Debussy is a specialist development and project management practice, owned and operated for the last 20 years by Stuart Wigg and Catherine Braithwait.
We provide services throughout London efficiently guiding homeowners, property investors, independent builders and developers through pre-construction, construction and post construction phases to drive down project costs by using our knowledge of key markets and by ensuring we have a detailed understanding of the brief.
Our experienced project management team understand the challenges of the construction industry’s complex inter-related processes and steer projects efficiently through relevant regulations and legislation.
Debussy works closely with every client from the proposal stage to completion to ensure they maintain close control of every aspect of quality, cost, programming, delivery and safety.
Getting to the stage where your planning has been approved for the entire works that you want to undertake can often or not be more difficult and stressful than the build.
From Local Planning Authorities and independent district surveyors to English Heritage, Debussy manage the content and engagement to ensure that every application fulfils the individual requirements of the client with the necessary detailed documentation required for the local authority. We ensure that all reasonable efforts are made from the outset to obtain approval for the submitted project.
Once a decision has been made, we can help you overcome and discharge any inevitable conditions of approval and once we receive planning, we can work alongside the contractor to ensure that any conditions of approval do not end up adding dramatic cost to the project.
Our wealth of experience will help us foresee any issues so that we can implement changes with the design phase to eliminate any costly changes once the build has started.
We work closely with our trusted design partners to ensure all our clients receive the most effective design in accordance with their initial objectives and we will monitor the entire process to ensure that the final design fits within the clients budget and timeframe.
Effectively managing budgets for each client with total transparency is our principle goal. It is our responsibility to agree a budget with our clients that is reasonable and fair for the stated design proposal. We will advise you on the various forms of procurement options and tendering procedures that are available to you for your project and will ensure that we invite the project to be tendered by a suitable list of contractors for this particular scheme to reduce the risk of any increased cost later down the line. Once building works have started on site, we will receive interim valuations directly from the contractor, which will all be assessed before a certificate for payment is issued.
Debussy will create and monitor a structured works programme so that we finish the project within budget and on time. It is often inevitable to have some delays, but we will identify these quickly and after some close investigation we can establish who is to be held accountable for these delays and costs. Often necessary changes do arise, at this point we will advise our client of the best course of action and obtain approval for all changes to keep within budget.
Our project management and administration team provide a single point of contact for clients and contractors.
We provide an entirely flexible custom service built around each client’s specific requirements. We provide comprehensive fee proposals to our prospective clients; these carry no fee’s or obligation to proceed. We provide our initial proposals promptly following our first meeting and will be focused on the specific requirements of the proposed project.
Our flexible service structure below is a guide to the services you may require during the construction of your project.
Pre-Construction Project Management – Fixed fees
Contract Administration – Fixed fees for valuations
Build phase Project Management – Sliding fee scale based upon percentage of build cost.
We will quote fixed fees where the extent of project is defined at the fee proposal stage
Debussy has an experienced and dedicated team that provide a bespoke property search and acquisition service. We act on behalf of private individuals, trusts, charities and limited companies to source potential properties, and give advice to clients on all property sectors, with particular expertise in residential property within central London.
Our 15 years’ experience in dealing with residential and commercial acquisitions allow us to: identify suitable acquisition opportunities, produce unbiased appraisals, give experienced advice on the quality of the investment; and give impartial guidance throughout the property acquisition.
Our wealth of knowledge and relationships with property owners, investors, property agents and auctioneers assure that you will get ample opportunity to acquire both, on and off market properties.
We preview multiple properties prior to the viewing tour to create an accurate shortlist of properties tailored to each clients specific requirements.
We arrange and accompany on all viewings of shortlisted properties and provide a general critique as required.
We use our experience and longstanding relationships with estate agents to secure the property and ensure that the transaction is swiftly and effectively completed.
We work closely with your legal representative in reviewing the legal documentation and provide advice on any property related issues. One of our acquisitions team will attend all legal meetings on your behalf.
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"I have both purchased and sold properties through Braithwait. They also manage a rental property for me. From start to end Stuart and his team offer a fantastic and highly personal service. Above and beyond helpful. I can't recommend them enough!"Tracy Shaw - Google Review
"From sale to purchase - Stuart and his team were with us all the way! They coordinated with a solicitor, mortgage broker, movers and even cleaners to make the transition from selling our old home to moving into a new one seamless. We would wholeheartedly recommend Braithwait!"Livia Mordant - Google Review
"Can’t go wrong with Braithwait, Stuart and everyone else really endeavoured to find me the perfect property. They clearly understand the local area very well."Jordan Swailes - Google Review
"I would highly recommend this independent local agent. They went above and beyond the call of duty in every aspect of my tenancy and I am eternally grateful for all the staff who were so helpful and kind."Lina Elliot - Google Review
I couldn't have been happier with the service provided by Braithwait in helping me find a new rental property. The Lettings Manager, Luke, went above and beyond in meeting my needs and exceeding my expectations. He was always available to answer any questions and I felt the service provided by him and his team to be personal and of very high quality. I would highly recommend Braithwait.Elyse Waller - Google Review
"Rui was really human with us. He is extremely professional, organised and helpful. He is smart, calm. He made our move-in easy. If you want to get the same experience I would suggest him."Fleurine F - Google Review