High End Residential New Build – Oxfordshire

High End Residential New Build - OxfordshireMain Contractor: Savvy Construction
Architect: David Parker Associates
Client: Private
Contract Value: not disclosed

Stonehouse Consultants have been retained as Quantity Surveyors for the private client working with DP Architects and main contractor Savvy Construction.

The project comprises the construction of a stunning new-build bespoke private residence of approximately 5000 sq ft in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. This substantial home comprises an attractive 5 bedroom detached property with linked stable block of brick and knapped flint walls, beam and block floor construction, ground-source heating, solid oak joinery, Sonos entertainment systems, solar PV and a heat recovery system.

This traditional home has a rural backdrop, but its design is sympathetic to its surroundings whilst offering the client a highly equipped luxury home. Completion is scheduled for October 2016.

High End Residential New Build - Oxfordshire


Luxury Residential Development – Oxfordshire

Luxury Residential Development - OxfordshireMain Contractor: Savvy Construction
Architect: David Parker Associates
Client: The Property Development Company
Contract Value: £2,000,000

Stonehouse Consultants were commissioned to produce a Bill of Quantities together with a detailed cost plan for the developer and have been retained to provide Contract Administration and Quantity Surveying services.

This £2m scheme will see the development of six luxury houses with associated parking barns, extensive external works and landscaping.

The scale of this project has required a close partnership with all of the stakeholders in order to deliver a high-quality development within the planned budget and timescales.

Work is currently underway with completion on schedule for Summer 2016.

This scheme will be marketed for sale from July 2016, please contact if you are interested in viewing this luxury development.

Luxury Residential Development - Oxfordshire

Country House – Buckinghamshire

Country House Farm – BuckinghamshireMain Contractor: KD Construction

Architect: Jane Duncan Architects – www.janeduncaninteriors.co.uk

Client: Private

Contract Value: £930,000.00


Stonehouse were commissioned to produce the detailed cost plan and were retained by the client to undertake the contract administration, project management & quantity surveying services for the refurbishment of 4,600ft2 detached period family home.

The scope of works for this property renovation was substantially altered from its original design to include heating & plumbing system, re-wiring, installation of data cabling, replacement double glazed windows, oak & stone floor finishes, oak joinery, oak staircase, high specification sanitary ware & fittings, bespoke ‘designer’ kitchen, single storey extension, internal re-configuration of existing rooms and external works.

The original contract value increased from £400,000 to £930,000 due to client instructed variations. However, due to our project management expertise the client was able to take residence just 5 weeks later than projected program completion.

This challenging & exciting project was completed in June 2014.

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High End Residential New Build – Buckinghamshire

large residential home - buckinghmshireMain Contractor: Galliven Homes Ltd

Architect: Danks Badnell

Client: Private

Contract Value: Not disclosed


Having successfully tendered for the project Stonehouse Consultants were subsequently retained by the main contractor to provide both the project management and quantity surveying roles for the construction of a 5,000ft2, 5 bedroom detached family home of traditional construction and design.

The project includes the demolition of the existing house and outbuildings, whilst the new design and construction incorporates all the features of a modern family home including bespoke lighting, AV system, underfloor heating, oak & natural stone flooring, designer kitchen and Ager cooker, wood burning stoves, designer sanitary ware and fittings, roof tiles salvaged from the demolition and external works.

This Project was completed in December 2013.

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Fox End Cottage – Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

Fox End CottageMain Contractor: Beard Construction Ltd

Architect: Ridge Partnership

Client: Private / Insurance Company

Contract Value: £500,000

Providing both project management & quantity surveying services for the main contractor Stonehouse Consultants were involved from the commencement of this project to sensitively restore a fire damaged thatched roofed Cotswold stone cottage.

Following a fire the cottage was reduced to the skeleton of its external & internal walls, the damage suffered required that the property be completely re-built to replicate its original 17th century character and to the exacting standards of listed building control and English Heritage.  This included the repair and construction of solid Cotswold stone internal & external walls, replacement metal casement windows, new roof timbers, new thatched roof coverings, injection dpc, re-claimed timber & stone floor finishes and horsehair & lime plaster to the internal walls employing the services of artisan craftsmen.

The property was re-wired and re-plumbed with new reproduction sanitaryware & fittings, farmhouse kitchen and the re-instatement of damaged external works including dry stone walling and flag stone paviours.

Large Residential Home, Marlow

holmewood_houseMain Contractor: John O’Neil & Partners Ltd

Architect: Hamilton Architects

Client: Private Client

Contract Value: £9,500,000.00

Stonehouse Consultants were commissioned by the Main Contractor to provide the quantity surveying services on the construction of this private semi-subterranean home. The unique design concept was for the house to be of a sunken reinforced insitu concrete structure with a green roof, indoor swimming pool within the main foyer of the house, moving floors covering the pool providing a seamless floor finish when not in use and 50 x 4m purpose designed glass walls with automated glass doors.

As with a construction of this budget and prestigious design the internal finishes were of the highest quality with imported French limestone wall & floor finishes, vaulted ceilings, French oak joinery bespoke kitchen & utility units.

The construction of the project involved the excavation of over 1000 tons of chalk in order to partially submerge the house into the surrounding countryside, the ballast being sympathetically spread over the estate in order to minimise any change in terrain.

This unique and exacting project was completed on time and to budget.

Great Oaks Country House – Berkshire

Great Oaks - DP ArchitectsMain Contractor: Beard Construction Ltd

Architect: David Parker Architects

Client: Private

Contract Value: £6,000,000.00

Developer: Christine Homes

Working for the Main Contractor, Stonehouse Consultants successfully secured this 2 stage negotiated tender with the client’s professional team and provided both project management and quantity surveying services from contract commencement to completion.

The ‘mock’ two storey Queen Anne style house, basement garage, orangery, conservatory, staff quarters, estate office, indoor swimming pool, triple garage & workshop were constructed on the site of a former equestrian centre.  As part of the planning consent the project incorporated numerous eco / environmental considerations such as ground source heating, water source heating involving the construction of a small lake, solar & photo voltaic panels, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and flow restrictors on sanitaryware.

In conjunction with the Client’s interior designer ‘high end’ bespoke finishes were procured and installed including an oak panelled library, oak staircase, fitted kitchen, fitted oak bedroom wardrobes, Villeroy & Bosch sanitary ware a mixture of oak, York Stone & Spanish ceramic flooring, detailed ornate plaster cornices / ceiling roses, designer kitchen units & ornate reproduction chandelier lighting.

External works involved the creation of hard & soft landscaping, construction of an estate access road with substantial quantities of earthwork re-modelling and mature tree planting undertaken across the site to screen the completed house from public view, the overall project being completed within 16 months in line with the contract programme.

St Omar Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire

JRSLA AldershotSub-Contractor: Roberts Brothers Construction Ltd

Main Contractor: Aspire Defence Capital Works

Client: Ministry of Defence

Contract Value: £1,580,000

Stonehouse Consultants were commissioned by Roberts Brothers to tender for the supply of labour, plant and materials in respect of the masonry sub-contract package. The sub-contract scope of works consisted of the construction of 6nr three storey modular construction accommodation blocks, a two storey mess hall and a four storey administration block.

From tender drawings and specifications supplied, we prepared the following documentation for tender submission.

  • Priced Bill of Quantities
  • Sub-Contract Programme of Works
  • Method Statement
  • Risk Assessments
  • Cash Flow Forecast

Following tender submission Stonehoue Consultants were invited by the Main Contractor on behalf of our client to attend a series of tender negotiation meetings resulting in the eventual sub-contract package award to our client.


We have been using Stonehouse Consultants Ltd for over 5 years to provide quantity surveying, estimating, commerical and project management and now consider their services to be integral to our business.

Over the course of our business association Stonehouse have been instrumental in successfully securing contracts by competitiive and negotiated tender submissions, thereby expanding our client portfolio, in particular with a number of large national contractors.

Stonehouse have always employed a highly professional and innovative approach to our commercial and project management activities and have succeeded in implementing structured and highly effective internal/external management procedures.  Their competent and knowledgeable management has enabled our business to grow with confidence and commercial peac of mind.

Gareth Roberts – Director, Robert Brothers Construction

Robert Brothers Construction Ltd, tel 0118 958 2234

Langley Grammar School, Langley

school748325960Main Contractor: Beard Construction Ltd

Client: The Governors of Langley Grammar School

Contract Value: £2,700,000

Contract Duration: 42 weeks

Our client was awarded the main contract by the school’s governors to construct a new sports hall with associated changing facilities and drama studio, a new eight classroom two storey teaching block and a single storey extension to an existing science laboratory.

Stonehouse Consultants were commissioned by our client to undertake the on site quantity surveying duties which included;

  • Preparation of sub-contract procurement programme in line with main construction programme
  • Sub-contract enquiries, tender analysis and procurement
  • Sub-contract account management up to and including settlement of final account
  • Cost engineering in line with clients budget requirements
  • Costing of variations for incorporation into final account
  • Re-measurement of all works for incorporation into final account
  • Main contract final account forecasting
  • Cash flow forecasts for main contract
  • Main contract interim valuations up to and including final account agreement
  • Monthly cost / value reconciliation
  • Preparation and agreement with client’s professional team of fully substantiated extension of time claim and associated costs.

The project was successfully completed in line with the extended construction programme and forecast final account reports forwarded on a regular basis to the client. Through close financial management of both cost and value the project was a commercial success yielding a return to our client in excess of tender expectations and in accordance with cost / value reconciliation reports.


Stonehouse Consultants Services were employed on a £3m project at Langley Grammar School.  Stonehouse provided Quantity Surveying and Commericial Management services on this project from our commencement until completion and the final account.  This included sub-contract procurement, valuations and payment; main contract valuations and negotiations over variations and additional work; and internal cost/value managment processes.

The project  tender expectation was a 5% return but Stonehouse through detailed and precise commercial management returned 20%.

Subsequently Stonehouse carried out the second stage tender negotiations on a £6m private residence in Berkshire, up to and including agreement of the contract sum and terms;  post contract services have been provided as above, the project is due to end April 2010.

Stonehouse have always worked and represented Beard in a very professional manner to a high standard and I will have no hesitation in engaging Stonehouse in the future or recommending them to others.

John Youle MCIOB – Commercial Director

EW Beard Ltd; Direct Dial (01865) 860002; email; john.youle@beardoxford.co.uk

Taylor Wimpey Plc – London

Taylor WimpeyDeveloper: Taylor Wimpey plc

Client: Taylor Wimpey plc

Location: London

Savings: £400,000

The scope of the development was for the construction of a total of 168 apartments housed within three separate apartment blocks each consisting of an integral ground floor car park with a further 3 stories of accommodation constructed above.

Stonehouse Consultants were commissioned by our client to undertake a cost comparison for constructing the frame, floor slab and internal party walls of the buildings above 1st floor podium slab in either;

1.    RC concrete frame & slab, metsec walls forming the inner skin of the external cavity wall and jumbo stud internal party walls


2.    Pcc floor slabs, blockwork walls forming the inner skin of the external cavity and internal party walls

Once outline specifications were agreed, following substantial dialogue with both the project architect and engineer, quantities and costs were established and incorporated into a detailed cost analysis for the 2 options being considered. The report recommended to the Regional Board of Directors that option 2 be adopted providing a potential development cost saving of over £400,000.