JCA Design & Project Management

The Old Telephone Exchange, Wimbledon:

At JCA, all projects we undertake are different. That’s why the services we offer are, and have to be, bespoke. Offering outstanding commercial core services in Commercial Project Management and Design; Dilapidation; and Building Surveying, JCA have 14 years of experience and expertise in these key areas. Indeed, visit www.jcassociates.co.uk to see the full range of what we can do for/with your company.
…….and we love a project at JCA.

So, when long-standing client, commercial landlord Gregory Wilson, contacted us regarding an office refurbishment in Wimbledon SW19, it was right up our street. And we were soon on theirs…..Compton Road.


The Old Telephone Exchange is an attractive 9500 square foot four-storey period building, and one that we had worked on previously with Greg. And as JCA’s Senior Building Surveyor Steve Latham explains, this was a very personal project for Greg.

“Yes, Greg is someone who we have worked extensively with before. His father was a solicitor who practised in, and actually owned, The Old Telephone Exchange building, and so there was a real sense of legacy for Greg. We fully took that on board throughout this project”

You might ask why were JCA chosen by Greg to work with him on this project? JCA’s Managing Director Jonathan Cornes answers.

“Greg is very particular in what he wants. After working with us before he knows our standards are as high as his. He knows the levels of expertise and experience we have within the company. For example, both me and Stuart have extensive knowledge and experience in project management, whilst Steve is highly-skilled in design. We also have a number of offices across the country, which ensures that we are highly visible and flexible too, and so we are able to provide a bespoke yet personable service. This also includes interior design – something that many others don’t offer”.

What did the process involve?

Greg himself confirms the above, and also notes that the level of client service from JCA is second-to-none. It’s not just services, but the people themselves, too…..

“Working with a company with a great track record and whom I can trust is hugely important to me. As well as buying their services and expertise, I also get the personal side of them, too.

JCA is a very professional yet personable company, and they’re also very easy to work with, too. Time can often be hugely important, and so it’s important that I get the answers, information and support I need in a very straightforward, no-nonsense way. That’s what I get with JCA”.

In a highly desirable location near the centre of Wimbledon village, The Old Telephone Exchange is an attractive multi-let office building that now hosts a range of companies inside. JCA’s remit was to convert remaining lower ground storage space into highly desirable office space.

After initially being instructed by Greg, JCA measured up the building and produced a scheme design and plans including detailed schedule of work. Once agreed, JCA issued these to vetted contractors for the tendering process to obtain market costs. The process is outlined by Steve…..

The Process

“Yes, we produce a pack with all detailed information in, including the necessary health and safety details”, he comments. “This includes an overview and all costings. We then send this out to a range of highly experienced, selected contractors, and when we get an itemised breakdown of costs we query any anomalies before choosing the contractor that we feel will do an outstanding job on the project for the client”.

Duncan Barber Builders were our chosen contractors, a well-established and well-regarded company that JCA have worked with regularly in the past, and who did a fantastic job in turning our plans and designs into reality here, too.

The Old Telephone Exchange project was completed this year, and is a great example of what we at JCA do through our core services, which will give you control, protection, and knowledge:

Project Management What we do allows you to do what you do! At JCA, we will project manage, from start to finish, or perhaps just one part. And we manage all the dynamics too, be they technical, risk, costs, or people – giving you the ultimate peace of mind.

Dilapidations Gain peace of mind that your interests are protected to the highest level. Our expert Dilapidations Surveyors produce detailed Schedule of Conditions and Terminal Dilapidation Reports for both landlords and tenants, including costs so you can evaluate your position clearly.

Building Surveying JCA will give you the knowledge to make informed decisions as we cover all aspects of your building and provide an explanation of the key defects, alongside recommendations on how to repair.

Why JCA?

With a strong presence across the country and with a highly-skilled staff, we are the preferred choice of Buildings and Project Consultants for a number of commercial landlords in UK towns and cities who want to amplify the value and worth of their properties.

If you are unsure what to do with your commercial space: from new-builds to re-developments and everything in between, please don’t hesitate to contact us at JCA. You’ll get the (independent) advice, service, and support that your company needs, wants, and deserves.

The Next Steps

For more information call 01782 209203 and our specialist project monitors will be happy to help.