Quantity surveying

Whatever the type, scale or size of project, accurate cost control is essential. Cost planning is the vital role provided by our Quantity Surveyors, but there is so much more. As Cost Consultants, it is imperative that we consider the wide range of factors that can influence a project to ensure that, from conception through to completion, any construction project gives value for money and comes in on budget. Risks, options and procurement methods all play a part in the advice we provide clients. Our team understand the need to accurately manage cost throughout the life of a project, adding value where possible throughout. We will work with you throughout the project developing robust cost reports, preparing tender documents and arranging contracts during the pre-construction period. We will then monitor construction costs, deal with changes and agree final accounts during construction and after completion.

Contract administration & Employer’s Agent

With greater pressure than ever before to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget, professional contract administration of the construction process is vital. From the initial design through to completion, we offer the full range of Contract Administration and Employer’s Agent services to match our clients’ timescales, budgets and visions. The level of complexity can increase as projects develop and our experience in dealing with challenges and opportunities is exceptional. With a true and deep understanding of our clients’ objectives, we can transform them into Employer’s Requirements for contract purposes. We provide advice on implications affecting the site and building design, use and cost. Our services within the Employer’s Agent remit extend to having a key role in handover and the subsequent management of the defect process. Our expertise allows our clients to make sure projects are delivered on time and on budget.

Project management

When considering a building project, be it construction, refurbishment or fit out, clients face challenges that include capturing the project brief, fast moving programme needs and other competing demands; all against a challenging financial backdrop. Whether it is a single fit-out project, a programme of phased works or a complex niche scheme, our project management skills enable our clients to achieve their business needs. As Technical Project Managers, we perform effectively within tight time-scales, keep within strict budgets and aim to create a positive client environment. Risk management, change control and project planning are just some of the skills we can bring to your project.

Clerk of Works

As a Clerk of Works we monitor the work Contractors carry out for our Clients. As such, our primary responsibility is to make certain that all works are delivered to our Client’s specification, standards and schedule. Key aspects of the Clerk of Works role include: making visual inspections; familiarity with legal requirements and what constitutes compliance; a robust working knowledge of health and safety legislation, bringing any shortfalls to the attention of those concerned; and using all relevant drawings and written instructions as a reference point for inspecting the work. We keep records of all works throughout project progression within the respective site diary to ensure that records exist of all Clerk of Works activities.

Principal Designer

The role of Principal Designer goes further than a health and safety box ticking exercise (see our article on why here). Our work as PD will ensure that health and safety is considered at each stage of the developing design, providing constructive and client-vision driven oversight and advice. Most importantly, the role enables us to challenge the design team to identify, control and manage risk. By doing this at these early stages, it can reduce cost, improve buildability and increase health and safety throughout the lifecycle of the project.