Armour Construction Consultants offer a distinct yet complementary range of professional consultancy services.  Details of the core services that we offer are set out below:

Quantity Surveying / Cost Consultancy

We place great emphasis on the planning and control of construction costs and the appropriate balancing of risk throughout the project lifecycle to ensure the realisation of maximum value for a client’s investment.

General activities include but not limited to the following: –

  • Feasibility studies
  • Option appraisals
  • Project viability, due diligence and funder project monitoring
  • Strategic benchmarking and comparative cost analysis
  • Detailed cost planning, estimating and cost modelling
  • MEP cost management
  • Procurement advice
  • Selection of appropriate forms of contract
  • Contractual advice
  • Risk and value management
  • Cash flow forecasting and management
  • Tendering and best value strategies
  • Detailed building & M&E BQ production (all measurement rules)
  • Tender evaluation and reporting
  • Change management
  • Post contract cost management
  • Capital allowances advice
  • Management of client funds (RICS regulated)
  • Whole life costing
  • Strategic project advice
Project Management

Complex individual projects or programmes of multiple concurrent projects can often require additional specialist management techniques. Armours have a dedicated in-house team of experienced Project Managers who can be engaged to influence stakeholders and drive complex projects to a successful completion whilst maximising value for our Clients. We apply a proactive, knowledgeable and collaborative approach to all our projects ensuring we get the best from the project team and amplify their respective contributions.

General activities include but not limited to the following: –

  • Developing the client brief
  • Coordinating tenant / end user requirements
  • Assisting with the formation of a development budget
  • Engaging a design team on behalf of the Client
  • Advising on procurement and contractual arrangements
  • Liaising / negotiating with legal advisors on contract provisions and amendments
  • Designing bespoke systems and procedures to suit specific project challenges
  • Risk management and corrective action strategies
  • Programming of design and construction activities throughout the RIBA plan of work stages and OGC gateways
  • Change management
  • Value engineering
  • Monitoring activities and initiating any corrective action
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Site appraisals
  • Buildability reviews
  • Construction and handover management
Contract Management / Administration

As Contract Administrators we are appointed to administer the terms of the building contract between clients and their contractors. Responsibilities will vary between differing forms of contract (e.g., Contract Administrator and Employer’s Agent for JCT/SBCC or Project Manager for NEC) but there is a required experience, aptitude and consistency of approach that remains constant.

Our experienced Contract Administrators establish excellent relationships with all parties to help avoid disputes and resolve any issues encountered in a manner that is balanced and aligned to any embedded contractual responsibility.

General activities include but not limited to the following: –

  • Establishing and implementing contract terms
  • Ensuring all parties are familiar with their obligations and remain compliant at all times
  • Preparing contract documents for execution
  • Ensuring information is communicated in a timely manner to ensure the smooth progression of the contract
  • Ensuring that the works are progressing in accordance with the contract programme
  • Change control procedures and managing formal instructions
  • Agreeing defects reporting procedures
  • Managing contractual issues including time extension claims
  • Determining applications for an extension of time
  • Managing adjustments to the contract price
  • Keeping accurate contemporary records
  • Certifying works and issuing Practical Completion certificates
  • Proactively identifying and resolving problems between parties
  • Additional Pre-Contract services as required by the Client
CDM Services

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) govern the management of health, safety and welfare relative to construction projects. CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance works with very specific duties being placed upon the following named duty holders: –

  • The Client
  • The Principal Designer and
  • The Principal Contractor

Our dedicated CDM team includes qualified designers and health and safety practitioners who can act as Advisors to the above duty holders and safely guide them through their obligations under these onerous Regulations.

They can also act as the Principal Designer taking sole responsibility for: –

  • Planning, managing, monitoring and coordinating health and safety in the pre-construction phase
  • Coordinating the issue of pre-construction information designers and contractors need to carry out their duties
  • Working with designers to eliminate, reduce or control foreseeable health and safety risks to anyone affected by the work
  • Liaising with the principal contractor on any risks that need to be controlled during the construction phase
Construction Claims Consultancy

We provide advice on the design and management of Contracts to mitigate or allocate risk and to avoid claims. We also offer support in advising how best to deal with claims when they do unavoidably occur.

General activities include but not limited to the following: –

  • Claims management
  • Claims defence
  • Dispute management and resolution
  • Commercial settlement strategies and negotiations
  • Forensic delay analysis
  • Quantum evaluation
  • Termination, disruption, extension of time, additional payment and variations-based claims
  • Mediation / conciliation
  • Adjudication and arbitration
  • Expert witness