Cost control is a vital part of any construction project. Not only because this is where the profit is, but because you just don’t want to pay more than you had budgeted for or need to!
One vital stage of your project will be the design stage. This stage is where a lot of important decisions are made as well as where your project begins to ‘take shape’ and you begin to see what it will look like when completed.
However, understandably you are probably neither an expert architect or may not be fully aware of what to look for at this stage of the process. In addition, it is extremely important to understand your brief fully before committing any time to its design.
Whilst your Quantity Surveyor is not an architect, they will certainly have a number of planning and architecture companies with whom they will partner. Your Quantity Surveyor can play a vital role in acting as a project manager for this stage of your project.
They will be able to make sure that any important design decisions are made before beginning and be able to assess as the design comes together. This will help avoid needing to pay for costly changes later (or even when you commence your project).
In addition, your Quantity Surveyor will be able to ensure that the right planning and architecture company is appointed to your project. For example, if you are carrying out a simple house extension you probably will not require a high-end architecture practice who usually does large-scale developments to do the designs.
Alternatively, if you are embarking on a large-scale project you will most likely not require an architect who specialises in smaller projects.
Once you have decided on the design, your Quantity Surveyor will be able to review the drawings provided to ensure that they are accurate. This will help avoid any unnecessary costs involved in needing to make amendments to the drawings later.
If you would like to discuss how we may be able to provide support at this vital stage of your project, please give us a call and a member of the team will be more than happy to assist.