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Core to the function of our business is the preparation and production of bills of quantities (BOQ).

Our specialist team has delivered in excess of 800 projects with a combined total value of over £3.5 billion.

With over 30 years of combined experience in the preparation and production bills of quantities and a combined 80 years of construction experience, we are well placed to provide you with a BOQ to the highest possible standard and in the agreed timescale.

We believe bill production is at the forefront to ensuring any construction work is priced timely and accurately and we try to nurture the belief that we are part of your estimating team and not separated from it.

Each BOQ is completely tailored to our client’s requirements and to industry standards, either SMM7, NRM2 or CESMM4.

Our team are able to quickly identify any gaps in the design and recommend appropriate solutions ensuring the final bill produced will accurately reflect the design. In turn, the contractor is able to price the project accurately without any unexpected additional costs emerging.

We understand that during the early development of any construction project, commercial input is more important now than it has ever been. The ability to vet initial budgets and identify any potential issues early on within the construction process ensures gives maximum opportunity for these to be resolved and more importantly client expectations managed.

Our qualified and experienced team, whilst working alongside your professional team, are able to produce initial cost plans bespoke to your development. As the project grows and takes shape we are able to either develop and refine the cost plan to suit or alternatively pass this onto the bill preparation team for a full BOQ.

As part of our pre-construction team development we are now able to offer a bespoke support service in regards to estimating and tendering.

Our in house estimating team are able to lend their vast estimating experience to any projects you may have. Whether you are looking for holiday cover, experiencing a busy period or maybe you have a one-off package that needs looking at we are able to quickly identify your needs and tailor our services accordingly.

We endeavour to fully integrate into your systems and processes to ensure the smoothest possible handover upon completion of works.


2.2 Purpose of bill of quantities

2.2.1 The primary purposes of a bill of quantities (BOQ), which becomes a contract document, are to provide a co-ordinated list of items, together with their identifying descriptions and quantities, that comprise the works to enable contractors to prepare tenders efficiently and accurately; and when a contract has been entered into, to: provide a basis for the valuation of work executed for the purpose of making interim payments to the contractor; and provide a basis for the valuation of varied work.

2.2.2 Essentially, a BOQ is a list of the items with detailed identifying descriptions and quantities, which make up the component parts of a building.

2.3 Benefits of bill of quantities

2.3.1  Irrespective of what contract strategy is used, at some stage in the procurement process one party will need to quantify the extent of works to be executed; whether it be the employer’s quantity surveyor/cost manager, the main contractor or the work package contractors for the purpose of obtaining a price for completing building works, valuing the extent of work complete for purposes of payment, valuing variations in the content or extent of building works, or to support applications for tax or other financial incentives. Consequently, detailed measurement for the purpose of bill of quantities (BOQ) production is beneficial for a number of reasons:

  • it saves the cost and time of several contractors measuring the same design in order to calculate their bids for competition;
  • it provides a consistent basis for obtaining competitive bids;
  • it provides an extensive and clear statement of the work to be executed;
  • it provides a very strong basis for budgetary control and accurate cost reporting of the contract (i.e. post contract cost control), including:
      -  the preparation of cash flow forecasts,
      -  a basis for valuing variations, and
      -  a basis for the preparation of progress payments (i.e. interim payments);
  • it allows, when BOQ items are codified, reconciliation and any necessary transfers and adjustments to be made to the cost plan;
Extract taken from: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) | RICS New Rules of Measurement, NRM2: Detailed measurement for building works | Coventry, UK | Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors | 2012 | Part 2; Page 17-18