Quantity Surveying

2016 / 2017 Napier & Blakeley Construction Cost Datacards

Napier & Blakeley have provided cost advice to all sectors of the construction and development industries for over 30 years and are pleased to provide our updated Construction Costs Datacards:

Sydney

Melbourne

South East Queensland

Adelaide

Perth

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Senior Living, Retirement and Aged Care Developments

Napier & Blakeley’s Quantity Surveying Team has experience in all sectors of the property market.  

Senior Living, Retirement and Aged Care developments have been increasing in the property market and we thought you might like to hear about some of the projects we’ve been involved in nationally.

Emerald Hill

Rose Grange

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Senior Living, Retirement and Aged Care developments increase for Napier & Blakeley

Napier & Blakeley’s Queensland Quantity Surveying Team has been growing and our experience is expanding into all sectors of various industries, as has the projects and scope of services we are providing to our clients.

Senior Living, Retirement and Aged Care developments are increasing in favour, so we thought you might like to hear some of our recent projects in QLD we’ve been involved in recently. Continue reading

2015 / 2016 Napier & Blakeley Construction Cost Datacards

Napier & Blakeley have provided cost advice to all sectors of the construction and development industries for 30 years and are pleased to provide our updated Construction Costs Datacards:

Sydney

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South East Queensland

Adelaide

Perth

Please contact us for a hard copy or for any other Napier & Blakeley service.

Napier & Blakeley’s TALL “STOREYS” (continues)

Napier & Blakeley’s Queensland Quantity Surveying Team has been growing year on year, as has the size of the projects and scope of services we are providing to our clients.

Residential Apartment developments are back in favour, so we thought you might like to hear some of our “tall stories” regarding some landmark projects in QLD we’ve been involved in recently.  These projects have many “storeys” of their own.

We’re sure you’ll agree that the designs are striking, but all the pretty pictures in the world won’t deliver a successful project unless the costs are controlled – that’s our job and through our proactive cost planning and cost management procedures, budgets will be met.

We’ll let the pictures below tell the story of the projects we’ve been advising on in this sector of the market.

Our Quantity Surveying team is able to provide the following services for your projects:

•   Cost Planning, Cost Control & Value Management
•   Client Representation
•   Tax Depreciation
•   Bills of Quantities
•   Reporting to the project financier (we are accepted by all major lending institutions)
•   Contract Administration
•   Insurance Replacement Cost Assessments
•   Capital expenditure forecasting for property owners including Owner’s Corporation

Do not hesitate to call us to discuss your project.  We will cost manage your project successfully so you will have pictures to tell the story to the world. Continue reading

2014 / 2015 Napier & Blakeley Construction Cost Datacards

Napier & Blakeley have provided cost advice to all sectors of the construction industry for 29 years and are pleased to provide our updated Construction Costs Datacards:

Sydney

Melbourne

South East Queensland

Adelaide

Perth

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Napier & Blakeley Construction Datacards

Napier & Blakeley have provided cost advice to all sectors of the construction industry for 28 years and are pleased to provide our updated Construction Costs Datacards:


Sydney Construction Cost Datacard July 2013

Melbourne Construction Cost Datacard July 2013

South East Queensland Construction Cost Datacard July 2013

Adelaide Construction Cost Datacard July 2013

Please contact us for a hard copy or for any other Napier & Blakeley service at any of our offices below: Continue reading

Construction costs are a bridge too far

Without some sanity in wages, we will not be able to build for the future.

For me, the penny dropped in the 2010 state election campaign. John Brumby pledged to replace the level crossing at St Albans with an underpass. Treasury put the cost at $165 million – for one underpass.

Melbourne has 175 level crossings. Most are on main roads. Andrew McLeod, former CEO of the Committee for Melbourne, warned that unless they go underground, the inevitable expansion of peak-hour train services in future will shut down those roads in peak hours. And 175 times $165 million is almost $30 billion.

Melbourne’s population has doubled in the past 50 years, and is on track to double again in the next 50. To house it, we will need to build more than a million new dwellings. If they are to be, as the Grattan Institute puts it, ”the housing we’d choose”, most will be apartments, units and semi-detached homes in existing suburbs. We will build up. Continue reading

Queensland Emergency Operations Centre

Napier & Blakeley are just completing their role as Quantity Surveyors on the new QEOC building at Kedron Park in Brisbane.

This world-class communications centre, the largest emergency operations centre in the southern hemisphere, enables best practice strategic response and planning for daily emergencies and incidents and coordinated disaster management for the Queensland Government.

The building was centre of attention in the recent South East Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi as it became the broadcast facility for regular bulletins by State Premier Anna Bligh and Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The 14,500 m2 building uses green technology throughout and the project is designed to achieve a 5-star Green Star rating. Sustainable features include full water recycling, rainwater harvesting, low-energy lighting and on-site power generation. Information and communication technology forms a major part of the project and is one of the key elements in it achieving “world class facility” status. Continue reading

Where next for the Development Markets ?

Over the past few years, the Australian development market has been severely hit by the credit crisis by the reduction in primary lenders and also the remaining banks appetite (or sometimes lack of it) to fund anything that they deem to be “risky”.

“Risky” has taken on a whole new meaning in the last few years and as we’ve talked about before you could have the best site in town, with an award winning design and 100% pre sales – but this in some instances still proved too risky for the banks in an uncertain market going forward.

To be fair to the banks, we are seeing increased lending activity in some sectors of the market, generally not large builds but certainly in the up to $20m market and more recently to a limited extent in the $20m to $100m sector with some isolated builds over $100m, so some of the banks, at least seem to have a developing appetite for deals.

A significant issue raised by a number of banks, is the quantum and quality of equity being put forward by developers with lenders wanting to see “real dollars” as a means of mitigating their risk further. Continue reading