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Douglas Estimating Services

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Cathal Douglas
7 Cathedral Hill
County Donegal
F93 F2R6

About Douglas Estimating Services

Freelance Cost Consultant

Douglas Estimating Services provides expert cost advice for extensions, refurbishments, new builds and commercial fit-outs throughout Ireland.

Working with architects, engineers, QS firms, private clients and contractors for 20 years.

Services for professional QS firms
Flexible support for QS firms with 20 years' experience in the building industry. We use the latest Buildsoft packages, including Global Estimating and Cubit. Services include:
  • Bills of Quantities
  • Electronic Measurement
  • Cost Plans
  • Order of Magnitude Costings
  • Payment Recommendations
  • Reinstatement Cost Assessments
  • Valuations
  • Cost Reports

Services for private clients
Taking your architects plans, I provide you with an estimate of the costs you are likely to incur during your project. This is often required by financial firms before agreeing to support your funding requirements.

Typically, the process includes the following stages:

Budget Stage
The initial design stage provides an estimate based on planning drawings. Together we will discuss the options for your project that impact the cost. At this point you have two options: I can provide you with a low-cost estimate based on the size of your floor area, or a more detailed estimate including cost breakdown of the key elements of the build. The latter is usually required by funding organisations.

Tender Stage
Next, I work with your architect or design team to create a document called a "Bill of Quantities" (BoQ), and issue it to potential building contractors. With this document, they must provide an offer based on all the details of your build. I ensure tender responses are on a "like-for-like" basis. I prepare a comparison called a "tender analysis", so you can confidently select the most competitive contractor. Then I provide the contract documents for signing.

Post-Contract Stage
During construction, the contractor needs payments from you. Monthly, I compare the work carried out against the BoQ, and ensure my client does not over pay for work done. The post-contract service also records and assesses any changes to the works required. It ensures my client is aware of the impacts to costs and schedule.

Services for Contractors
Services include house extensions, refurbishments, conservation work, prestige new build residential projects as well as commercial projects.

I use the most up-to-date material and labour rates, combining these figures with appropriate waste and margin markups that will tally with current market rates.

I use the latest Buildsoft measurement technology (Cubit Pro) and Global Estimating to ensure reliability and accuracy when preparing tenders. I provide a full pre-contract QS service to building contractors, including measurement, pricing, tender negotiations, cost-saving exercises and subcontractor tender analysis.

For any other questions or enquiries, please contact us!


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