Dream Project Solutions is a national Registered Quantity Surveying and Cost Management practice.
Our dream is to make Quantity Surveying and Cost Management accessible by providing high quality and affordable service that brings projects to life and completion. We are ideally placed and equipped to help clients address the diverse challenges and opportunities confronting them and to deliver truly inspiring solutions and enduring legacies.
Dream Project Solutions provides a wide range of services, tailored towards pro-actively engaging all project stakeholders in the process of defining and achieving value for money.
We have placed much emphasis on value added services to those of traditional Quantity Surveying. The firm promotes timeous cost planning to ensure economy without compromising design, and maintains cost control via stringent cost checking and cost monitoring. In addition, the firm is well versed in assisting to procure equipment, furniture and fittings, and controlling costs of items over and above the construction fabric of buildings.
To play a constructive and meaningful role in enabling our clients to reach their objectives.
To save the client money. This is done by continuous advice and option costing on more cost-effective alternatives, standardisation when appropriate, and negotiation with contractor and sub-contractors alike.
To assist the client and design team in establishing the conditions and processes required for a successful project from the outset ensuring the early identification and assessment of risk, so that effective monitoring and management plans can be implemented.
To ensure that all procedures carried out by the practice are done with professionalism, impartiality, and integrity of the highest order. All documentation is generated and processed on computers using current software (Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, Win QS, PDF measure etc.)
To save the client more money than the amount we get paid in fees. This is done by continuous advice and option costing on more cost-effective alternatives, standardization when appropriate, negotiation with contractor and subcontractors alike, etc.
Dream Project Solutions manages client requirements, controls risk, manages cost and maximizes value for money throughout the course of a construction project and during operation of the facility:
EARLY (Affects Decision to Build)
- Feasibility studies
- Funding advice
- Development strategy
- Cost planning at an early stage prior to detailed design
- Cost studies to compare alternative materials and designs in terms of capital operating, maintenance and depreciation
- Design management
- Development strategy
- Due diligence, value and risk consulting
CONSTRUCTION (Affect Return on Investment)
- Payment and cash-flow
- Final reporting
- Change management
- Financial closure
- Project management
- Valuation of work done during construction
- Negotiating contract sums
- Cost management and reporting
- Settlement of final costs with the contractor and sub-contractors
- Final account reporting
PRE-CONTRACT (Affect Viability)
- Cost planning
- Value management
- Procurement strategies
- Value engineering
- Project development scheduling
- Advising on contractual arrangement and preparing tender procurement documents
- Investigating, checking and reporting on the suitability of sub-mitted tenders
- Cash flow predictions.
- Legal support and contract documents
OPERATION (Affect Running/Owning Costs)
- Project audit (forensic)
- Cost in use benchmark
- Efficiency audits
- Maintenance management
- Facility management
- Valuation for insurance purposes
- Watching brief role
- Body corporate audits
- Managing agent
- Fit for purpose analysis
- Budget projections
- Insurance claim audits
THE ESSENTIAL NEED FOR A QUANTITY SURVEYOR
The system of tendering on a lump sum basis on drawings and specification only, often gives rise to a wide difference between highest and lowest tender and creates difficulties in agreeing variations and settling final accounts on a basis which is fair to the Employer. In an attempt to remedy these difficulties, it has been common practice to include a schedule of rates to be used for additions and, with or without discount, for omissions. These schedules are however subject to manipulation by experienced contractors where they bear no direct relationship to the lump sum tender price.
In contrast to this, Bills of Quantities introduce a discipline at both tender and final account stages which contains the cost within a significantly narrower band.
It is now generally accepted that Bills of Quantities are essential for effective pre- and post-contract cost control and that it is not possible to properly cost manage projects in the financial vacuum that exists when tenders are called for on the basis of drawings and specification alone.
DEVELOPMENTS THAT WE WORK ON
- Corporate headquarters
- Office towers and business parks
- Regional and suburban retail centres
- Hotels and leisure complexes
- Heavy and light industrial developments
- Car Dealerships
- Hospitals and clinics
- Universities, colleges and schools
- Airport and commuter related facilities
- Sport stadiums
- Apartment blocks
- Religious institutions
- Tenant installations
- Public facilities
- Police stations
- Electrical and mechanical installations
- Infrastructure works including roads, housing, tunnels, etc.
- Refurbishment, renovations and maintenance of existing buildings