Visit any big city and there’ll be cranes on the skyline and construction workers on site working on any number of big developments. The activity is constant as new homes, offices, schools, shopping centers, and car parks are being built. The scale of some of these developments is breathtaking. Tens and even hundreds of millions of pounds are invested from a variety of sources to fund these next-generation developments.
At the very heart of the financial management and planning of these large-scale projects is the consultant quantity surveyor. They help to keep these projects on track and on budget. With so much at stake their input is essential. Using the services of a reputable construction consultancy helps to provide additional flexibility. There’s the added benefit of an outsider’s perspective and the chance to buy in skills and expertise from outside the company. The services of these surveyors can be retained for the life cycle of the project, which given the nature of construction, is the perfect way to access this kind of expertise. Permanent additions to the payroll don’t make so much sense.
Projects like this need careful ongoing management, otherwise, the end result can be an expensive disaster. Financial discipline and careful management of suppliers and materials help to maintain focus and keep things on track for the planned completion date. Of course, projects don’t always go to plan. When various factors change and adjustments need to make, surveyors and consultants will manage this process to ensure the project stays on track.