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IWA’s remit for the inland waterways includes structures and buildings that are an integral part of the waterway environment.  IWA’s Honorary Consultant Quantity Surveyor assists IWA’s restoration work and any other organisations requiring advice on feasibility, quantity and costing matters.  This advice is provided free of charge, but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses are expected to be reimbursed. Individual tasks usually involve a few hours effort with a maximum of a few days.

The main purpose of providing advice is to assist organisations to identify the scope of an issue to be examined and to obtain a suitable source of detailed advice and costings.  In addition, the Honorary Quantity Surveyor can undertake limited investigations, contractual and funding support to support for works that are carried out by voluntary bodies.  The Surveyor’s time is likely to be used to best advantage if he is contacted as soon as proposals for projects are formulated, often linking in with IWA’s Honorary Consulting Engineers.

A quantity surveyor initially focusses on helping to estimate initial quantities and costs and advising on suitable procurement strategies for the project. The role can then continue into updating budgets, cashflow forecasts, tendering and procurement of suitable contractors, managing contractors requests for payments, monitoring progress on site and agreeing the costs of any changes and settling the final account with the contractor.

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A Quantity Surveyor’s knowledge and work

The Honorary Quantity Surveyors knowledge when working alongside a client to establish their requirements covers:

  • How to calculate quantities and costs.
  • Support for funding applications and tender documents required for a project.
  • Assistance with negotiating and preparing contract documents, work schedules and costs.
  • Help to update risk and value management, and cost control, during the project duration.
  • Review contractors work on site visits and advise whether standard is adequate for payment level.
  • Continually analyse outcomes and write budget and financial reports.
  • Advise on any contractual claims and disputes.

The Honorary Quantity Surveyor operates within the strict ethical standards that apply to contractual and purchasing matters.  For major projects he would normally recommend a competitive tender exercise possibly preceded by pre-qualification arrangements to assist in the selection of a short list.  Standard procedures are recommended as set out in IWA Technical Restoration Handbook chapter on Managing consultancies on waterway restoration projects.

Professional indemnity insurance is held for the work of the Honorary Quantity Surveyor.  Advice offered is the professional advice of the Honorary Quantity Surveyor, given on behalf of IWA, but it does not necessarily represent the corporate view of IWA.

IWA’s Honorary Quantity Surveyor is Mike Wilcock MRICS BSc (Hons)

He can be contacted via IWA Head Office – Call 01494 783453 or email: [email protected] 

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