Cost Consultancy & Chartered Quantity Surveying
Cost consultancy is the umbrella service delivered by our QSs to give independent and impartial advice on construction costs throughout the overall life-cycle of a project.
Quantity Surveyors provide professional advice on construction costs with the aim of ensuring the affordability of a project and that they offer good value at any stage of construction.
The RICS describes Chartered Quantity Surveyors (QS) as “highly trained professionals offering expert advice on construction costs. They are essential for life cycle costing, cost planning, procurement and tendering, contract administration and commercial management.”
Our professional staff have extensive experience of providing the advice described by the RICS.
On all projects that we manage and all contracts that we administer, we use the experience we have gained from multiple services to ensure that value for money is achieved, not only on an individual project, but also across the lifetime of a building. Offering advice on matters of sustainabilityis one area which has particularly fed into our QS and Project Management delivery, as new technologies which emerge to improve sustainability do not always work in the long term or as efficiently as promised.
On our Contract Administrator/ Employer’s Agent page we have set out an introduction to the types of contracts in which we are experienced. We also have vast experience of when it comes to the procurement of, and tendering for, services from consultants, contractors and sub-contractors for one off projects, term appointments, frameworks etc. The process of tendering that we might suggest will depend on the function that is being tended for, but we can advise on the OJEU process, single/two stage competitive tendering, design and build, construction management etc.
As members of the RICS we have access to key data, including the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS), which helps us to give early cost advice with any feasibility analysis we provide to appraise site opportunities.
The roles of Contract Administrator and Chartered Quantity Surveyor are often carried out by the same appointed individual who will see the project through from appointment to completion. However, if it suits the contract, particularly on complex schemes, the roles may be split up between two people, to ensure that we can deliver the appropriate level of attention to each function for the benefit of the project outcome.
Despite the focus on the value and costs of a project, at Ibis we place a special focus on the quality of the end product. We are able to do this by having input from our Building Surveyors’ design background. The cross transfer of skills, from all of our staff is something that we hugely encourage, as it helps the development of surveying staff who are able to boast a holistic and integrated view of the project as a whole.