From procurement through to Final Account, Fortis offers a comprehensive quantity surveying service. Tender documentation, vetting, contract documentation, interim valuations/milestone schedules, variations & compensation events, claims and negotiation of prompt final accounts. We also act for Developers in establishing budgets, arranging and advising on procurement routes. We also are engaged by financial institutions to act as Project Monitor.
We are regularly called upon to review contracts prior to signature and negotiate more equitable terms for our Client where possible. Also, drafting and amending conditions of contract (and sub-contracts). Poor drafting only creates conflict and disputes. Fortis can also assist you by ensuring you have the correct contractual notices in lace to protect your commercial interests. Most often, we are called upon to expedite and resolve issues over improper payment.Call 0845 548 5684 today for a free initial no obligation consultation.
This service is becoming increasingly popular with our widening Client base. Sometimes particular projects run into delay or are disrupted, jeopardising completion and involing damages. Fortis will quickly analyse the causes, and issue all notices etc. to regularise the contract where possible. Thereafter, we will recommend the most time and or cost effective measures to be taken to ensure efficient project delivery. We would aim to negotiate the participation of all stakeholders to ensure the best outcome for all parties.
For a small investment (usually a few hundred pounds) we will review any proposed contract terms prior to commencement. This entails writing to the Main Contractor (or equivalent) and seeking to negotiate and amend terms which are less onerous. In tandem, we prepare a simple user guide which helps the manager comply with timescales for notices and other obligations, and we can provide template letters to assist the process. There is always a risk in contracting, however if you do not dilute or improve the terms in advance, you do not get the opportunity later. Who is responsible for design? What happens when I am delayed? What are the damages? Do I need insurances? Etc.
We act for Subcontractors and Specialists across the construction and engineering sectors. Many of our Clients are SMEs for whom cash flow is imperative. Getting paid properly and promptly. We are able to assist with Subcontractors commercial management, procedures and effective use of legislation to improve the payment process.
A logical programme of your activites agreed at the outset provides a baseline against which you can identify and monitor delay. It can also assist in the day to day management of your work and may serve you well if your works are delayed and a claim arises. Where a programme is provided by the Contractor, ensure you resource appropriately. Do not take on unrealistic timescales. Monitor and report on progress, productivity and delays if any occur. We have a professional Planning Department and they can assist in preparing, monitoring and updating programmes for progress reporting, as well as providing impacted as-built analyses to substantiate any time entitlement. The earlier you engage in the process, the better prospect you have in delivering a successful project and being paid.