Assessing the storm damage


Members of the property management team at Miller Commercial have been out surveying the damage to clients’ buildings around the coastline including cafes, restaurants and shops.

Damage to the walkways and decking of the Fistral Beach complex
Damage to the walkways and decking at the Fistral Beach complex

Associate Nick Maffey was at the Fistral Beach International Surf Centre Complex at Newquay today (January 8) examining the building and making sure measures are in place to mitigate, as much as possible, against further damage.

The Council, too, has been busy strategically placing large boulders in front of the damaged area of the building to prevent further sand erosion around the foundations.

Maffey said: “Managing a property built literally on a beach always throws unique climatic challenges, but I don’t think anyone could have foreseen such severe and protracted weather conditions as we’ve encountered over the last week.

“Safety is of paramount importance, so we are liaising with insurers and co-ordinating building repair work to be carried out to the beach front decking and walkways as soon as possible.

“Dealing with the effects of weather damage on the business premises means more than just cleaning up the flood damage, you also need to get the business operational as quickly as possible.

“We’re liaising with the tenants, in this case the owners of several retail stores, the Surf Hire Shop, Surf School and café to make sure business continues in a safe and clean environment.”