Quantity Surveying Services
Having had a rigorous training I can offer quantity surveying services for all your construction projects. From preliminary cost advice, through project procurement methods, access to cost data relevant to the project, tendering, valuation of construction work and cost control.
Preliminary Cost Advice
Practical advice can be given on the likely cost of a project. Cost studies and advice on alternative design solutions, structural forms, choice of materials, construction sequence and maintenance cost can also be prepared. With this information a detailed cost plan can be developed for budgetary control.
I can supply the knowledge and tools required in the selection of the "right" contractors and suppliers for any given project. No two projects are the same. Each has individual challenges requiring individual solutions.
Cost planning is a specialist technique that aims to help all the members of the construction team to arrive jointly at practical designs for a project and stay within the budget.
When the client decides to change the plans and introduces variations the cost implications can be rapidly assessed. Constant monitoring ensures the risk of overspending can be spotted early and prompt corrective action taken.
Competitive tendering of one kind or another remains the usual basis for construction contracts. Where other tendering procedures are appropriate, I can assist in exploring alternatives.
Valuation of Construction Work
In most construction contracts, the contractor is paid monthly. I can value the work carried out on the project each month and submit a recommendation for payment. I can also prepare the final account and prepare statements of expenditure for tax or accountancy purposes.
Cost Control & Financial Management
Cost control is one of the most important processes in any capital project. The basic objectives are to give the client good value for money, achieve the required balance of expenditure between the various parts of the project, and keep the final expenditure within the client's approved budget.
In principle, cost control consists of three basic steps;
1. establishing an overall cost target
2. checking any deviations
3. taking remedial action where necessary
In practice, the process of cost control embraces a range of activities for example, cost checking during the design stage, cost reconciliation during the tendering stage, and cost monitoring during the construction stage. Periodic financial reports enable clients to anticipate and control their future financial commitments.