Cost Planning Services

Our approach to cost planning revolves around providing accurate, real-time costs through traditional methodologies and advanced measurement technologies.

As a design partner, Mitchell Brandtman will work alongside all stakeholders to provide cost certainty by setting a cost strategy that generates efficiencies, time and cost savings, and greater transparency and trust amongst all project partners.

Cost Planning

Developing certainty in cost, design and buildability reduces risk and creates better projects with sustainable profits.

Cost planning is the cornerstone of successful construction projects, ensuring delivery within set budgets while maintaining design integrity. At Mitchell Brandtman, we understand the critical importance of this stage and the value it brings to our clients.

Our team provides real-time collaboration, ensuring that all stakeholder goals are met, and facilitating a shared understanding of project costs from inception to completion.

Our team conducts thorough quantity take-offs and continuously revises cost plans throughout all phases of the project, ensuring accuracy and reliability. We prioritise value management to explore cost-saving opportunities without compromising project objectives.

Consulting with our clients we then suggest the implementation of value engineering techniques and maintain open communication with stakeholders – this allows us to reach a balance between scope and budget, ultimately delivering accurate cost plans that align with business objectives.

Our team follows traditional quantity surveying project pathways but our methodology and process have a non-traditional approach leveraging contemporary 5D quantity surveying techniques. This approach enables us to produce accurate and timely cost analyses at any stage of the phase of a project from concept design through to construction, and post-construction.

Our systematic approach

Our expertise in traditional cost planning and the rigorous methodologies we use allow us to determine the right approach and tools to use for each project, based on its unique needs and desired outcomes.

We then allocate a team to each individual project based on the structure needed, including a team leader who operates as the key point of contact for the project manager and principal consultant. This aids in efficient communication and successful delivery of the project, every time.

In addition to our deep sector knowledge, and understanding of the industries we serve, we create efficiencies through technology and our systemised methodologies, including utilising 5D Quantity Surveying to integrate and improve Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Cost Planning Services

At project conception, solidify your vision. Our quantity surveyors provide expert feasibility and concept estimating services to get your project on the right foot.  Leveraging industry data and our experience, we’ll develop a clear picture of potential costs – all at the initial stages of design.

This empowers you to take a calculated approach relating to project scope, budget allocation, and material selection.  Our feasibility estimates identify potential risks and hidden costs, while concept estimates give you a realistic financial roadmap.  With us by your side, you can confidently determine if your project is financially viable and move forward with a clear plan for success.

The arrival of the EDC (formerly CIV) streamlines development cost estimation, impacting fees and approvals across all project scales.  The new Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021 (EP&A Regulation) and Planning Circular PS 24-002 dictates your development pathway, fee structure, and application requirements. Our experienced Quantity Surveyors, all AIQS (CQS)-accredited, translate this new system into clear benefits for your project.

We delve deep to understand your project’s unique needs, delivering bespoke EDC reports that seamlessly align with your vision. With unmatched industry knowledge, we ensure your reports are accurate, compliant, and meet all regulatory requirements.

Our efficient approach minimizes delays, ensuring timely delivery of your EDC report. This allows you to focus on what matters most – bringing your project to life – with the peace of mind that comes with expert guidance.

Preliminary and concept cost plans provide clients with crucial foresight into potential project expenses. Preliminary cost plans, crafted with limited design details, offer a ballpark figure to assess project feasibility. Concept cost plans, based on more developed designs, refine the estimate with greater accuracy.

These plans empower clients to:

  • Early cost insights allow clients to decide if a project aligns with their budget and make adjustments before significant design investment.
  • With cost implications laid bare, clients can evaluate different design approaches and choose the most cost-effective path.
  • A realistic cost plan strengthens funding applications by demonstrating financial preparedness to governing bodies, lenders or investors.

The design development phase of a construction project thrives on creativity, but financial viability remains a critical concern. We bridge this gap by employing a meticulous technical process for cost planning and estimating.

Our approach prioritizes accurate cost estimates during design development. We leverage traditional quantity take-off methods combined with cutting-edge measurement technologies. This ensures real-time cost data is available for collaborative decision-making.

Throughout this crucial phase, our team thoroughly revises the cost plan, reflecting design changes and maintaining its accuracy. We champion value management, exploring cost-saving alternatives without sacrificing project goals. Through open communication with clients, we suggest value engineering techniques that optimize the balance between project scope and budget.

This focus on cost planning during design development ensures the final cost plan aligns with your business objectives.

By the conclusion of design development, we deliver a robust cost estimate based on a transparent and replicable technical process. This estimate serves as a critical benchmark for data-driven direction before the project goes to the tender market and construction commences.

Mitchell Brandtman can enhance project delivery through value engineering and value management services. These methodologies go beyond simple cost reduction.  We conduct a comprehensive analysis, identifying functions within the design and proposing alternative materials or construction methodologies that optimise value.

This might involve specifying readily available, high-performance materials in place of more expensive options. Value management takes a holistic approach, extending beyond initial construction costs. We consider life-cycle analysis, ensuring ongoing maintenance remains economical. By partnering with Mitchell Brandtman, you gain a project that delivers optimal value throughout its lifespan.

Pre-tender Estimates as a service represent an important tool for achieving financial certainty in your construction project. We meticulously analyse tender documentation and reports to quantify all work elements. This comprehensive cost breakdown considers material quantities, labour requirements, and subcontractor costs.

The pre-tender estimate serves as a cornerstone for tender evaluation. By establishing a robust cost model, we empower you to compare contractor bids against a substantiated benchmark, readily identifying any significant deviations or unrealistic pricing.  Furthermore, this process facilitates proactive risk mitigation by pinpointing potential cost overruns and value engineering opportunities within the design stage. This ensures optimal project budgeting from the very beginning.

A Bill of Quantities (BOQ) serves as a pre-tender document, meticulously detailing the measured quantities of all materials, labour, and equipment required to complete a project. The BOQ is derived from a thorough analysis of all project drawings, reports and specifications. This standardised document ensures clarity and consistency during the tendering process.

Contractors competing for the project base their tenders on the identical scope of work outlined in the BOQ, fostering a level playing field for competition. Beyond its role in tendering, the BOQ becomes a cornerstone for effective cost control throughout construction. It allows for precise comparisons between budgeted and actual costs, enabling the identification and mitigation of potential cost variations early in the project. By providing a transparent and comprehensive breakdown of project costs, the BOQ empowers informed decision-making for all stakeholders involved.

The tender assessment service involves evaluation of tenders submitted for construction projects. We dissect each tender, analysing the proposed costs, timelines, and resources against project specifications, pre-tender estimates and current market conditions. This exercise helps clients identify inconsistencies, unrealistic pricing, and potential risks included within a tender.

The tender assessment service allows clients to gain valuable insights to:

  • Select the most cost-effective tender: The analysis ensures value for money by identifying inflated quotes or areas for negotiation.
  • Mitigate project risks: The assessment pinpoints potential problems with unrealistic timelines or resource allocation within a tender.
  • Make informed decisions: The service equips clients with a clear understanding of each tender’s strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to choose the best fit for the project.

A critical impartial role within most Australian Standard contracts is the Superintendent service. Engaged within the contract the Superintendent role acts as the Contracts Administrator of contract directions and assists the various roles within the development and construction team in their engagements. Importantly, the Superintendent issues the appropriate certification and documentation in accordance with the appropriate Acts.

The Superintendent will:

  • Monthly attendance at the project site to complete monthly progress claim assessments and attend PCG meetings with the contractor.
  • Issue of variation contract sum adjustments based on completed assessments.
  • Agree and issue progress certificates.
  • Coordination of the RFIs (request for information).
  • Review, comment and make recommendations in regards to the Contact conditions.
  • Issue extension of time assessments.
  • Issue Practical Completion and Final Certificates.

Where there is an existing Superintendent engaged on the project, we act as the support administration role to provide the following:

  • Monthly attendance at the project site to complete monthly progress claim assessments and provide to the Superintendent.
  • Preparation of approximate estimates of variations that may or may not be subsequently authorised (see below).
  • Measurement, valuation and negotiation of variations introduced to the contract.
  • Checking and negotiating cost claims associated with extensions of time.

A variation assessment acts as a guardian against cost surprises. It meticulously examines any proposed changes (variations) to the original building contract. This includes dissecting the builder’s claims for additional works, ensuring they align with the documented changes, contract terms, market rates, and project specifications.

By utilising this service, clients can:

Verify variation costs: The assessment safeguards against inflated claims, ensuring fair pricing for any necessary changes.

Maintain project budget: Identifying and potentially negotiate down excessive variation costs helps keep the project financially on track.

Manage project scope: A clear picture of variation costs allows clients to make informed decisions about approving or modifying proposed changes.

In order to track and monitor the transparency of a GMP project, we review every trade subcontractor package that the contractor proposes under the contract and provide a recommendation.

This role enables us to be entrenched in the actual costs of the works and manage on your behalf the share of savings that you are entitled to (if applicable). It is critical that this approach is clearly expressed in the building contract and understood by all contracting parties.

For more than 50 years we have worked on over 42,000 projects within the building and construction industry in Australia, and globally.

Here are just some of the projects we have completed and are currently working on.

Officeworks cairns

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be providing Financiers QS services...

Read More

Officeworks cairns

COMMERCIAL

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be providing Financiers QS services on Officeworks Cairns and is looking forward to working with CAWP Cairns Pty Ltd on Officeworks Toowoomba also.

Paradise gardens shopping centre, thornlands

Mitchell Brandtman are providing Superintendent services on Paradise Gardens Shopping Centre...

Read More

Paradise gardens shopping centre, thornlands

RETAIL & SHOPPING

Mitchell Brandtman are providing Superintendent services on Paradise Gardens Shopping Centre for Development Directive.

Development Directive have been engaged to oversee completion and delivery of project feasibility analysis, design, town planning approvals, resumption negotiations, tendering and construction of a development over a 6.25 hectare site which will deliver: 

• Neighbourhood Shopping Centre with 8,000sqm GFA;
• 1.4 hectares of green space parkland;
• Internal roads and signalised intersection;
• Two future development lots (1ha & 0.3 ha lots).

Storelocal, hendra

The new site provides customers with more than just a...

Read More

Storelocal, hendra

Self-storage

The new site provides customers with more than just a wide range of unit sizes and storage options, but with a new industry benchmark. Located just down the road from Brisbane Airport, the facility contains multi-use spaces for co-working and trade stores. In addition to its innovative features, Hendra also offers 24-hour access to its four levels of keyless secure self storage.

Mitchell Brandtman provided full Quantity Surveying services on this state of the art storage facility.

Hof noosavile by stockwell

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be the Financiers QS on Hof,...

Read More

Hof noosavile by stockwell

RESIDENTIAL

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be the Financiers QS on Hof, Noosaville by Stockwell.

A collection of 90 apartments nestled in a private and leafy pocket of Noosaville, carefully designed to capture the light, breeze and natural beauty of the surrounding hinterland.

Click here for further information 

Habitat early learning

Mitchell Brandtman was proud to have provided both QS and...

Read More

Habitat early learning

Child care

Mitchell Brandtman was proud to have provided both QS and Superintendent services on this state of the art Early Learning Centre in Pergian Springs, QLD.

Weststate private hospital, townsville

This $60m development will see the transformation of Townsville West...

Read More

Weststate private hospital, townsville

HEALTH & AGED CARE

This $60m development will see the transformation of Townsville West State School into a private hospital delivering a hub of health services to the local community. The development plans to restore and repurpose the heritage listed building into specialist medical suites, with a five-storey private hospital proposed to be built on the neighbouring 1600sqm vacant site located on Sturt Street and Ingham Road – less than 1km from the CBD.

The hospital will provide 22 hospital beds, 4 operating theatres and deliver a range of much-needed specialist services including orthopaedics, cardiology, urology and maxillo-facial to the Townsville community as well as supporting services including radiology, pathology, physiotherapy and pharmaceutical services.

Riverway plaza, townsville

Read More

Riverway plaza, townsville

Lasail by traders in purple

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be the Financier's QS on...

Read More

Lasail by traders in purple

RESIDENTIAL

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be the Financier's QS on Lasail in Newport.

Designed by award-winning Architects Rothelowman, Lasail sits perfectly between land and ocean, in one of the most sought-after locations in the Moreton Bay region. 

Built with quality, space and amenity in mind, Lasail is a highly sought-after development of absolute waterfront two and three-bedroom apartments, finished with the style and refinement you’d expect in this luxurious location. Embrace a carefree coastal lifestyle, with beautiful water views from every apartment and the unique opportunity to secure a marina berth right outside your home.

Celebrating the enviable Queensland climate, a year round outdoor lifestyle is embraced within this tropical resort. With a designer swimming pool, poolside lawns and landscaping, garden lounges and courtyards, BBQ facilities and abundant tropical landscaping and vertical greenery, the facilities at Lasail are akin to a luxury hotel.

Palmwoods over 50s lifestyle resort

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be providing Financier's QS services...

Read More

Palmwoods over 50s lifestyle resort

Aged care

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be providing Financier's QS services on Palmwoods for GemLife.

Palmwoods over 50s lifestyle resort by GemLife has exceptional, premium recreational facilities and beautifully designed, low-maintenance homes. GemLife’s secure, friendly communities are created exclusively for the over-50s. 

Student accomadation for bornfree property pty. Ltd.

This student accommodation is a five storey building with a...

Read More

Student accomadation for bornfree property pty. Ltd.

RESIDENTIAL

This student accommodation is a five storey building with a basement located near to Monash University. The building is well designed by ODO and consists of 130 studio and one or two bed rooms units, food and drink premises and amenities.

Mitchell Brandtman is providing  full Cost Planning and Quantity Surveying services for Bornfree Property Pty. Ltd.

Silk one by sarazin property

Mitchell Brandtman is providing Financier's QS services on Silk One...

Read More

Silk one by sarazin property

RESIDENTIAL

Mitchell Brandtman is providing Financier's QS services on Silk One by Sarazin Property.

In the heart of this Wooloongabba, adjacent to the world-renowned sporting ground ‘The Gabba’, Silk One is set to redefine expectations of what’s possible for inner-city living.

A collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments in the heart of the Woolloongabba transformation with views overlooking the Gabba and beyond to the CBD.

The beach apartments broadbeach

Read More

The beach apartments broadbeach

Residential
100 Harris Street

Read More

100 Harris Street

Hotel
Cronulla rsl

Read More

Cronulla rsl

Hospitality
Taren point business centre

Read More

Taren point business centre

Industrial
Regis aged care lutwyche

Read More

Regis aged care lutwyche

Aged care
The avenue canberra

Read More

The avenue canberra

Hotel
Flour mill summer hill

Read More

Flour mill summer hill

Residential
Town square redbank plains

Read More

Town square redbank plains

Shopping Center; Retail
Riverway plaza, townsville

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be the Financier's QS on Riverway...

Read More

Riverway plaza, townsville

RETAIL & SHOPPING

Mitchell Brandtman is proud to be the Financier's QS on Riverway Plaza which is approximately 17 km south-west of the Townsville CBD.  The current centre is anchored by Woolworths (2,800 sqm) and accompanied by 500 sqm of speciality retail.

Geon Property is excited to share plans for the expansion and redevelopment of Riverway Plaza. The new Riverway Plaza is set to transform the precinct into a contemporary, family-friendly centre.

The redevelopment is expected to generate up to 250 jobs during construction, with local builder Phoenix Constructions targeting 100% local trades.To ensure minimal disruption to the community and retailers, construction will take place over two stages.

One five six oxlade drive by azure

Read More

One five six oxlade drive by azure

RESIDENTIAL
Gambaro hotel

Read More

Gambaro hotel

Hotel
Kingsford terrace seniors living

Read More

Kingsford terrace seniors living

Aged care
Bower st manly

Read More

Bower st manly

Kurv newstead

Read More

Kurv newstead

Residential
Cabramatta bowling club

Read More

Cabramatta bowling club

The marketplace gungahlin

Read More

The marketplace gungahlin

Shopping Center; Retail
Gerrale street kitchen

Read More

Gerrale street kitchen

Hospitality
St brigid’s green maroubra

Read More

St brigid’s green maroubra

Aged care
Sikorsky helicopter facilities

Read More

Sikorsky helicopter facilities

Southpoint

Read More

Southpoint

Public
The gables, box hill

Read More

The gables, box hill

Public
1888 hotel pyrmont

Read More

1888 hotel pyrmont

Victoria Park – Master Plan and Implementation Plan for the rejuvenation of Victoria Park

Read More

Victoria Park – Master Plan and Implementation Plan for the rejuvenation of Victoria Park

Sports and recreation
Croft and Cremorne by Stockwell

Read More

Croft and Cremorne by Stockwell

Mirada by Horan Group

Read More

Mirada by Horan Group

Residential
Panorama

Read More

Panorama

Residential
South Village Community Park, Kirrawee

Read More

South Village Community Park, Kirrawee

Public
Katoomba RSL

Read More

Katoomba RSL

Hospitality
Central Coast Arts Centre

Read More

Central Coast Arts Centre

St Patrick’s Green, Kogarah

Read More

St Patrick’s Green, Kogarah

Aged care
Kinross Townhomes, Thornlands. By Ausbuild

Read More

Kinross Townhomes, Thornlands. By Ausbuild

Residential
Lexington Townhomes, Albany Creek. By Ausbuild

Read More

Lexington Townhomes, Albany Creek. By Ausbuild

Residential
Gregory Hills Town Centre, Gregory Hills

Read More

Gregory Hills Town Centre, Gregory Hills

Shopping Center and retail
Golden Century Restaurant, Haymarket

Read More

Golden Century Restaurant, Haymarket

Hospitality
PACIFIC, Palm Beach

Read More

PACIFIC, Palm Beach

Residential
Stanhill Apartments, Chevron Island

Read More

Stanhill Apartments, Chevron Island

Residential
Manhattan Apartments, Chevron Island

Read More

Manhattan Apartments, Chevron Island

Residential
Lord Street Apartments, Kirra.

Read More

Lord Street Apartments, Kirra.

Melbourne East Police Station

Read More

Melbourne East Police Station

Pinnacle Apartments Cronulla

Read More

Pinnacle Apartments Cronulla

Residential
Family Violence Centre of Learning, Victoria

Read More

Family Violence Centre of Learning, Victoria

Elara and Newpark, Marsden Park

Read More

Elara and Newpark, Marsden Park

Subdivision
Panorama, Bowen Hills

Read More

Panorama, Bowen Hills

Macquarie Park

Read More

Macquarie Park

Office
Quest Hotel, Robina

Read More

Quest Hotel, Robina

Hotel
Eickhoff Braemar Industrial Project

Read More

Eickhoff Braemar Industrial Project

Industrial
The Ridgeway Barden Ridge

Read More

The Ridgeway Barden Ridge

Infrastructure
Gregory Hills Corporate Park NSW

Read More

Gregory Hills Corporate Park NSW

Industrial subdivision
Woodend Primary School

Read More

Woodend Primary School

Education
School of Total Education

Read More

School of Total Education

Education
Penrith Christian School

Read More

Penrith Christian School

Education
Villanova College

Read More

Villanova College

Education
The Lennox Parramatta

Read More

The Lennox Parramatta

Residential
OZ Education Tuggerah

Read More

OZ Education Tuggerah

Childcare
OZ Education Lidcombe

Read More

OZ Education Lidcombe

Childcare
OZ Education Homebush

Read More

OZ Education Homebush

Childcare
Bundeena Community & Services Club

Read More

Bundeena Community & Services Club

Hospitality
The Jefferson

Read More

The Jefferson

Residential
Lume

Read More

Lume

Residential
Cairns Aquarium

Read More

Cairns Aquarium

Public
The Flour Mill, Summer Hill

Read More

The Flour Mill, Summer Hill

Residential
Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Read More

Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Health and medical
Presbyterian Aged Care

Read More

Presbyterian Aged Care

Aged Care
Regis Aged Care Facility, Chelmer

Read More

Regis Aged Care Facility, Chelmer

Aged care
Illawarra Leagues Club

Read More

Illawarra Leagues Club

Hospitality
Quest Hotel and Apartments

Read More

Quest Hotel and Apartments

The Glen Hotel

Read More

The Glen Hotel

Hotel
Mantra Richmont

Read More

Mantra Richmont

Oak Tree Group

Read More

Oak Tree Group

Shimano

Read More

Shimano

SQ1 Southquay ACT

Read More

SQ1 Southquay ACT

Breeze Apartments Cronulla

Read More

Breeze Apartments Cronulla

Oakmont Apartments Kellyville

Read More

Oakmont Apartments Kellyville

Residential
Evergrand Rouse Hill

Read More

Evergrand Rouse Hill

Residential
Ink Apartments WestEnd

Read More

Ink Apartments WestEnd

Residential
Bohemia Apartments Westend

Read More

Bohemia Apartments Westend

Residential
The Jameson

Read More

The Jameson

The Gables Box Hill

Read More

The Gables Box Hill

Subdivision
Toowoomba Grammar School Gymnasium

Read More

Toowoomba Grammar School Gymnasium

Education, Sports & Recreation
Red Bull Headquarters

Read More

Red Bull Headquarters

Office
Grant Thornton

Read More

Grant Thornton

Office fitout
Collegians Rugby League Football Club

Read More

Collegians Rugby League Football Club

Griffith Ex-Serviceman’s Club

Read More

Griffith Ex-Serviceman’s Club

Hospitality
University of Wollongong Interim Facility

Read More

University of Wollongong Interim Facility

Town Square Redbank Plains

Read More

Town Square Redbank Plains

Coles Fletcher

Read More

Coles Fletcher

Casey Market Town

Read More

Casey Market Town

Shopping Centre / Retail
Queens wharf public domain

Read More

Queens wharf public domain

5D COST PLANNING
Quintessential Equity ACT

Read More

Quintessential Equity ACT

Art Series Hotel at Howard Smith Wharves

Read More

Art Series Hotel at Howard Smith Wharves

5D COST PLANNING