Commercial Estimating Services 

                       throughout the United Kingdom

Every project is unique and has its specific risks that need resolving by an experienced team of construction experts.

 

Our Estimators can assist you at every step of the way from inception to completion.

Samples of pages from Bills of Quantities and Other Documents

We can provide :

Estimating Services for Main Contractors

Estimating Services for Developers

Estimating Services for Builders

Estimating Services for Architects

Estimating Services for Suppliers

Estimating Services for Subcontractors

 

Our Freelance Estimators are also specialised in

Groundworks

Masonry

Drylining

 

 

The Estimating Services that our company  offers are:

 

Civil estimating services 

Construction estimating services

Building estimating services

 

Budget Estimating

Labour, Plant and Material Estimating

Fixed priced/ Lump Sum Estimating

Freelance Estimating 

 

Preparation of take-offs and SMM7 or NRM Bill of Quantities.

Feasibility Studies

Approximate Bill of Quantities

Elemental Cost Planning and Analysis

Production of tender documentation for projects and subcontract works.

Tendering Services

Advice on suitable  Subcontractors.

Schedule of Works

Accurate Build Cost

Cost Reduction

Project Management

Fixed cost bills of Quantities

Online Estimating Services

Cost Consulting

 

 

New Builds

Refurbishments

Extensions

Fit-Out

Barn conversions

Domestic Extension

 

Bespoke residential developments

Social Housing

Office Developments

Care Homes

Health Care

Educational developments

Industrial units

Hotels

 

Traditional

Design and build

Let our Estimators win your company work or let us work together to achieve your desired budget! 

 

Taking off and pricing a job can be very time consuming if done accurately. Our Estimators can help you manage the tendering process so your estimating department can focus on other enquiries or, so you can focus on growing and developing your business.

 

Our Construction Estimators have extensive experience on projects starting from £50,000 up to £35,000,000.

 

The Estimating Group can assist you with complete Estimating and Quantity Surveying Services irrespective if you are a subcontractor, main contractor, developer, general builder or architect.

 

Our Estimators will typically require at least two to three weeks’ notice depending on the amount of tender information and the size of the project, but we can also provide a fast return depending on the availability of our staff and on your requirements.

 

When we provide estimating services, all our take-offs are done by our experienced estimators very accurately, and we always make it a priority to double check all take-offs before transferring them into a Bill of Quantities, so you can rest assure that all quantities are accurate.

 

We can provide your company with Freelance Estimating Services, Budget Estimating, Cost Planning Services, Bills of Quantities, Builders Schedule of Works or Fix Price Estimates.

Depending on your requirements when we provide estimating services, after creating the bill of quantities, we can send out enquiries to your preferred subcontractors, or we can use our comprehensive list of subcontracting companies, and we can select the required subcontractors depending on the size of the project and location. Once we create this list of subcontractors, we can share it with yourselves for your approval. Our Estimators will then split the document according to each trade and send it to the relevant companies and on return we will create the comparison within Conquest. Our construction estimating services UK will be happy to assist.

 

If the tender has a short return period, while using our construction estimating services, we can price it ourselves using current competitive market prices. Alternatively, if required, we can go into detail, and we will create rates tailored to suit your company costs and profit margins by building every rate from scratch using the first principal of estimating (labour, plant and material). Every construction company is different and unique, so please let us know your requirements beforehand, and we will adapt accordingly to suit your company’s needs.

 

Using our detailed labour resources summary, you will be able to see exactly how many hours your workers should spend in total, and you can work out quickly based on how big your site team is how long it will take you to complete the construction project.

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The material breakdown summary we create will provide you with all the required quantities and all the materials types required for the project. Your buying department or site manager will welcome this document.  Depending on the return date our estimators will send it on your behalf to your suppliers so we can then get their exact prices and update the detailed Bill of Quantities or we will use local material rate to populate the material costs.

 

If you would only require us to create a bill of quantities or a schedule of works for your company to input your bespoke prices, please let us know, and our team of construction estimating services would be happy to assist.

 

If the drawings are updated, or if certain items are taken out from your scope, we can quickly pick up all the changes and update the Bill of Quantities to suit.

 

Using our take-off software, we can easily overlay sets of drawings, and we can accurately pinpoint and asses all variations to the original drawings.

 

On completion, our Estimators will highlight all the risk items you may or may not encounter and create a document with all the assumptions we have made during our take-off and while pricing the Bill of Quantities. We will give you all the required details about all our allowances so you make an informed decision when choosing what profit margin, you would like to put on each project.

 

The end result is always dependent on the input of information received by us from yourselves at the quotation stage.

 

We encourage every client to let us know how they will want to proceed on site if successfully securing the enquiry and our Estimators would request details of any directly employed labour trades or any owned plant before creating the Bill of Quantities.

 

Depending on the nature of the project and the location we would sometimes request photos from site visits, or we will travel to the site to assess the access and potential risks.

 

We would typically exclude preliminary costs from the project as every company have their template for this and each company evaluates the duration of the project differently.

 

On completion of our freelance estimating services, we will provide your company with all the emails, quotations, and excel version of the bill of quantities.

 

We can assist your company with competitive tendering and estimating services, and we are a great asset to many companies. Contact us so we can become a great asset for your company as well.

Estimating Services 

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Groundworks Estimators

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Construction Costs Estimators

 

General and detailed information about estimating services and standards being used when providing construction estimating services

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A building estimator/cost estimator is an individual that quantifies the required resources such as labour, plant and material that are needed to complete a construction project and analyses quotes that are received from different sub-contractors and suppliers. Building cost estimating can concern diverse forms of construction from residential properties to hi-rise and civil works.

Estimators can produce bills of quantities, schedules of works and cost plans based on drawings, specifications and any other tender documents provided by the client.

Part of the duties and responsibilities of an estimator include:

•    Identifying and assessing client requirements.

•    Researching the costs of labour, plant and material.

•    Taking off all the quantities for the project.

•    Liaising with the client for overheads and desired profit.

•    Sending out enquiries and collecting quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers and identifying inclusions and exclusion while making allowances where required to create a like for like comparison.

•    Identifying risks on a project and allowing for these in the estimate and within the tender clarifications.


It is crucial for estimators to be good forward-planners and to be capable of using a wide range of information and a degree of judgment to formulate accurate cost assessments. Estimators will often work closely with construction managers, planners, buying departments and commercial and design teams.


An essential part of the estimating process is the taking-off and quantifying all the quantities within the project. The Process of taking off all the elements of the construction project is done by counting, measuring areas, calculating volumes, calculating weights and sometimes even quantifying time. Our Estimators are doing all the takeoffs digitally as opposed to by hand thus saving time for this process, and we can also create PDF documents highlighting the items we have measured on each drawing. All the measured elements will be transferred manually into Conquest to create the Bill of Quantities.


The bill of quantities (BoQ or BQ) is a document prepared by the cost consultant (often a quantity surveyor) that provides project-specific measured quantities of work identified by the drawings and specifications in the tender documentation and by experience.


Once the creation of the bill of quantities is complete, this is issued to tenderers, (subcontractors) to prepare a price for carrying out the works. The BoQ assists tenderers in the calculation of construction costs for their tender, and, as it ensures that all subcontractors will price the same quantities.


This priced bill of quantities constitutes the tenderer's offer.

 

It is essential that the bills of quantities are prepared in accordance with a standard. This helps avoid any ambiguities or misunderstandings and so helps avoid disputes arising through different interpretations of what has been priced.


For measuring building works, we use the Standard Method of Measurement (SMM7) as well as the New Rules of Measurement (NRM2) depending on the client's requirements.

For civil engineering works, we use Civil Engineering Method of Measurement (CESMM).

 

For Highway projects, we would follow the Method of Measurement for Highway Works Volume 4. (MCHW 4)

 

SMM7 

A Preliminaries/General conditions

C Existing site/Buildings/Services

D Groundwork

E In situ concrete/Large precast concrete

F Masonry

G Structural/Carcassing metal/Timber

H Cladding/Covering

J Waterproofing

K Linings/Sheathing/Dry partitioning

L Windows/Doors/Stairs

M Surface finishes

N Furniture/Fittings

P Building fabric sundries

Q Paving/Planting/Fencing/Site furniture

R Disposal systems

S Piped supply systems

T Mechanical heating/Cooling/Refrigeration systems

U Ventilation/Air conditioning systems

V Electrical supply/Power/Lighting systems

W Communications/Security/Controls systems

X Transport systems

Y Mechanical and Electrical services measurement

 

NRM 2

1 Preliminaries

2 Off site manufactured materials, components and buildings

3 Demolitions

4 Alterations, repairs and conservation

5 Excavating and filling

6 Ground remediation and soil stabilisation

7 Piling

8 Underpinning

9 Diaphragm walls and embedded retaining walls

10 Crib walls, gabions and reinforced earth

11 In-situ concrete works

12 Precast/composite concrete

13 Precast concrete

14 Masonry

15 Structural metalwork

16 Carpentry

17 Sheet roof coverings

18 Tile and slate roof and wallcoverings

19 Waterproofing

20 Proprietary linings and partitions

21 Cladding and covering

22 General joinery

23 Windows, screens and lights

24 Doors, shutters and hatches

25 Stairs, walkways and balustrades

26 Metalwork

27 Glazing

28 Floor, wall, ceiling and roof finishing’s

29 Decoration

30 Suspended ceilings

31 Insulation, fire stopping and fire protection

32 Furniture, fittings and equipment

33 Drainage above ground

34 Drainage below ground

35 Site works

36 Fencing

37 Soft landscaping

38 Mechanical services

39 Electrical services

40 Transportation

41 Builder’s work in connection with mechanical, electrical and transportation installations

 

CSSM4

Class A: General items

Class B: Ground investigation

Class C: Geotechnical and other specialist processes

Class D: Demolition and site clearance

Class E: Earthworks

Class F: In situ concrete

Class G: Concrete ancillaries

Class H: Precast concrete

Class I: Pipework - pipes

Class J: Pipework- fittings and valves

Class K: Pipework - manholes and pipework ancillaries

Class L: Pipework - supports and protection, ancillaries to laying and excavation

Class M: Structural metalwork

Class N: Miscellaneous metalwork

Class O: Timber

Class P: Piles

Class Q: Piling ancillaries

Class R: Roads and pavings

Class S: Rail track

Class T: Tunnels

Class U: Brickwork, blockwork and masonry

Class V: Painting

Class W: Waterproofing

Class X: Miscellaneous work

Class Y: Sewer and water main renovation and ancillary works

Class Z: Simple building works incidental to civil engineering works

 

 

MCHW 4

Series 0000                   Introduction

Series 0100                    Preliminaries

Series 0200                   Site Clearance

Series 0300                   Fencing

Series 0400                   Road Restraint System (Vehicle and Pedestrian)

Series 0500                   Drainage and Service Ducts

Series 0600                   Earthworks

Series 0700                   Road Pavements General

Series 0800                   Road Pavements - Unbound, Cement and Other Hydraulically Bound Mixtures

Series 0900                   Road Pavements - Bituminous Bound Materials

Series 1000                    Road Pavements - Concrete Materials

Series 1100                     Kerbs, Footways and Paved Areas

Series 1200                    Traffic Signs

Series 1300                    Road Lighting Columns and Brackets, CCTV Masts and Cantilever Masts

Series 1400                    Electrical Work for Road Lighting and Traffic Signs

Series 1500                    Motorway Communications

Series 1600                    Piling and Embedded Retaining Walls

Series 1700                    Structural Concrete

Series 1800                    Structural Steelwork

Series 1900                    Protection of Steelwork Against Corrosion

Series 2000                   Waterproofing for Concrete Structures

Series 2100                    Bridge Bearings

Series 2200                    Not Used

Series 2300                    Bridge Expansion Joints and Sealing of Gaps

Series 2400                    Brickwork, Blockwork and Stonework

Series 2500                    Special Structures

Series 2600                    Miscellaneous

Series 3000                   Landscape and Ecology

Series 5000                   Maintenance Painting of Steelwork

 

 

Even with the above standards in place, there are still many common mistakes that can be done in the Bill of Quantities on which we have implemented many systems in order to prevent them.

 

Common mistakes in the bill of quantities are:

  • Inaccurate measurement of quantities.

  • Insufficient information is given in the descriptions

  • The inclusion of irrelevant preliminary items

  • Omissions and discrepancies between the BoQ and the drawings or specifications

  • The omission of temporary works items.

  • Omissions or double-counting of items

  • Incorrect understanding of the work method.

  • Past performance used to assume future productivity.

  • Mistakes arriving from the inexperience of the estimator.

  • Ignoring the relationship between items of work.

  • Inaccurate assumptions regarding items in the BoQ.

  • Arithmetic errors.

  • Differences in currencies not considered.

 

Costs Plans

NRM1: Order of cost estimating and cost planning for capital building work, gives the following definition of an elemental cost plan:

‘…the critical breakdown of the cost limit for the building(s) into cost targets for each element of the building(s). It provides a statement of how the design team proposes to distribute the available budget among the elements of the building, and a frame of reference from which to develop the design and maintain cost control. It also provides both a work breakdown structure(WBS) and a cost breakdown structure (CBS), which, by codifying, can be used to redistribute work in elements to construction works packages for the purpose of procurement.’

 

Condensed Elemental Cost Plan

Group element 0: Facilitating works

Group element 1: Substructure

Group element 2: Superstructure

Group element 3: Internal finishes

Group element 4: Fittings, furnishings and equipment works

Group element 5: Services

Group element 6: Prefabricated buildings and building units

Group element 7: Work to existing buildings

Group element 8: External works

Group element 9: Main contractor’s preliminaries

Group element 10: Main contractor’s overheads and profit

Group element 11: Project/design team fees

Group element 12: Other development/project costs

Group element 13: Risks

Group element 14: Inflation

 

 

Expanded Elemental Cost Plans would Have the following format.

 

COST

CENTRE  GROUP ELEMENT/ELEMENT

               

0           Facilitating works

0.1        Toxic/hazardous/contaminated material removal

0.2        Major demolition works

0.3        Specialist groundworks

0.4        Temporary diversion works

0.5        Extraordinary site investigation works

1            Substructure

1.1         Substructure

2            Superstructure

2.1         Frame

2.2        Upper floors

2.3        Roof

2.4        Stairs and ramps

2.5        External walls

2.6        Windows and external doors

2.7        Internal walls and partitions

2.8        Internal doors

3            Internal finishes

3.1         Wall finishes

3.2        Floor finishes

3.3        Ceiling finishes

4            Fittings, furnishings and equipment

4.1         Fittings, furnishings and equipment

5            Services

5.1         Sanitary installations

5.2        Services equipment

5.3        Disposal installations

5.4        Water installations

5.5        Heat source

5.6        Space heating and air conditioning

5.7         Ventilation

5.8        Electrical installations

5.9        Fuel installations

5.10      Lift and conveyor installations

5.11       Fire and lightning protection

5.12      Communication, security and control systems

5.13       Specialist installations

5.14       Builder’s work in connection with services

6            Complete buildings and building units

6.1         Prefabricated buildings and units

7            Work to existing buildings

7.1         Minor demolition works and alteration works

7.2        Repairs to existing services

7.3        Damp-proof courses/fungus and beetle eradication

7.4        Facade retention

7.5        Cleaning existing surfaces

7.6        Renovation works

8           External works

8.1        Site preparation works

8.2        Roads, paths, pavings and surfacings

8.3        Soft landscaping, planting and irrigation systems

8.4        Fencing, railings and walls

8.5        External fixtures

8.6        External drainage

8.7        External services

8.8        Minor building works and ancillary buildings

SUB-TOTAL: FACILITATING AND BUILDING WORKS (A)

9            Main contractor’s preliminaries (B)

9.1         Employer’s requirements

9.2         Main contractor’s cost items

SUB-TOTAL: FACILITATING AND BUILDING WORKS

(including main contractor’s preliminaries) (C) [C = A + B]

10          Main contractor’s overheads and profit (D)

10.1       Main contractor’s overheads

10.2       Main contractor’s profit

TOTAL: BUILDING WORKS ESTIMATE (E) [E = C + D]

PROJECT/DESIGN TEAM FEES AND OTHER

DEVELOPMENT/PROJECT

11          Project/design team fees (F)

11.1       Consultants’ fees

11.2       Main contractor’s pre-construction fees

11.3       Main contractor’s design fees

12          Other development/project costs (G)

TOTAL: PROJECT/DESIGN TEAM FEES AND OTHER

DEVELOPMENT/PROJECT COSTS ESTIMATE (H) [H = F+G]

BASE COST ESTIMATE (I) [I = E + H]

13          Risks

13.1       Design development risks

13.2       Construction risks

13.3       Employer change risks

13.4       Employer other risks

TOTAL: RISK ALLOWANCE ESTIMATE (J)

COST LIMIT (excluding inflation) (K) [K = I + J]

14          Inflation

14.1       Tender inflation

14.2       Construction inflation

TOTAL: INFLATION ALLOWANCE (L)

COST LIMIT (excluding VAT assessment) (M) [M = K+ L]

 

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