Main Contractors & Quantity Surveying

Quantity surveyors play a vital role in the construction industry. They are responsible for estimating the cost of projects, managing contracts, and overseeing payments.

Quantity surveyors can help main contractors in a number of ways

  1. Estimating the cost of projects: Quantity surveyors have the expertise and experience to accurately estimate the cost of construction projects. This is important for main contractors to ensure that they are bidding competitively for projects and that they are able to make a profit.
  1. Managing contracts: Quantity surveyors can help main contractors to manage contracts with subcontractors and suppliers. This includes preparing and reviewing contracts, negotiating terms, and resolving disputes.
  2. Overseeing payments: Quantity surveyors can help main contractors to oversee payments to subcontractors and suppliers. This includes verifying invoices, processing payments, and ensuring that all payments are made on time.
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In addition to these core services, quantity surveyors can also provide main contractors with a range of other support services, such as:

  • Risk management: Quantity surveyors can help main contractors to identify and manage risks associated with their projects. This includes risks such as material price increases, delays, and unforeseen site conditions.
  • Value engineering: Quantity surveyors can help main contractors to identify and implement value engineering measures. Value engineering is a process of finding ways to reduce the cost of a project without sacrificing quality or functionality.
  • Dispute resolution: Quantity surveyors can help main contractors to resolve disputes with subcontractors, suppliers, and clients. This includes negotiating settlements and mediating disputes.

Benefits of Using a Quantity Surveyor

There are a number of benefits to using a quantity surveyor, including:

  • Save time and money: Quantity surveyors can help main contractors to save time and money by streamlining the construction process and identifying opportunities to reduce costs.
  • Reduce risk: Quantity surveyors can help main contractors to reduce risk by identifying and managing potential problems.
  • Improve communication: Quantity surveyors can help main contractors to improve communication with subcontractors, suppliers, and clients.
  • Increase profitability: By helping main contractors to save time, money, and reduce risk, quantity surveyors can help to increase their profitability.

How to Choose a Quantity Surveyor

When choosing a quantity surveyor, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • Experience: Choose a quantity surveyor with experience in working on projects similar to yours.
  • Qualifications: Make sure that the quantity surveyor is qualified and accredited by a professional body.
  • References: Ask for references from previous clients and check them thoroughly.
  • Cost: Get quotes from multiple quantity surveyors before making a decision.

HJH Commercial: Your Partner in Quantity Surveying

HJH Commercial is a leading provider of quantity surveying services. We have a team of experienced and qualified quantity surveyors who can help you with all aspects of your project, from estimating costs to managing contracts to overseeing payments.

We offer a wide range of services, including:

  • Cost estimation
  • Contract management
  • Payment management
  • Risk management
  • Value engineering
  • Dispute resolution

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality of service and we are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our processes.

If you are looking for a reliable and experienced quantity surveyor, then HJH Commercial is the right choice for you.

Contact us today to learn more about our quantity surveying services for main contractors.

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frequently asked Questions

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.

What is a Quantity Surveyor?

A Quantity Surveyor is a professional in the construction industry who focuses on managing costs, contracts, and ensuring value for money in construction and infrastructure projects.

What is the primary role of a Quantity Surveyor in a construction project?

Their main role is to manage and control the costs of a construction project, from initial estimates through to the final accounts. They also handle contractual matters and ensure value for money.

What is a Bill of Quantities (BoQ) & Activity Schedule?

Bill of Quantities is a detailed document in construction and procurement that lists the quantities, descriptions, and estimated costs of materials, labour, and services required for a project. It provides a clear breakdown for pricing and bidding purposes.

Activity Schedule, on the other hand, is a timeline that outlines the sequence of tasks, their start and finish dates, and dependencies within a project. It helps in project planning and management by organising the work into specific activities. Both documents aid in cost estimation, resource allocation, and project scheduling for effective execution.

When should I engage a Quantity Surveyor for my project?

It's best to involve a QS at the earliest stages of your project. Early involvement can ensure a more accurate budget estimate and more effective financial management throughout the project.

Are Quantity Surveyors only involved in large-scale projects?

No. While QS are often associated with large projects, their expertise can be valuable for projects of any size, providing cost management and contractual advice.

Can a Quantity Surveyor assist with dispute resolution?

Yes. QS have expertise in contractual matters and can offer advice or act as mediators in disputes over project costs, variations, or other contractual issues.

Is it compulsory to have a Quantity Surveyor for construction projects?

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.

What is the difference between the NEC, JCT and FIDIC and other forms of contract

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.