Cost Management & Quantity Surveying


Our approach to quantity surveying is one which focuses on the business needs of the customer, and aims to deliver a cost management service which enables them to make informed decisions in relation to their property assets.

Our range of services is enhanced by our sector expertise and appropriate experienced staff, that will provide positive advice at the various stages of the project cycle.

Feasibility Studies

Our internal benchmark information enables us to provide a speedy response at early stages of a project, to assess if the project requirements can be achieved, and to offer alternative solutions if appropriate.

Cost Modelling

This can be used as a dynamic tool to review alternative design options, and explore ‘what if’ scenarios to identify the most cost effective options within the parameters of the brief.

Cost Planning

Our cost plan will be an elemental budget, which will form the key cost management control document. This will be prepared in conjunction with the whole project team to ensure ownership of the budget. All future changes will be managed against the signed off cost plan.

Value Engineering

We will work with the project team, and where required, facilitate workshops in order to undertake a structured review at key project stages, to ascertain that the project is meeting the functional requirements of the brief.

Risk Analysis and Risk Management

We will advise the project team on strategies for identifying and minimising specific risks, together with appropriate levels of cost, and a methodology for managing risks within the identified levels.

Specialist Mechanical and Electrical Cost Advice

Our specialist surveyors are able to add value by providing cost advice in relation to services, and where appropriate, are able to challenge designs.

Procurement Advice

Based on the customer’s principle objectives in relation to cost certainty, quality of design, workmanship and program, we can undertake a review of these objectives and provide recommendations in relation to the optimum procurement method to best achieve these objectives.

Contractor/Supplier Evaluation

Evaluating the most suitable contractors/suppliers for a project based upon scope, content, complexity, procurement and the need for specialist knowledge and innovative thinking.

Tender and Contract Preparation and Evaluation

Preparation of tender and contract documents which provide details of the project requirements and clearly identify responsibility for risks.

Pre and Post Contract Cost Control

A key element of our role is to manage the costs within the signed off budget through:

  • Proactive cost checking of design development
  • Value engineering
  • Alternative cost studies
  • Post contract cost control including change order process

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

‘Building Information Modelling is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility, creating a shared knowledge resource for information about it forming a reliable basis for decision making during its life cycle, from earliest conception to demolition.’ National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).

Put simply, it displays a visual representation of a building and its various elements to help with design decisions, and develop understanding of a building. This benefits users throughout the life of the asset.

BIM covers geometry, spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information quantities and properties of building components.

BIMs are based on three dimensional objects rather than AutoCAD’s two dimensional lines. This produces a sophisticated construction model with intelligence. Allowing clash detection, quantity extraction, specification, phasing and the ability to view the model from any angle.

Industries such as aerospace and car manufacturing have been using BIM for over twenty years. Since then, the software has matured and the hardware is now affordable. The UK Government has also set a target for Level 2 BIM to be used on all public projects by 2016.

What are the benefits?

BIM is a collaborative tool. All the information is stored within one file. The design team use the same data and therefore reduce the risk of uncoordinated design.

Clash detection ensures that mechanical duct work fits under structural slabs and above architectural ceilings. The contractor can add phasing and temporary works to the design. The supply chain can contribute fully detailed sub-assemblies.

The major benefit of BIM is that the client has a comprehensive model of the completed facility. This allows furniture and fitting layouts to be adapted.

Facilities managers can walk through the model and click on an object. All associated information is displayed. This could include call out numbers, web addresses, spare parts references, health and safety information or replacement cycles.


RLB has invested in BIM development including:

  • The purchase of Autodesk ‘Revit’ licences
  • Mobile workstations capable of working with BIM models for all UK technical staff
  • Software for quantities take off from BIM models
  • Training
  • Being part of the RICS BIM working group

RLB offers direct take off from BIM models, for the production of bills of quantities or cost plans and models.

Government Soft Landings (GSL)

RLB is delivering numerous projects using Government Soft Landings (GSL).

GSL’s aim is ‘to champion better outcomes for our built assets during the design and construction stages through GSL, powered by a Building Information Model (BIM) to ensure that value is achieved in the operational life-cycle of an asset’.

By understanding client needs at the commencement of a project, better outcomes are achieved for the eventual user of the building.

A GSL approach saves time and money, delivering higher quality building operations, and ensuring that whole life costs have been considered from the onset of the design process.

RLB’s experience in GSL includes:

  • Guidance on GSL processes and systems
  • Strategic consultancy advice on operational outcomes
  • Project management and delivery
  • Collaborative approach to stakeholder management
  • Strong low carbon and sustainability capability

Please contact Russell Lloyd for more information