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Building Services Cost Management

Due to their importance, it is essential to have a detailed understanding of building services which is why Fanshawe add significant value to projects through our specialist in-house, highly motivated building services surveyors, who with their knowledge of building services can challenge design solutions to generate significant cost savings at no detriment to the design solution.

As a practice we believe in setting realistic budgets. Using industry standard pricing mechanisms linked to our in-house database of building services costs, enables us to produce accurate estimates based on relevant historic data.

Building services, in recent years, have become increasingly complex and critical and, with issues such as Parts L & P of the Building Regulations and BREEAM, will continue to have major implications on construction processes and costs. Our direct project experience includes considering renewable energy options such as ground source heating and cooling, photovoltaics, solar water heating, biomass boilers, biomass, combined heat and power, wind generation, thermal stores, rainwater recovery and the like.

We also add value in a number of other ways during the pre-contract stage. This includes a detailed check of building services engineers’ tender documents to ensure that items within the estimate have been included and highlighting any discrepancies or ambiguities in the documents, so minimising the potential for contractors claims.

We produce our own tender documents, which provides greater cost certainty for post contract variations, and thoroughly examine tender returns to identify exclusions or caveats and ultimately agree fair final accounts, rather than inflated costs due to a lack of in-house expertise.

Whilst our specialist building services surveyors work as part of the team they also provide an independent building services quantity surveying service to contractors and other consultants who lack the necessary in-house expertise to offer the specialist cost advice to their clients.

If you require more information on the building services quantity surveying service offered by Fanshawe please contact Martin Norburn.

Please view below for examples of projects where the above service was utilised.


Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Construction and new extension to existing Laboratory Complex.
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New Teaching Buildings, Lamorbey Park, Sidcup, Kent
Construction of New Teaching Buildings for Performing Arts College
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Blackheath Halls, Grade II* Listed Victorian Performance Halls
External repair, conservation and restoration of Grade II* Listed Victorian Performance Hall
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Art & Design College Refurbishment, Canterbury
Extensive refurbishment and reconfiguration of existing campus buildings and new extension building to accommodate lecture theatre and seminar rooms
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Bedales School, New Teaching and Admin Block, Petersfield
Construction of a new, RIBA prize winning, three storey 2,700m² teaching and administration building in Petersfield
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Davies Alpine House, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
This stunning RICA and Civic Trust award winning glass building provides a gateway and focal point for Kew’s Rock Gardens
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The Mandeville Hotel Refurbishment
Fanshawe were appointed as Quantity Surveyors for the £15 million refurbishment of the Edwardian building which was completed in June 2005.
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New Adult Education Building, London
New nine storey building including academic spaces, studios, a restaurant and a theatre.
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Category B Fit Out, 6th Floor, Belgrave House, London SW1
High specification Category B fit-out to one floor of building in London SW1 for oil trading company
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Bexhill College Redevelopment
This redevelopment for Bexhill College incorporated a new teaching and administration building, a new refectory and a new sports hall building, constructed within a a tight budget
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New Visitors Centre, Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex
New Visitor Centre complete with retail area, cafe, public and staff facilities and external works
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Headquarters Building, Invesco (UK)
A prestigious Cat B fit out, from shell and core, located in the heart of the City of London
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Orangery Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Refurbishment and extension of Grade I listed building
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Office Development, Chesterfield Gardens, London
A major refurbishment of a commercial building with a stunning Grade II Listed facade and internal finishes of a very high specification
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Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London
Grade I Listed, Scheduled Ancient Monument, World Heritage SIte
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Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex
RIBA, Civic Trust and Concrete Society award winning public access laboratories and underground storage facility.
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