Quantity Surveying Practices
Listed below are details of over 160 of major UK quantity surveying practices (last updated July 2018). It may also be downloaded in MS-Excel database format and includes a senior contact name for each practice, together with address, telephone number, website and email address.
This list complements a similar list of 170+ Key UK Building Surveying Practices. Our objectives in compiling both lists was to identify medium- to large-sized firms, which are more likely to be participating in major projects and, whilst the duplication of practices in the two lists has been kept to a minimum by selecting firms for each list based on their principal activity, there is some minor overlap as some firms appear equally active in both fields. However, it should be noted that where this is the case the individual contact names provided for each entry have not been duplicated and have been selected according to their primary role, i.e. in this list all contacts have a managerial or directorial responsibility for quantity surveying functions.
In order to summarise the role of the quantity surveyor, the RICS states, “Quantity surveyors are the cost managers of construction. They are initially involved with the capital expenditure phase of a building or facility, which is the feasibility, design and construction phases. But quantity surveyors can also be involved with the extension, refurbishment, maintenance and demolition of a facility.”
In terms of the specification of products and services, quantity surveyors may have influence in the selection. Needless to say, this will occur in significantly fewer cases than with, perhaps, an architect, but nonetheless they represent an important group for suppliers.
In its 2017 paper titled 'The Quantity Surveyor', produced as part of its ‘Developing Construction Personas' series, construction product marketing specialist, Competitive Advantage explains that the QS “....can be found in many different roles on the construction project: representing the Client, acting as Project Manager, writing specifications, giving advice on sustainability. Occasionally the QS makes product recommendations but more often he/she is overseeing choices to ensure the Client gets value”.
Back in 2002, The Builder Group and Barbour Index set about assessing the role of the QS in terms of specification influence and commissioned NOP to carry out research to “provide marketeers with data to guide their advertising and promotion decisions.” Whilst somewhat dated, the findings do still go some-way to underlining the influence which quantity surveyors have on the selection and specification of products. The results suggested that, of the professionals “involved in specifying the types of product or materials used in projects”, 9% were quantity surveyors (compared, for example, to 24% for architects and 30% for contractors).
Direct promotions, social media and trade shows aside, specific targeting of the sector by construction product and service providers is possible through focused media, such as the journals Modus, Building Control Journal, Building and Facilities Management, etc. This directory includes a database of over 300 UK construction industry journals for viewing or downloading, with details including ad rates, circulation data, and editorial contacts (with email addresses). In order to find those which include surveyors amongst their circulation, download the database, select the 'main readership' column and enter the term ‘surveyor’ in the search box. In order to support PR activities, please view or download our separate database Editorial Contacts at 300+ UK Construction Journals, which includes editorial-specific email addresses for each publication.
There are over 200 construction exhibitions detailed in our UK Construction Exhibition Calendar; however, the annual RICS Quantity Surveying & Construction Conference is a dedicated and key event in the profession's calendar and includes opportunities for suppliers to present their services/products. The next edition will held on 23rd May 2019 and you can find details here.