Project Management and Contract Administration

If engaging a ‘Project Manager’ is seen as a ‘extravagance’ then it is worth making an assessment of the cost of not engaging one. Put simply, a ‘project manager’ can help protect against overruns of time, money, under performance and standards of workmanship; and in doing so, can in fact save money.

Project management involves a range of duties from simply administering the contract financially, through to fully managing your construction or renovation project, including making sure that you comply with the various rules and regulations. Southdown Surveyors can help create the initial Specification and then oversee the competitive tendering process and award the contract. We can tailor-make our professional service around your budget and circumstances, across Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne, giving you the reassurance that your project is organised, controlled and implemented correctly and to your satisfaction.

Construction, refurbishment and maintenance projects will often involve a number of different professionals such as architects, builders and the Local Authority Planning and Building Control Departments for example. Drawing on our professional qualifications, our extensive and varied experience of the building industry, and our commitment to work with all parties in a friendly and cooperative way, we can look for potential problems before they occur, liaise with relevant parties to keep up the flow of information and work and help steer the project to completion on time and on budget. We can speak both the language of the building industry and that of our clients; translating where necessary!

If you would like the assistance of a professional, expert and friendly advisor to explain what your project involves, the right and wrong ways to approach it coupled with the confidence that comes from having your interests looked after at each step of the way, then engaging a project manager must surely be at the top of your list when planning your project. A quick, no obligation enquiry to us will help you decide whether we are the ones to work with and for you.

We are further experienced in liaising with lending institutions to authorise the draw-down of funds for projects where monies have been borrowed; as so often a stipulation and term of the lender.

Job Watch

Occasionally works may not necessarily warrant the expertise of a Surveyor throughout the project, although the security and peace-of-mind of our involvement at specific stages, may still be valued. The media are forever warning us about the risks of rogue tradesmen and ‘cowboy builders’ so, for just a small one-off fee we will happily look over any quotations received, perhaps meet the contractor, make a site visit and assess the finished job before you hand over the final payment, thus providing you or your vulnerable loved-one with peace-of-mind and financial reassurance.

Kind Words...

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The building survey report I received from Southdown for my proposed house purchase was extremely comprehensive and helpful. I had partly expected pages of general comments and padding. However it was very specific to the property and very detailed and it was clear that considerable amount of time and effort went into the survey itself and the report. It made very clear the remedial work and action points that are required and it will be very crucial in renegotiating the purchase price. Matthew Symonds who undertook the survey was genuinely interested and helpful in answering the various queries I had and gave me all the time I needed. He clearly understands customer service! The report was worth every penny and I have no hesitation in recommending Southdown Surveyors or using them in future.

Mr M. Grant