Who are we

We are a Quantity Surveying and Project Management firm that focus on delivering the best outcomes for clients. Our core purpose is to make a measurable difference to the value, cost and time of our clients’ projects.

Our Program, Cost, Consultancy (PCC) business line provides services to clients across several industry sectors.

Our Approach

We provide a broad range of services, expert knowledge and experience to assist our clients and colleagues involved in property and construction projects from inception to completion. Our range of experience and diverse services equip us with the in-house skill and experience to provide input from strategic guidance of master planning studies to the delivery of complex projects. Our dedicated teams and associated offices will take responsibility for the successful delivery of all projects. We have:

  • A full understanding of all types of infrastructure, buildings and associated facilities
  • An appreciation of value drivers specific to each sector including stakeholder needs
  • Experience of collaborative work with innovative designers and challenging projects
  • A comprehensive database of relevant cost information for cost planning and cost management
  • A cost benefit analysis service designed to achieve optimum total sustainability issues and their contribution to long term strategies

We have long established relationships with many clients and consultants in South Africa. These good relationships ensure cooperative working and offer clients increased value and reduced risk.

Service

We provide a range of managed services to clients contemplating investment in infrastructure, construction and property – independently representing client interests, reducing risk and maximizing value through:

Quantity Surveying

Identifying and agreeing the project goals, followed by the formal process of identifying and eliminating unnecessary cost and ensuring value for money.

Cost Forecasting

Establish a ‘traffic light’ system of cost forecasting. By liaising closely with the design teams on a regular basis we will be in a position to forecast, in terms of cost, potential design changes and options. By identifying (red for imminent, etc.) when decisions need to be made, in order to minimize/remove the effect on the programme, the client can make changes in a timely fashion.

Procurement

Undertaking options analysis, agreeing strategy, and then managing the process by which orders are placed for work, to secure the best available price in the market within the time available. In this instance this may involve a procurement workshop, to validate and recommend decisions upon procurement strategy taken to date.

Risk Management

Undertake study to appraise, in a structured way, the susceptibility of the project to cost or programme risk, and subsequent monitoring against contingency release.

Cost Management

Establishing the framework, and then administering the finance provisions of the contract/s to control the client’s cash flow and the cost effects of change, whilst securing performance from the contractor/s.

Change Management

Implement pro-active change management procedures. Effective change management is the duty of the outline project team, in order to furnish the client with all the facts, to enable business decisions to be made. A robust change order process needs to be established from scheme design onwards, where all changes are assessed for cost and programme implications, reviewed and approved by the clients’ representative, prior to incorporation within the design.

Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Considering not just capital cost, but the impact of the design decisions on the future revenue position of the client.

Project Management

Our project management team provides that vital independent and professional service to plan, lead, organize and control the management of projects and programmes, from inception to reality. Recognized as one of the world’s leading providers of management and consultancy services, we employ highly skilled project managers from a broad range of professional disciplines – offering experience across a wide range of sectors. This equips our PM team with the in-house skills and market expertise to recognize potential and define objectives from the outset, whilst also ensuring the delivery of value and appropriate management of risk throughout the project cycle. Our strength lies in an ability to provide a dedicated service on a local, national and international basis. Through our whole business approach to managing projects, we draw on the inherent commercial strength of the practice whilst also delivering a creative and people-based service.

Our services can be tailored to suit the needs of the project and client, including:

  • Project management
  • Client’s representative
  • Principal agent
  • Value and risk management
  • Programming and planning
  • Project monitoring
  • Project consultancy
  • Development management

Our project management team will invariably work with teams that are carefully pre-qualified and selected for their expertise, personnel, enthusiasm and drive to deliver the required results. Our project managers work together with our clients to manage the appointment of the necessary consultants, including advising on the various methods of the selection, the negotiation and the agreement of their services and fees. In addition, we will provide a single point of contact for the client when dealing with other third parties, contractors and suppliers. We are committed to building and managing teams with a common culture of delivering excellence and strive to engender healthy and vibrant working relationships throughout the life cycle of the project.

Building Services

Forming part of our engineering cost management team, our building services team draws upon their unique and extensive knowledge, experience and expertise to provide financial management and contract administration of mechanical and electrical engineering services including the following:

  • Building services provided
  • Electrical installation
  • HVAC installations
  • Fire protection systems
  • Fire detection and evacuation systems
  • Access control
  • CCTV
  • Lifts, escalators, travelators
  • Communication systems
  • Building management systems
  • Security systems
  • Data systems.

This team also provides a comprehensive service including cost advice and quantity surveying services encompassing the following:

  • Cost planning
  • Contract procurement
  • Tender and contract documentation
  • Cost control
  • Risk management
  • Value management
  • Life cycle and whole life costing

Our Projects

Infrastructure

The Bridge City Intermodal Transport Facility, Durban, South Africa

Leisure

Sanbona Game Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa

Commercial

ABSA Bank Kloof and Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Residential

Echo Edge Apartments, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Retail

Richard’s Bay Mall (retail/mixed-use development), South Africa

Education

Early Childhood Development Schools programme, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Healthcare

Grey’s Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Sport Facilities

Moses Mabhidha World Cup Stadium, Durban South Africa

Sugar Ray Xulu World Cup Training Venue, New Germany, South Africa

Our People

Our people will make a measurable difference to the value, cost and time of our clients’ projects. Our core values include creating an environment whereby our people take pride in acting with integrity as well as being innovative and collaborative in the things we do. These combine to form one core ideology – being passionate about recruiting the best people working with the best teams and delivering successful solutions.

Blessing Gragnortone Chiwanza
Managing Director

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Blessing gained his basic training and experience in South Africa working mostly on commercial projects. He is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor. Blessing’s project expertise includes cost planning, procurement and cost management of major civil engineering and building projects and his market sector experience includes office, retail, hotel, residential, education and healthcare schemes.

Lucas Hope Mutete
Managing Director

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Lucas gained his basic training and experience in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia working mostly on commercial projects. He has a BSc (Honors) Information Technology Degree and a MSc Project Management from the University of Cape Town. Lucas’s project expertise includes project management and programming and has worked for various clients in Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Contact Us

Cell: +27-74-5898163

Cell: +263-77344-7228

Email: info@earthscapeqs.com