HJH - offers a comprehensive array of design, survey, aslaid, and AutoCAD services spanning the entire spectrum from initial feasibility to project completion. Our suite of services and support allows you the freedom to concentrate on your core business activities, while our team of specialised professionals assumes responsibility for all technical and administrative aspects inherent to your projects.
Our portfolio showcases our adeptness in handling intricate projects, managing programs, and overseeing portfolios within the United Kingdom. At HJH our commitment to exceptional customer service, fostering employee growth, and fostering innovation has earned us the esteemed title of "Small Consultancy of the Year" in 2023.
As a multidisciplinary contractual company, we specialise in the utilisation of all contracts including the use of the NEC forms of engineering and construction contracts. Our unique skill set allows us to navigate the intricacies of these contracts with precision and efficiency.
100% of projects we have worked on have been delivered within budget and to time frame.
We have already completed many projects with across the UK and have a wealth of knowledge and Experience.
We help you manage all areas of the construction process, from tendering and financial planning to delivering the project.
Ensure your construction project stays profitable with our turnkey solutions.
Our team of experienced quantity surveyors is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable cost management solutions for your projects. We know that navigating the intricacies of construction expenses can be overwhelming, so we're here to support you and the process.
Browse through our FAQ section to find answers to common queries, ranging from what a quantity surveyor does, to how we can optimize your project's budget and ensure its success. We're committed to transparency and clarity, so if you can't find the information you're looking for, don't hesitate to get in touch with us directly.
Design in construction involves creating detailed plans and specifications for buildings and other structures. It plays a crucial role in ensuring that the end product meets client requirements, is safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
Architects and engineers are primarily responsible for design in construction projects. They work together to ensure that the structural, mechanical, electrical, and architectural aspects of a building are harmonious and compliant with regulations.
Sustainability has become increasingly important, focusing on energy efficiency, environmentally friendly materials, and long-term sustainability in construction design.
BIM is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. It allows for more accurate and efficient planning, design, construction, and management of buildings and infrastructure.
The design phase significantly influences the overall cost of a construction project. Effective design can optimise the use of materials and labor, thereby reducing costs.
Current trends include modular construction, green and sustainable building practices, the use of advanced technology like AI and VR, and a focus on flexibility and adaptability in design.
It's not always compulsory, but having a QS ensures costs are effectively managed and the project remains on budget. In certain contracts or regions, it might be a requirement.
NEC, JCT, and FIDIC are all standard types of construction contracts used in the infrastructure industry. They each have their own distinct characteristics and are designed to serve different purposes. Here's an overview of the differences between these three and other contract types:
NEC (New Engineering Contract):
Focus: NEC contracts highlight collaboration, flexibility, and risk-sharing between parties.
Management: NEC contracts place a strong emphasis on project management, with clear roles and responsibilities for each party. The Project Manager (PM) has a central role in administering the contract.
Risk Allocation: The party best equipped to manage a particular risk is assigned that risk under NEC contracts. The contract promotes early identification and resolution of issues.
Compensation: Payment mechanisms are based on defined costs, target costs, and gain/pain share mechanisms.
Time Management: NEC contracts use a "compensation event" mechanism to manage changes and delays.
Versions: NEC3 and NEC4 are the two most commonly used editions of NEC contracts.
JCT (Joint Contracts Tribunal):
Focus: JCT contracts provide a balanced approach to allocating risk between parties.
Tradition: JCT contracts have a long history and are widely used in the UK construction industry.
Varieties: There are various types of JCT contracts available for different project types and procurement methods.
Payment: JCT contracts typically include interim payments and final payments based on defined project stages.
Dispute Resolution: JCT contracts often include mechanisms for resolving disputes, such as adjudication, arbitration, or legal action.
Types: Examples include JCT Standard Building Contract, JCT Design and Build Contract, and more.
FIDIC (Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils):
International: FIDIC contracts are commonly used for international building projects and are sometimes called the "Rainbow Suite" due to their various contract types represented by different colors.
Risk Sharing: FIDIC contracts aim to strike a balance between the interests of parties and include provisions for sharing risks.
Editions: FIDIC contracts come in different editions and contract types, such as Red Book (Construction), Yellow Book (Plant and Design-Build), Silver Book (EPC/Turnkey), etc.
Dispute Avoidance: FIDIC contracts emphasize avoiding disputes through mechanisms like the Engineer's role in decision-making and dispute resolution boards.
Types: Different FIDIC editions suit different project types and delivery methods.
Other types of contracts:
ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers): Frequently used for civil engineering projects.
PPC (Project Partnering Contract): Stresses collaboration and long-term relationships.
ACA (Association of Consultant Architects): Tailored for architectural and design-related contracts.