Cen QS Consulting

Providing Bills of Quantities and Cost Plans for the Construction Industry


About Us

Cen QS Consulting is a Chartered Building Consultancy that specialises in the preparation of Bills of Quantities for National and Regional Building Contractors.

We also specialise in the providing Cost Plans to Main Contractors, Developers & PQS Practices.

Our dedicated team of skilled and experienced measurement QS’s originate from both a PQS and Main Contractor background. Between them, our team of 8 Senior QS’s have many years of experience in the preparation of Bills of Quantities and Cost Plans.

We focus on delivering our services to the high quality, tight timescales and cost that our Clients demand. We work on a repeat business basis and look to develop close and long- lasting relationships with our Clients.

We work on an up-front fixed fee basis and carry a £2m level of PI insurance.

If you have a requirement for BOQ preparation or Cost Planning, we’d be pleased to discuss them with you.

Our sister company Censeo Consulting Ltd can also offer to provide you with an Estimating Service should you need one stop shop for BOQ Prep and Estimating www.censeoconsulting.co.uk



Sectors we have worked in

Since 2005, our QS team have measured and billed hundreds of projects worth billions of pounds across most construction sectors.

Below is just a small example of the type of work that we have carried out.
In addition to the sample projects shown, we’ve worked on hospital schemes, airports, railway stations, motorway service stations, car showrooms and multi-storey car parks.

If you can build it, we’ve probably measured it!

The list of Clients that we’ve worked for includes main contractors such as Volker Fitzpatrick, Engie, Mace, Bovis, Maclaren, Kier, Wilmott Dixon, BAM, Morgan Sindall, RED Construction, Stepnell, Balfour Beatty, Lindum Group, Alcema, Vinci, GF Tomlinson, Clegg, Glencar, John Sisk, Lifebuild, Magrock, GMI and Galliford Try


Residential, Care Village & Student Accommodation

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Commercial & City Centre

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Logistics and Industrial

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Sports & Stadia

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Services we provide


BOQ Production

We aim to provide bills that are user friendly for the Estimator, with a notes section at the beginning of each element, and lots of annotation in the bill items giving drawing and specification references. Each project is allocated a dedicated lead QS to be the Client point of contact and to lead and manage the BOQ preparation process.

We will agree the format of a Bill Issue Sheet with the Estimator at the start of each project. This enables the Estimator to set up his bill hierarchy at the beginning of the process. We agree bill section release dates with the Estimator to help him to plan his enquiry programme.

When bill sections are issued the Bill Issue Sheet is updated with issue dates so that the Estimator can easily track which sections he should have received, which are outstanding, and which have been subject to an addendum.

We have used our experience to develop specific sector checklists that we use as part of our measurement process. The checklists work as an aide memoir and help us to identify and capture any possible scope and design gaps each & every time that we measure a project. Once all the BOQ elements are completed we load them into the Conquest Estimating tool and export a full version of the BOQ.

Once the BOQ measure is complete, we carry out a full technical & sense checking process utilising our template check sheets and process and will advise the Estimator of any changes that may be required.

We can provide colour marked up drawings to show clearly what has been measured for certain elements if required. Bill sections can be issued in CITE, Conquest and / or Excel files to load into any Estimating software

Electronic Cut & Fill Ground Model

We can provide an electronic Cut & Fill quantification exercise that is much more accurate than a long hand type measure. The measure is also provided with a colour coded Isopachyte drawing that clearly indentifies the areas and depths of the cut and fill across the site.

Once the first iteration is complete, we can provide further iterations to help balance the initial muck offsite volume to keep as much of it on the site as possible. We can also factor in foundation and drainage arisings and alternative make up designs.

If the site levels are raised to keep muck on site, we will provide a revised Finished Levels Drawing which takes account of any required tie in levels around the site, and vehicle tracking gradients.

Cost Planning

Cen QS Consulting can provide either Cost Plan templates for the contractor to price themselves, or a fully priced Cost Plan through our sister company Censeo Consulting Limited.

Our experienced QS’s and Estimators have the skills and knowledge required to produce realistic Feasibility Budgets and Cost Plans from the concept stage of a project through to the commencement of construction on site.

Our experience of Design & Build projects gives the team the ability to identify the gaps and risk inherent in the level of design information that is typically available in the early stages of a project. These are identified in both the measure and pricing of the budget or cost plan.

The single stage D&B tenders that our team are continually working on generate both design detail and a set of current market tested rates that are used in the production of Feasibility Budgets and Cost Plans. This data also enables us to benchmark the total project cost against other recent similar tendered projects.

We can develop and update the costs as the level of design information develops, allowing more detailed and increasingly accurate costs to be generated as the design progresses through the RIBA stages.

We have provided Cost Plans across all the sectors that we work in.

Estimating Services

We can offer an Estimating service through our sister company Censeo Consulting Limited. The Estimators sit in the same office as the BOQ QS team which means that the team are able easily able to discuss and resolve any issues identified in the design documents

Our team of senior estimators have many years of experience working in a main contractor environment. They work as an integral member of your tender team.

This offers our Clients the flexibility to increase its tendering capacity when needed or to buy in their experience and expertise for a must win project.

They will utilise their expert knowledge, experience and skillset to produce the best possible true net cost whilst highlighting the risk and opportunity inherent in the tender.

They utilise Conquest Q Series as an Estimating tool which means that they can produce Excel Quote Comparison reports and BOQ’s for your site QS team.

If you’d like more information you can visit the Censeo Website: www.censeoconsulting.co.uk


Contact Us

Get in touch with us

Cen QS Limited

5 Davy Court
Castlemound Way Central Park
CV23 0UZ

Tel: 01788 568063
Email: info@cenqsconsulting.co.uk