Rumney Associates Ltd offers an extensive range of services to their diverse and varied client base from their offices in Essex.
- Traditional pre and post contract services including bill of quantities preparation, interim valuations and all pre and post contract financial reporting.
- Advice on methods of building procurement.
- Construction Cost Consultants.
- Preparation of budget cost reports.
- Dilapidation surveys and associated budget costings.
- Feasibility studies.
- Litigation and arbitration consultants.
- Advice on procurement methods.
- Appointment and co-ordination of all buildings/design consultants.
- Project management of construction projects from conception to completion.
Preliminary Cost Advice and Feasibility Estimates
From conception we are able to give practical advice on the likely cost of your project, however complicated or unusual. We will recommend the most economical layout, materials and method of construction and assess how long it will take to construct whilst also if necessary giving you costs of options to suit your own particular requirements and layout.
From our experience and knowledge construction costs of other projects and current market conditions we are able to compile a cost plan which may consist of a series of sections of works on the elements of a building. Each section or element is separately costed and may form the basis of decisions on options.
Advising on Contractual Methods
There are numerous contractual methods and Forms of Contract in common use in the Construction Industry today and Chartered Quantity Surveyors are best able to advise on the advantages and disadvantages of each form in relation to any particular project.
Advising on Selection of Other Consultants
Being in constant contact with numerous firms of Architects, Structural Engineers, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Consultants, Interior Designers, Planning Consultants etc., we are able to give objective advice on whether a consultant in a particular field is required or necessary and if so those who are best suited to a particular project.
Advising on Contractor Selection
As with advising on the selection of other consultants we are in everyday contact with numerous sizes and types of contractors and subcontractors each with varying scopes and expertise.
Preparing Tender Documents
Tender documents may be in the form of Bills of Quantities which are prepared in accordance with the standard methods of measurement where each quantified item can be priced to include all labour, materials plant, overheads costs and profit or in the form of Specifications. Each includes materials and workmanship preambles, preliminaries details and the Client's standard and particular contractual requirements.
Obtaining or Negotiating Tenders
Chartered Quantity Surveyors are also able to obtain tenders for building and/or civil engineering projects precisely in accordance with the Client's requirements and obtained from a number of selected contractors on a comparable basis. Alternatively we are able to negotiate tenders with contractors using our experience and knowledge of current rates and prices.
Reporting, on Tenders Received or Package Deal/ Design and Build Offers
On receipt of tenders we check the priced build ups arithmetically and technically and report on any unusual pricing or omissions.
Package deal or design and build offers are sometimes sought by Clients and we can report on these whilst also checking the Client is being offered everything he requires and he is aware of "loopholes" which may arise to future increases in costs or an exceeding of the project budget. Package deals and design and build offers are also not necessarily on a comparable basis and we can advise on the relevant construction economies.
Valuing Construction Work
During the course of a contract we are able to value any variation which may arise using our experience and knowledge of current rates and prices.
Preparing and Agreeing Accounts for or with Contractors
Throughout and following completion of a contract we are able to measure, value and agree interim valuations, variations and/or final accounts for or with employers, contractors and subcontractors.
Preparing Expenditure Statements for Tax Accounting Purposes
In advance or following each interim valuation of final account we are able to apportion expenditure into tax or accounting categories of our Client's choice.
Periodic Financial Reporting
Throughout a contract we report periodically on the estimated final cost overall in a form which shows the Client where monies have been saved and where additional monies have or will require to be spent. The costs of individual items can also be presented prior to decisions being required or options costed and reported thereon.
Chartered Quantity Surveyors are able to technically audit accounts submitted by contractors and/or subcontractors.
Assessing Replacement Value for Insurance
Chartered Quantity Surveyors can more accurately assess the replacement value of construction works and buildings for insurance purposes. It is simple for a client to under insure with disastrous results in the event of a claim or over insure and pay far too much in premiums.
Financial Management is obviously crucial but the complexity of modern construction is such that the client can be overwhelmed by the number of consultants and other specialists involved and reporting to him, often in unfamiliar terms. The appointment of a Project Manager can greatly ease the burden by providing a single link with the construction team. Chartered Quantity Surveyors are particularly well qualified by training, experience and above all by their overall knowledge of the whole construction industry to act as Project Managers.
Giving Expert Evidence in Arbitration's and Legal Disputes
When legal disputes arise and Arbitration's are necessary we are able to provide expert evidence which is usually preceded by a detailed written report often gives greater strength to a case or brings about a realisation of the weakness of a case which could be expensive to pursue.
Preparing/Defending against Construction Contract Claims
Chartered Quantity Surveyors are experienced in preparing construction contract claims and also in defending against them using their knowledge of the various forms of contract conditions and their expertise in quantifying logically.