Initial Cost Advice & Feasibility Studies
From the outset of every project, CuddyQS’s main objective is that the Client achieves value for money on the project. To ensure that the project is viable, we will review and give guidance on outline costs against time, quality and aesthetics to reach an acceptable agreed budget. This is done by close liaison with members of the design team and client, in order to maximise the potential of any project.
To obtain the best value on a project, the viability of each project is carefully examined. Cost is weighed against quality and time, and an acceptable budget agreed upon. Close collaboration at this stage between the project team members ensures maximum benefit to the Client.
Post Contract Administration
CuddyQS will ensure the cost control measures carried out during the pre-contract phase are continued in a smooth manner to post contract duties. Project Surveyors are assigned on a project basis from project inception to cost contract to completion.
During the works, we are determined to ensure that the project is completed on budget. Central to this aim is the control of variations. We manage the costs by:
the agreement of variations as soon as practicable with the Contractor to give both parties cost certainty and;
the proposal of alternative designs or specifications to offset the additional costs.
Interim payment recommendations; monthly cost reports; cash flow projections; and preparation and agreement of final accounts are all post contract duties in which we deliver clear, accurate and host cost advice to our clients. We ensure that our Clients are fully informed and kept up to speed on all matters of cost control and management.
Budget Estimating & Cost Planning
By providing detailed cost estimates at an early stage allows CuddyQS to establish overall anticipated costs but also enables us to identify where specific costs arise. A detailed cost estimate will provide a cost model framework on the project. This attention to the detail ensures that we provide the best possible service to our Client from the outset.
Once an initial overall budget is prepared and agreed, we undertake to continuously review and control the budget as the design progresses. Cost control procedures have been established which are firm enough to be effective and flexible enough to adapt to the individuality of the project.
Procurement, Tendering and Contract Procedures
CuddyQS have considerable experience in advising appropriate procurement routes or contract to be implemented on projects. Considerations like time; cost certainty; buildable quality; specialist input; operational requirements; and financing are just some areas that influence any decision in this process.
Regardless of the procurement route chosen, cost control is maintained throughout the course of the project, giving our Client the flexibility to choose a method most suited to their requirements. Methods include the traditional method of tendering; two-stage tendering; negotiated contracts; management contracts; design and build contracts; cost reimbursement contracts etc.
CuddyQS has considerable experience in working under the GCCC Contracts, from PWCF-1 to PWCF-5 (Short Form). We have worked on social housing schemes, through commercial fit-out and upgrades up to large public works including a 58,000ft2 LEED Gold Office Project and a large industrial project for GE of 65,000ft2 of production & office space in 2015/16.
We have provided a Project Management service to several our Clients providing full cost and project management of the entire project and project team from inception to completion. Our project management service is a tailor-made approach in order to facilitate the requirements of each individual Client and project.
We offer a reinstatement valuation service based on a review of the project specific details and an assessment of the rebuilding costs based on current market rates. We also offer a construction cost valuation service, both to private individuals or commercial clients and to insurance intermediaries to assess the actual reinstatement costs after damage has occurred.
Mechanical and Electrical QS
CuddyQS have in-house Mechanical and Electrical cost control expertise for Mechanical & Electrical services. We can offer a service to our Clients whereby we retain responsibility for total cost control of the project. Pre-contract, we review tenders returned with the M&E Consultants preparing a tender report to the Client and post contract we take responsibility for valuing variations and preparing the final account. This allows for rigorous cost control of the main contract works in tandem with the M&E sub-contract works and one overall point of responsibility for cost control. In public works this will become the norm from 2016.
Legal Disputes / Expert Witness
CuddyQS’s in-depth understanding of construction costs, construction contracts, and the construction process ensures that we have the requisite knowledge and experience to advise on a wide range of legal issues. We have acted both as expert witness for our Clients in legal cases and we have also been engaged by Clients to provide advice to avoid the legal route where possible. We have also been appointed as mediators to disputes.