Bill of Quantities
Our Bill preparation service is based on two core principles – speed and accuracy. We understand the pressure that tender and procurement timescales put on both clients and contractors alike and we ensure that we deliver every time.
Our measurement software enables our team to process the information quickly and accurately, which provides an electronic record of what has been measured. The final product is always concise and in accordance with our client’s requirements.
Whilst we recommend and put measures in place to avoid and mitigate contract disputes wherever possible, in this ever changing market claims within the contract have become more frequent.
Using our dedicated quantity surveying and programming teams we have the required skill, expertise and extensive experience in dealing with and mitigating contractual disputes, ensuring that our client’s risks are properly managed at all stages.
Cost Planning and Cost Management
One of our core skills is providing cost advice at every stage of a project - from feasibility estimates based on conceptual sketches, including cost planning as the design develops - through to post contract cost management.
Our ethos is always to challenge designers to achieve the most efficient solution whilst maintaining the product quality and we use our extensive experience and benchmark data as well as our expert procurement understanding to achieve this. Cost management at all stages of the project requires a range of skills that we provide.
We are experts in preparing development and financial viability assessments for our clients. Working on numerous tenures from small to large developments, we have provided comprehensive evaluations of risk during a project’s lifecycle, including both contractual and tender stages.
Providing a responsive service with instantaneous scenario testing provides our clients with the edge for achieving their strategic objectives. We have utilised our expertise and software skills to develop a residual land valuation model to appraise land values and margins. Ultimately, our aim is to balance the line between risk and reward and provide our clients with the basis to make an informed decision.
Our expertise allows us to provide our clients with an accurate estimate of build costs from a very early stage in the design process. We understand that our clients don’t want to accrue design fees on schemes that won’t progress and so we have developed a tool using our benchmark databases to provide very quick and accurate estimates and to highlight project risks, based on little more than sketches.
Our responsive approach to this task enables our clients to make quick but well-informed business case decisions at the very outset of a project.
Our expertise allows us to provide innovative procurement advice to all of our clients. We provide advice to help clients consider alternative types of procurement and tailor our services to suit individual clients and their projects.
We are experienced construction managers and are always readily prepared to ‘collaborate with the supply chain’, which provides a level of added value to our clients in understanding the current market. Value exists in the supply chain and our clients regularly seek our advice to extract the value whilst balancing the level of risk involved. Our multi-disciplined approach allows us to bring in specific skills and expertise adding value to our procurement advice.
Using our experience and knowledge we can accurately evaluate risk within a project to ensure our client is completely informed.
Prior to purchasing sites we advise on the level of risk adopted by our clients and also the potential benefits that can be achieved to assist with their strategic decisions.
Our risk engineering techniques ensure that any risks can be managed, alleviated at design stage where possible and then continually assessed and challenged throughout the project.
As risk managers, we work with our clients on project objectives to achieve specific targets and desired results. Since risks need to be identifiable, quantified and managed, we compile risk registers, analyse the risks in order to build a risk profile for the project and complete a risk analysis.
We are long-standing members of the Institute of Value Management.
Our value engineering seeks to maximise value within a particular solution, looking to reduce the cost of a building whilst maintaining quality. Our value engineers analyse information, offer alternatives, evaluate and present the best solutions for our clients.
By cost planning, value engineering, programming and construction sequencing, we seek to provide best value to each and every project. We regularly hold workshops to challenge the value of design and also seek to apply our construction management expertise to add best value to all schemes.
As a Practice we aim to eliminate unnecessary costs at design stage and aspire to obtain the best possible value in terms of performance, workmanship and programme. We apply this philosophy to each commission.
When providing whole-life costing advice we apply principles of the Office for Government Commerce's definition of best value: “The optimum combination of whole-life costing and quality to meet the user requirements, is the relationships between long term costs and the benefit achieved by clients that represents value for money".
We deliver a variety of whole-life advice including advising on capital expenditure plans, maintenance strategies, LCC BREEAM Credits and whole-life cost option analyses for our clients to plan the building’s life cycle. Using the expertise from both quantity and building surveying teams, we combine the technical knowledge and cost experience of maintaining a building to provide a best value proposal to our clients.
Financial Viability Assessment
We are experts in preparing financial viability assessments for our clients. We have many years’ experience of preparing development appraisals and successfully apply these skills in the planning process.
Our bespoke software model is ideal for preparing and demonstrating to clients and Planners alike how their schemes work in viability terms. It gives greater flexibility and increased responsiveness for our clients and with our innovative ‘in the room’ approach everyone can understand and appreciate the viability arguments. We operate in an open and transparent manner and work closely with all parties involved to not only optimise our client’s scheme but to secure the right planning outcome.