SERVICES
Frost Associates’ development reflects changing times since its formation. The basic quantity surveying services scheduled under the three categories in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors publication Appointing a Quantity Surveyor: A Guide for Clients and Surveyors are central to the service offered. However, whilst providing a consistently high standard of traditional cost planning and control services over a number of years we have developed considerable expertise in a range of additional services. The following table gives a brief outline of the additional expertise that Frost Associates can offer throughout the life of a project.
Service

Detail

1

Project management

Acting on behalf of the Client to deliver projects on time and within budget with a duty of care to provide a cost effective and independent service as outlined in Model C Schedule of Services published by the Association for Project Management.

2

Condition survey

Detailed surveys of existing property to establish the cost of achieving the required level of repairs and improvement taking into account all applicable statutory requirements and DDA compliance. Establishing user friendly data bases containing the results of the surveys e.g. Decent Homes Standard for affordable housing.

3

Stakeholder consultation

Structured consultation with occupiers, owners and funders.

4

Development

Viability assessment of development options by preparing business plan models.

5

Risk assessment and management

Setting up the risk analysis and management process to be continuously updated throughout the life of the project.

6

Feasibility studies

Cost and funding assessments.

7

Option appraisal

Objective appraisal of the range of potential development options using cost/benefit analysis for monetary and non-monetary criteria.

8

Preparation of outline and detailed applications to regulatory/funding bodies

Completion of outline and detailed applications in standard formats e.g. PFI, HCA grant applications, Three Dragons assessments, etc.

9

Assessment of application to
regulatory/funding bodies

Assistance with project appraisal of applications to regulatory/funding bodies.

10

Value engineering and management

Assessment of value for money including facilitation of value engineering workshops.

11

Benchmarking

 

Establishment of benchmarks for cost and performance from extensive databases and facilitation of appraisal process.

12

Programming

Preparation of development programmes including critical path identification

13

Business planning

Development of detailed business plans and sensitivity analysis.

14

Capacity building with residents and consumer groups

Co-ordination of work with residents and consumer groups to aid their understanding of financial and funding aspects of regeneration.

15

Drafting bid enquiry documentation for large scale regeneration projects

Defining responsibilities and obligations of partners, cross subsidy requirements, overage arrangements, heads of terms, etc.

16

Bid assessment, evaluation and negotiation

Detailed appraisal and clarification of bids and subsequent negotiation / clarification and fine tuning as appropriate with the preferred bidder.

17

Negotiation with regulatory/funding agency

Preparation of funding applications and subsequent negotiation.

18

Negotiation and assistance with drafting of final development agreement

Negotiation and providing assistance to legal advisors in drafting principal development/transfer agreements.

19

Contract administration

 

Administering building contracts on behalf of the Client, chairing and minuting of meetings, implementing change orders, valuations, cashflow projections and the associated programme implications, quality control, dealing with contractor’s claims and extensions of time, financial reporting and settlement.

20

Project monitoring on behalf of the Client/funding organisation

Monitoring delivery of contracted outputs, risk assessment, control of changes, calculation of overage, etc. and production of regular status reports.