another London Director… Matt Nixon

We are very excited to introduce another director to our London team, Matt Nixon.


Grab Your Setchell

Welcome onboard Tom Setchell who has joined Black Cat in our London office


Black Cats First Quantity Surveyor

We are very excited to announce Black Cats first Quantity Surveyor, Danny Speakman.


RICS Fire Safety Conference 2021

Last week, Black Cat attended the RICS Fire Safety Conference 2021 which was held over 2 days.


Bristol’s Grade II listed Lead Shot Tower Project

Black Cat are delighted to be involved in an exciting new conservation project for our client, The Workforce Development Trust Limited at the grade II listed Lead Shot Tower in the centre of Bristol


VAUX Life development in Sunderland

This week we carried out our final inspection on our VAUX Life development in Sunderland.


Office refurbishment in the World Heritage Site of central Bath

We are very excited to be working with CBRE Global Investors EMEA, on Royal Mead, a 24,700sq ft office refurbishment in the World Heritage Site of central Bath.


Six new additions to the Black Cat family

As we continue to expand, we are delighted to welcome six new additions to the Black Cat family


The Best Facade Team in the Business

If you need additional proof that we’re working with the most experienced façade team in the business, then look no further!


Black Cats Turn Clowns for Rainbow Week

Last week our admin team took part in ThreeSixty Architecture’s “Rainbow Week” challenge...


Capital Cats Continue to Expand!

As we continue to expand in London, we have another new face to share with you…


59 PPM’s for Derwent London, In a Lockdown… SMASHED IT!

Over the last few months, we have prepared planned maintenance surveys and facade fire risk assessments for Derwent London, one of the largest property portfolios in the Capital.


Beeswift, Ready When You Are!

So today is the day that we promised the Landlord, CBRE GI, and the new Tenant, Beeswift, that they would have early access to their new distribution warehouse and dock facilities at TheHub in Birmingham to enable their process of site orientation and training for their staff.


Introducing… Mike Linnane

Following the busiest start to the year any of us can remember, we’re continuing to take steps to increase our capacity and to ensure we can continue to meet our client’s needs.


Bradford Council announce formal contract with Kier for the development of Darley Street Market

Black Cat Building Consultancy are delighted with the announcement that Bradford Council have entered into a formal contract with Kier Group for the development of the Darley Street Market.


What a Difference 12 Months Makes…

It is fantastic to see this office refurbishment project in central Bristol start to come to fruition, thanks Lisa for sharing this great after image!


Capital Cats Continue to Grow

Following an amazing 2020 and an unbelievably busy start to 2021, we are delighted to welcome two new stars to work alongside us in our London office!


The Importance of a Well Written PPM!

We recently completed planned maintenance surveys of circa 1,000,000sqft of retail space in three shopping centres in the Midlands & North of England.


Inverness Site Progress

Despite the minus fifteen-degree temperatures, good progress is being made on this roof replacement up in Inverness!


VAUX Life Façade Consultancy Project Taking Shape

Our façade consultancy team are monitoring the façade installation at the ongoing VAUX Life development in Sunderland city centre, and everything’s looking great on site!


Black Cat’s Façade Guru Keynote Speaker at RICS Dilapidations Conference

A sign of how far the company's come over the last five years, our very own Diego Alves delivered one of the keynote speeches as part of last weeks’ RICS #Dilapidations #Conference.


Grab Your Setchell!

Welcome onboard Tom Setchell who has joined Black Cat in our London office to bolster resource and ensure we are at full strength prior to Halloween, whilst some of our other staff take time out to fly around the country on their broomsticks!


A HUGE Thank You and Happy Holidays to All

As 2020 draws to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank our incredible clients (and to show off our fantastic panto troupe!).


Professional Indemnity – A Consultants Promise

Professional indemnity (PI) insurance is an insurance policy that reputable consultants maintain to protect their clients and employees against loss, in the event that the level of service provided by them, falls below that which could have reasonably been expected from a competent professional.


Ben Golby on teams, Burnley and becoming five!

To celebrate reaching the ripe old age of five, in the blink of an eye, we thought it would be a good idea to share some thoughts!


Reminiscence – Birth of BC Bristol!

Ever wondered what it’s like to open up a new office all on your own? Then read on and re-live the experience with Ollie Folkes of Black Cat’s Bristol Office.


A chance to give back

James Dyson looks back on the last 5 years of Black Cat. As we approach our 5th Birthday I have taken a moment to consider what we have achieved in the last 5 years and, whilst I am incredibly proud of the business successes that we have experienced...


Another fantastic opportunity for the facade consultancy team

Another fantastic opportunity for the facade consultancy team to work with amazing clients Qbic Hotels on John Dalton House in Manchester where the contractor is making great progress.


A Case Study in Listed Façades

Earlier this year we project managed repair and remedial works at the Grade II* listed Bridge Street façade at the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Chester.


Time to reflect

As Black Cat turns 5 years old, founding director Stephen Barnes reflects on his career in the commercial property industry. I walked into the office this morning for the first time in several months and since the start of lockdown...


Shevington Community Facility Completes

Three years after first becoming involved in this project, we finally handed over the keys to Shevington Sharks ARLFC and Shevington FC for their new community facility, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.


Black Cat Building Consultancy appoints additional Director to Bristol office

Following continued support from amazing clients and an increasing number of large projects, Black Cat Building Consultancy has appointed another Director, Matt Garwood in their Bristol office.


Black Cat Continue to Expand in the Capital

Black Cat Building Consultancy are continuing to grow their London offering following continued success in Manchester and Bristol. Black Cat, who have taken offices adjacent to the iconic Borough Market, have recruited again from familiar grounds with two more Directors from CBRE who each offer a wealth of experience.


Epsilon Real Estate confirm acquisition of Park House, Leeds

Epsilon Real Estate Partners have confirmed the acquisition of Park House, a striking 20,000 sq ft mixed-use building overlooking Park Square in Leeds.


51 Months Stats Update

Several months shy of our fifth anniversary, here's a quick stats update to show our progression over the last year.


APAM Launch Revamped Number 60 Spring Gardens

Black Cat’s wide-reaching involvement in the refurbishment of the iconic 60 Spring Gardens in Manchester city centre has yielded fantastic results.


“Bravo” as Black Cat Doubles Facade Team

Black Cat Building Consultancy have announced that former CBRE Director Lucía Bravo, an experienced Façade Engineer and Architect will join Diego Alves as part of Black Cat’s Façade Consultancy Team.


Your Property and Fire

Black Cat's in-house Façade Consultancy are advising clients on a number of high-risk properties. Here is what you need to be aware of..


Black Cat Leap into Fifth Year

A new London Office, a specialist Façade Consultancy Team, a new brand identity and a new website have all been announced as Black Cat Building Consultancy enters its fifth year of business.


McGagh Becomes a Black Cat

Black Cat Building Consultancy has made another key hire as the firm moves into its fifth year by welcoming Amie McGagh, formerly of AHR, into their Manchester office.


Exciting Times at Black Cat

Exciting times...three amazing Directors to join the Black Cat team to maintain those very high standards that we provide.


Bradford City Centre Overhaul Gets The Green Light

The overhaul of the former M&S building in Bradford’s Darley Street has been approved, allowing a great opportunity Black Cat’s Eric Roberts and Marek Baldwin to manage a fantastic project on behalf of Bradford City Council.


Highlights from 2018

One of our highlights from 2018 has to be undertaking the technical due diligence on ‘The Ivy’ and ‘Oast House’ in Spinningfields.


Business is a team sport

James Dyson of Black Cat Building Consultancy discusses the value of team sport in developing essential life skills and explains how Black Cat are putting their money where their mouth is by giving their time free of charge to help project manage a new build Recreational and Community Centre.


When size does matter

Chris Bright of Black Cat Building Consultancy discusses the importance of accurate site drawings


Black Cat Fone’s a Friend

Black Cat Building Consultancy have announced further growth in the South of England by appointing Lisa Fone as Director in its Bristol Office.


Black Cat opens Southern Office in Bristol.

The independent building consultancy business launched in 2015 by three former CBRE colleagues has this month opened a second office to support new and existing clients across the South of England.


Folkes moves from CBRE to Black Cat

Further to Black Cat Building Consultancy opening their new office in Bristol, they have simultaneously recruited Oliver Folkes, former Head of CBRE’s Bristol Building Consultancy


Eric – Insider Blog

I have been around for some time now and the latest developments in dilapidations has driven me to print (new phrase Blog!) for about the second time in 40 years.


Ellandi Announces Partner of the Year

Ben Golby, Director and Co-Founder of Black Cat Building Consultancy was announced as Ellandi’s Partner of the year for 2017 at the annual Ellandi Centre Managers Conference that took place in May.


North West Property Awards 2018

We are delighted that Black Cat have been shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award at the North West Property Awards 2018


Two Baldwin’s are Better Than One

On its approach to its third birthday and due to the continued growth of its business, Black Cat Building Consultancy began the search for a new Senior recruit and are delighted to have found them, albeit a little closer to home than they expected.


Consent secured for Runcorn manufacturer

Nexus Planning, supported by building consultancy Black Cat, has secured planning permission for Sandon Global’s new headquarters at the Manor Park Industrial Estate in Runcorn.


Black Cat’s New Year brings New Faces

Black Cat Building Consultancy have started 2018 with yet more growth with the addition of two more recruits: Chris Bright and Nicole Rosebury.


Roberts Signs for Black Cat

Black Cat Building Consultancy has made another very senior signing as the firm moves into its second year with the addition of Eric Roberts, formerly of Cushman and Wakefield.


Black Cat Recruits McBride

Black Cat Building Consultancy, the Manchester based firm established by former CBRE colleagues Barnes, Golby and Dyson has signed another former CBRE colleague, Stuart McBride.


Black Cat Goes Wild

Black Cat Building Consultancy, the Manchester based firm established by former CBRE colleagues Barnes, Golby and Dyson, has doubled in size in its first three months.


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