Our quantity surveyors advise clients across the UK on the financial considerations of their built projects. The team is committed to helping clients achieve optimal value from any project, while honouring the requirements outlined in the initial brief.


A condition of banks or lenders providing loan facilities to fund building projects is often that a professional, such as a chartered surveyor, monitors the project from inception through to practical completion. This monitoring advice includes overseeing all building issues relating to a new construction project. Carter Jonas has a number of chartered surveyors who are experienced in this field.

Once appointed, we visit the proposed development to become familiar with all physical aspects of the site and we request copies of relevant information from the developer or builder. This information will often include construction details, costs and programmes, flood risk assessments, ecology and ground reports, statutory planning, listed building consent, building regulation information, approvals relating to health and safety, and relevant legal documents.

Controlling costs is fundamental to keeping expenditure at the right level throughout a project. Our quantity surveying team delivers an end-to-end cost advisory service, which includes feasibility advice, pre-tender estimates, the preparation of pricing schedules and documentation, tender analysis and evaluation, interim valuations of works, and final account analysis.

Accurate and comprehensive reinstatement cost assessments are essential to ensure that, should a building incur damage from an insured risk, there is sufficient insurance cover for the property owner to recover their loss.

Carter Jonas regularly provides assessments for both commercial and residential buildings to a wide range of clients and owners across all property sectors. We are particularly well placed to advise on the complexities surrounding historic and listed buildings, having assessed numerous such structures over the years and amassed the specialist knowledge that comes with that experience.

The chartered surveyors working across our UK office network offer a highly bespoke service to clients. They have a thorough understanding of the costs and considerations involved in any project.

Demonstrating optimal value from a project is at the forefront of every brief we receive. This doesn’t mean we advocate the cheapest option every time, but it means we acknowledge the important role that cost control plays in delivering projects successfully – starting right at the engagement stage.

Our procurement advice encompasses all elements of the project team – from the design team, statutory engagements, enabling works contractors, specialist surveyors and, of course, the principal contractors. We work with our clients to create a procurement route that is not only suited to the requirements of their business, but that also meets the project requirements effectively.

We are well placed to advise on procurement against a range of public sector frameworks and processes, having experience across the spectrum, including SCAPE, Crown Commercial Services (CCS), Buying Solutions and OJEU.

Cost consultancy at Carter Jonas is delivered by chartered surveyors with many years of experience in this specialist field. It is an integral function of our building consultancy service and it ensures that our clients benefit from high-quality, holistic advice.


The team is focused on helping clients to manage their expectations around the financial commitments they will be imparting to their property. Whether this takes the form of a pre-acquisition development appraisal, pre-construction planning or a reinstatement cost assessment, an accurate construction valuation is key to making informed decisions.

Matthew Ellams
Head of Project Management
0113 203 1091 email me about Matthew

Matthew Ellams is head of our project management team. He has considerable experience within the sector and has worked across a wide range of projects, servicing many different types of clients.

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