Cost Management

Cost Management is the core of what we do. Cost Management is about defining and managing costs, and coupled with defining and managing risks, will deliver real savings and add value at all stages of the project lifecycle. At Maltbys we help deliver effective, cost efficient and wherever possible, sustainable design solutions, which realize the key objectives for our Clients to the approved budget.

From the critical initial feasibility stage of a project right through to its completion, we provide rigorous, reliable and comprehensive cost advice on all aspects of the project which enable our Clients to make informed decisions along the way. A list of our specific Cost Management services is shown below, and is divided between Pre-Contract and Post-Contract services:-


  • Project Feasibility studies and Development appraisals
  • Estimating and cost planning (from initial m2 rate estimates to full elemental and trade based estimates)
  • Risk identification, analysis and management strategies
  • Value Management and Value Engineering (optimising value for money)
  • Cashflow forecasting
  • Life cycle costing/sustainable solutions
  • Procurement strategies and advice
  • Advice on selection of tenderers
  • Contractual advice and preparation of Conditions of Tendering and Conditions of Contract
  • Preparation of Schedules of Quantities and Builders Schedules
  • Preparation of trade work packages for tender
  • Compilation of Tender Documents
  • Management of the Tender process
  • Tender analysis, negotiations and recommendation of award of Contract

Post Contract

  • Preparation of Contract Documents for signing
  • Payment claim assessment and certification
  • Cashflow forecast tracking and updating
  • Variation claim assessment and negotiation
  • Monthly project cost reporting and financial forecast cost to complete
  • Reviewing document changes
  • Extension Of Time claim assessments
  • Final Account negotiation and settlement

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Contract Administration

The role and skill of the Quantity Surveyor lends itself particularly well to act in the role of “Engineer to the Contract (ETC)” or “Principal’s Representative” under the NZS3910; 3915 & 3916 forms of contract. The Engineer has a dual role in the administration of the contract, both as an expert advisor to and representative of the Principal, together with, and independently of each party, to fairly and impartially make the decisions entrusted to him/her under the contract. At Maltbys our most senior staff have the necessary experience, technical skills, contractual knowledge, industry mana and soft skills to successfully undertake this key role and help ensure the smooth and collaborative delivery of every project.

  • Principal's Representative
  • Engineer To The Contract
  • Engineer To Contract's Representative

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Project Funder Services

Maltbys will deliver a reliable, independent and realistic evaluation of all of the component parts of a project for the project funder. Maltbys will provide a comprehensive review of the project from inception to completion, helping manage risk by independently maximising the predictability of time and final cost.

  • Preparation of development budgets
  • Development budget review
  • Design and contract documentation review
  • Contract review
  • Risk identification
  • Contingency assessment
  • Review of Consent approvals
  • Pre-condition certificate report
  • Cost to complete reports
  • Cashflow analysis
  • Programme progress assessment

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The marketability and value of property assets is strongly influenced by sustainability credentials. At Maltbys we have a clear understanding of the issues and opportunities that need to be addressed in any new or refurbishment building project in order to maximise the 'green' potential. Maltbys is a member of the NZ Green Building Council and we have several of our team who have completed NZ Greenstar training who can add value to your project.

Embodied Carbon Quantification and Assessment: A building’s embodied carbon emission reduction will be through design review and suitable material selection. Maltbys can assist advising project teams modelling proposed buildings with early reviews of indicative quantities and embodied carbon of material selections that eventually work through to detail design into a Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) at the given stage.

  • Capital cost advice
  • Whole of life and life cycle costing and appraisal
  • Cost advice on sustainable solutions/material choices
  • Embodied Carbon accounting
  • Engineering services cost and design review
  • Value management facilitation


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Rebuild Estimates for Insurance Purposes

In order to obtain a reliable estimate of the cost of your property a qualified Quantity Surveyor is the construction specialist professional to complete this for your insurance needs.

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Development Management

Maltbys can assist by managing the whole development process. Typically this can be by acting as the Client Representative, able to represent our Clients interests to help manage and drive the development process and provide advice throughout the development to ensure the appropriate balance of time, cost and quality to suit the objectives. We can assist, advise and engage a team of Consultants and selection of Contractors who are best placed to help define and meet the objectives and deliver the right result.

  • Client Representation
  • Due diligence
  • Project audit and verification service
  • Procurement Advice
  • Risk Management Services
  • Cost Management Services

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Other Services

In addition to our core services, at Maltbys we have the capability, expertise and experience to offer a wide range of other ancillary services that ensure we are able to support our Clients in every possible way.

  • Construction Financial Advisory Services
  • Risk Management Services
  • Dispute resolution and expert witness
  • Due diligence (e.g. for a property purchase)
  • Independent project peer reviews/audits
  • Building condition surveys
  • Asset management advice
  • Fire damage reports
  • Tax depreciation schedules

Trust Maltbys to deliver your next project

Auckland +64 9 303 4394  | Hamilton +64 7 211 7926  | Napier +64 21 169 2249  |   Wellington +64 4 499 1468  |   Queenstown +64 3 442 5965


Level 7
51 Shortland Street
PO Box 2176
Auckland 1140
Ph: 09 303 4394


Panama Square
14 Garden Place
Hamilton 3204
Ph: 07 211 7926


Level 1, 32 Hastings Street
Napier South
Napier 4110
Ph: 021 169 2249


Level 1, 3 Swan Lane, Te Aro
PO Box 1034
Wellington 6140
Ph: 04 499 1468


Mountain Club Level 3, 36 Grant Road
Queenstown 9371
PO Box 975
Ph: 03 442 5965

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