We work with a number of architects on a variety of different services. One of the main areas we can help is cost consultancy. Many of the architects that we work with realise the importance of having cost certainty on a project right from the very start. The success of a project can rely on a number of different variables. Clearly the cost implications are one of the most important. The earlier these are taken into consideration the more likely it is that the project will be considered a success on completion.
Whether your client is renovating or building their dream home, or they are a developer with the principle aim of turning a profit, knowing how much they are going to spend and what is achievable within their budget is crucial. Yet a thorough cost estimation is not always deemed to be necessary, particularly early on in the project.
This is a service that we can offer directly to you or to your client. We can provide a cost estimate at concept stage, and again once detailed plans have been drawn up. In fact we can monitor the cost throughout the project and ensure that you are running to budget throughout the whole process.
We are also able to recommend contractors to carry out your project. One area that can present a problem for architects is being able to find reliable contractors to carry out your vision. It could be that your pet contractor has no availability or maybe you have a project that requires a particular system or a specific technique. We can help you identify the right partners to ensure that your project is a success.
Our estimating services are here to price your tenders when you are too busy. Are you looking for professional, accurate and affordable estimating services but finding it hard to find a reliable estimator? We can help you price more tenders, and win more work, allowing you to concentrate on the other aspects of your business.
Estimating and costing is our main area of work. We take the details from the plans and specifications and merge them into our schedules, from here we then measure all work items to provide a fully detailed tender showing quantities, unit rates, sub totals and the all-important total. We go further and can prepare breakdowns for materials, labour, subcontract costs, plant etc so you know what allowances have been made. The schedules can be used to buy materials and even help with stage payments. We break everything down to the smallest detail to ensure all items get allowed for within your tender. We price all building works in all sectors, project values ranging from a few hundred, to multi million pounds.
We offer a comprehensive contract administration service. This can be for the entire duration of the project or just during those times when you need extra capacity. As the project moves along we can help manage your relationships with your sub contractors and your supply chain and ensure that you get accurate pricing from reliable contractors.
Other areas of this service include compiling accurate scopes of work to issue to sub-contractors for pricing, liaison with sub-contractors regarding on site progress and quality and negotiations with sub-contractors to ensure any variations are captured and priced accordingly.
We offer a comprehensive project management service. This can be for the entire duration of the project or just during those times when you need extra capacity.
This includes production and continuous monitoring of a construction programme utilising professional software. This is essential to track site progress and ensure all sub-contractors are aware of the key dates.
We also review project documentation requirements to produce an Information Release Schedule detailing what information is required at each stage of the project. This will ensure that all consultants are aware of the timelines and therefore will issue the correct information at the correct time.
We can also provide a design review to identify long lead time items (production of the project Procurement Schedule to ensure all key items are ordered at the right time), Early issues with design or site co-ordination and Value Engineering options.
Other areas of assistance include managing the documentation process ensuring all information is up to date and all sub-contractors have been issued the latest amendments and checking all drawing revisions to ensure all changes have been incorporated. Managing the professional team (architect, structural engineer, services consultants) by chairing pre-construction and site meetings, issuing formal meeting minutes and coordinating design changes.