FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get a quote for a bill of quantities?
This is a very straightforward process that you can approach in two different ways both of which have the same outcome.
Either, call our office on +44 (0)1234 581940 and talk to us initially providing details about your requirements, we’ll then ask you to send us what details you have. On receipt of that information, unless we have any further queries, we’ll submit our proposal back to you within 24 hours of receipt.
Or, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant link or attach any details you have, we’ll contact you to make sure we understand your requirements, and again we’ll submit our proposal back to you within 24 hours.
We will always comply with your specific requirements when it comes to the tender CSA or any other pricing schedule that needs to be returned with your tender.
We will always ask if you would like us to approach other tenderer's with a bill share proposal to save you costs. From experience, we understand that some contractors prefer exclusivity or to make the decision on a project-by-project basis.
Our fee proposal will be on a lump sum basis with a committed return date that fits with your own internal programme. There will be no change to our return date unless there are changes to the originally agreed brief, in which case we would notify you.
All bills of quantities can be submitted in Excel or CITE format for easy importation to your estimating software.
A bill of quantities in the UK is a schedule that defines the quantity and specification of the component parts of any given construction project.
It is generally produced to a recognised industry standard method of measurement dependent upon the sector of the project. The standard industry methods of measurement are SMM7 and NRM2 for construction, CESMM4 for civil engineering, MMHW for highways and RMM2 for rail.
The document is produced using drawings and specifications provided by the design team on the project. The process takes some time to complete and is carried out by skilled quantity surveyors trained in the technique of analysing the information to translate the design information provided into the relevant standard.
This is a popular question we get asked a lot, and the truth is there is no magic formulae you can apply. As everyone will know not only does the value of the project vary, so do the details available, the method of measurement involved, the scope of work required to be measured and the style of the CSA or tender return document. Each of these factors bear a part on the time it takes to work through the details to arrive at the total time it will take to produce the bills.
When all these variables are taken into account and the correct brief ascertained only then can the cost be calculated. This cost will be unique to that project alone, much like the tender price that will be submitted as a result.
If however you want a guide cost and have some initial details we are always happy to provide a budget cost at the outset using our many years of experience of carrying out this type of work.