5 simple reasons why you need a quantity surveyor

Here at Bushell Raven, we’re on a mission to spread the word about how important it is to hire a skilled and experienced quantity surveyor.

We understand that many people are unsure about the role of a QS, which is why we’re here to clear up the myths surrounding quantity surveying, and to get the word out about the benefits.

Let’s look at 5 simple and straightforward reasons why you need a quantity surveyor…

1. A QS will save you stress

Not only does it rhyme, it’s completely true! A quantity surveyor will make the process much easier and stress-free, letting you get on with different aspects of your project.

2. You are more likely to save money

The key point of a quantity surveyor’s role is to help you have an accurate projection of the costs involved in your project, they will look at the best value for money and the most cost effective way of doing things.

3. They will look at the bigger picture

A QS will look at every step of a project from start to finish, this means that everything will be streamlined, kept on budget and within the ideal timing deadlines.

4. They will deliver alternative ideas you might not have thought of…

This is an important reason why a skilled and experienced QS will benefit your project, as they are likely to have years of experience behind them and might’ve worked on similar projects to yours in the past.

5. They are highly organised and great negotiators

This ties into reason number two (saving money). Quantity surveyors are highly numerate and are at ease controlling the entire budget of a project (sometimes totalling into millions of pounds). They are also knowledgeable about building legislation, materials and design, so can add an extra dimension to your project.

So there you have it, five reasons why you need a quantity surveyor. If you have any other questions about the benefits, please do get in touch with us, we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Hi, we’re quantity surveyors, nice to meet you…

When we’re in a situation where we introduce ourselves as a quantity surveyor, it isn’t uncommon that we’re then asked, “What does a quantity surveyor actually do?”

Well, that’s the question we’re hoping to answer for you in today’s blog.

We know there seems to be mystery surrounding quantity surveying, and many people aren’t entirely sure what it is that a quantity surveyor actually does. That’s why it’s a good job that here at Bushell Raven, we’re the experts in all things QS!

Firstly, let’s take a look at what a quantity surveyor is and what they do…

We know that working with building contracts can be a logistical nightmare unless you know what you’re doing, so we take care of all the paperwork, valuations and negotiations – allowing you to focus on what’s important.

Here’s a tick list of everything we cover:

  • Develop preliminary cost plan
  • Prepare tender documents and send out to different contractors
  • Prepare pre-tender estimate
  • Review and analyse tenders and prepare tender report
  • Carry out cost saving exercises as required
  • Prepare letter of intent/contract documents
  • Check contractor’s monthly claim for payment and issue certificate
  • Agree costs for variations and changes
  • Prepare and issue monthly financial statements to Client
  • Agree contractor’s final account

We pride ourselves on our simple and honest service. But what makes us different from all the other quantity surveyors out there? We have all the traditional skills, but we have a modern outlook too – and this mind-set is something that has made us stand head and shoulders from our competitors time and time again.

When you work with us you’ll feel secure in the knowledge that we have your best interests at heart – keeping costs down and projects complete on time!

So all in all, that’s what a Quantity Surveyor does – saves you money, time and stress. Simple.

Furness College New Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre Opens

Furness College’s New Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre, the first of its kind in Cumbria, which Bushell Raven project managed  was completed on time and in budget.   See link below for full details of the opening.  We wish Furness College every success with this venture.


New Appointments

Bushell Raven have been appointed as Contract Administrator for the construction of a new railway line by South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society near Alston, Cumbria.

Bushell Raven have also been appointed as quantity surveyor and project manager for the flood reinstatement works at the historic Grade 1 listed Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria.

RIBA North West Regional Award 2016


We are very pleased to have acted as Quantity Surveyors on a very impressive private dwelling that has just been awarded the RIBA North West Regional Award.

The judges noted the sensitivity of design and construction in a conservation area, the quality of the workmanship and spaces that ‘feel like they should be lived in’.

Well done to all the team.

Architect: Bennetts Associates

Contractor: Duckett Building Services

View North West Awards 2016 Certificate

Flood Reinstatement Work

Following the flooding in December 2015, Bushell Raven are busy project managing the insurance reinstatement works of a detached office in Kendal, Cumbria. The Contract has been signed and the Contractor is two weeks into a six week project. This is a fast track project to ensure the tenant can move back into the premises and continue trading.