According to the SCSI and RICS guidance notes a sinking fund is formed by periodically setting aside money for the replacement of a wasting asset (for example, major items of plant and equipment, such as heating and air-conditioning plant, lifts, etc.). It is usually intended that a sinking fund will be set up and collected over the whole life of the wasting asset while a reserve fund is formed to meet the anticipated future costs of maintenance and upkeep in order to avoid fluctuations, or an anticipated large, one-off increase in the amount of service charge payable each year (for example, regularly recurring items such as external cleaning and redecorations).
Many commercial leases provide that tenants in commercial property should contribute to a sinking or reserve fund. This fund is then accessed on an as-needed basis by the landlord for capital works such as the repair or replacement of faulty or end-of-life Assets.
What this means is that you as a tenant will be asked to contribute to the fund based on the assets within your occupied area. We recommend an independent Asset Lifecycle Analysis should be carried out to determine the basis for what your contribution to this fund should be.
Acacia regularly conduct these exercises for for commecial landlords and clients occupying full buildings. Our processes and methodologies combine years of industry experience routed in a deep understanding of Asset Management.
Our team of experts can:
- Compile an asset register of the M&E elements of the building.
- Assess the condition of the assets.
- Draw up a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) programme to identify the required cyclical maintenance and eventual replacement programmes in the next 5-10 years.
- Present a full cost analysis and recommended contribution amount over the next thirty years of the life of a building.
Acacia has provided Workplace solutions for BG Group for over two years and in that time I have found both the service and the software system they use to manage the business to be of the highest standard. The software system Acacia has developed is fundamentally based on industry best practice and they have used their expertise to innovate and to develop the software product which has significantly contributed to BG Group delivering a high-quality service that is very cost-effective.
Acacia, in my opinion are unique in the market because they develop end user-led software solutions to deliver exceptional Workplace solutions for their clients.
Business Service Manager, BG Group