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A Quantity Surveyor (QS) gives you an estimate of what you’re project is going to cost. This is typically broken down into several elements. Quantity Surveyors are also important in the design stage compiling budgets, and giving advice in how to manage costs. They can propose alternative designs to help clients build to their budget.
The main task of a quantity surveyor is to advise on the costs of a building project. A quantity surveyor is central to the decision-making process throughout the development of a project, from initial inception, to final completion. They advise building owners and architects on the probable cost of construction and on the costs of alternative designs.
This depends on the stage of the project, but can include planning drawings, tender drawings, construction drawings, structural drawings, M&E details etc. Without any this information, it is difficult to accurately cost a project.
Quantity surveyors typically provide support before, during and after the life of a construction project. Alternatively, estimators are mostly involved before a project begins (i.e. in the tendering phase).
In summary Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) means a building that has a very high energy performance – typically an A2 rated building at a minimum. Up to 2019 the TGD Part L requirements permitted buildings to be A3 rated, but the new EPBD directives requires all buildings to be nearly zero energy rated.
Value engineering is a service we carry out to improve the value of your project by examining the function of each item or element and its associated cost. By weighing the cost/benefit ratio, we can make suggestions for alternative construction methods, designs, or materials that improve the value of the project. Its important to note that Value engineering does not always mean cutting costs. It optimises the elements of the project through an analysis of all factors, wear and tear, aesthetic value, life cycle etc.
We are based in Wexford but provide services throughout the South East and have been involved in projects across all regions in Ireland.
Yes we attain full Professional Indemnity insurance to cover all our services.
A PC Sum is an allowance usually calculated by the Cost Consultant for works to be carried out on a project that will typically be nominated by the Client. If the contractor’s actual cost is higher than the bill of quantities allowance, then the contract sum will be adjusted. If the cost to the contractor is lower, then the contract sum will be reduced by the difference in the PC sum.
A Provisional Sum is an allowance estimated by the Cost Consultant for a specific element of the works that the scope is not fully clarified. If the scope if not clarified or likely to change a Provisional Sum can be inserted into a Bill of Quantities or pricing document.
A Contingency Sum is an amount of money, sometimes expressed as a percentage, included in the project budget to allow for unforeseen events. A contingency sum does not have to me known by the contractor and can remain confidential to the client. The level of the contingency should reflect the nature of the project. So, for example, ‘green field sites’ are less risky than
Retention is money held back by the Employer or Contractor to safeguard against remedying defects. It is generally 5% of the contract value. When practical completion is achieved half the retention is released and the other half is released once the defects period has elapsed. The defects period can vary, but usually twelve months after practical completion.
Preliminary costs often referred to as prelims may appear in tender and contract documents and are required by the contractor or developer to complete the works. Examples of prelims include the cost of supervision, health and safety costs, site overheads, insurance, plant, building control fees, environmental or waste management.
Sometimes referred to as a BOQ, a Bill of Quantities is a document prepared by the Cost Consultant that provides an itemised list of the works captured from the drawings and specification in the tender documentation. The quantities may be measured in area, number, linear meters, weight, volume, or time. The bill of quantities assists with the agreement of the contract sum and can be used for interim valuations of works to release stage payments.
We are experienced in a wide range of industries to include the following – residential (private domestic and large scale developments), civils and groundworks, utility installation, commercial developments, energy and industrial works.