Making a difference every step of the way

Full-service Quantity Surveying with client needs at the core:



“We challenge our Quantity Surveyors to constantly ask themselves how they can make a positive difference at every stage of a project”

- Simon Grimes

Managing Director


Masterplanning & Feasibility Studies

Ensuring planning decisions to connect buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments have solid cost foundations.

Service Detail

Option analyses
Area-based Cost Plans based on Master Plan / Feasibility documents

Cost Planning

The cost plan is more than a spreadsheet of cost estimates, it is a active tool to manage project costs through all project stages.

Service Detail

Cost Estimating
Elemental Cost Plans based on Preliminary/Sketch Design/Concept Design/Feasibility documents.
Detailed Cost Plan based on Town Planning / Sketch Design/Schematic Design documents
Detailed Cost Plan based on Design Development documents
Detailed Cost Plan based on Tender/Contract documents

Value Management

Application of rigorous process, experience and creative minds to enable solutions to achieve your vision – on time and within budget.

Service Detail

Continuous review of the budget and scope of works to ensure that the budget is maintained,
Required cost studies, cost modelling and cash flows

Tender Process Support

Your confidence in the tender process is enhanced by our detailed knowledge of the numbers and experience in the local market

Service Detail

Tender Schedule of Quantities
Bills of Quantities
Tender evaluation, report, and recommendation
General contractual advice

Construction Cost Management / Contract Administration

Our crucial role ensures the construction process is managed within the terms of the contract and variations are scrutinised and negotiated in a fair and equitable manner.

Service Detail

Estimate, measure, price and negotiate variations
Investigate, negotiate, and make recommendations on increased cost claims
Advise on the costs of prolongation claims
Adjust provisional sums
Prepare monthly construction progress reports
Monthly financial position – future costs assessment, budget statements, cash flows, expenditure forecasts
Corrective action advice
Assess and value work progress, prepare progress payment recommendations and agree these with the contractor
Prepare final account statements
Defect Liability Reporting

Getting started

3 questions to ask at the start of the Quantity surveying process

We love design and are interested in finding more about your project. If you are not sure how to get started, you may find the following questions of help:

What decision needs to be made?

What has brought you to this point?
Is it a problem to be solved or an opportunity to take?
Do you need a top-level idea of cost to reassure a client?
Do you need to explore value management opportunities?
Are you trying to assess the costs of construction?

Who is making the decision and what do they need?

Are you needing an independent assessment?
What level of detail do you need?

What stage of the project are you at?

What level of detail has your design progress to?
What has already been spent?

The answers to these questions will help you clarify your needs. The next step is to get in touch with us.

We can help you decide which of our services would provide you the best solution. We  also have a simple document checklist to kick off the process.

“Finding solutions which increase financial viability, is where we can make a difference to the accessibility of environmentally sustainable design. That is inspiring.”
- Steve Grimes

Founding Director

Cost Planning for Environmental Design

PlanGreen– Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD)

PlanGreen is a cost planning service that PlanCost Australia provides, focused on Environmentally Sustainable Design.
We provide trusted advise on the financial viability of current, leading-edge ESD design principles.

The services we offer include:
• Financial evaluations of ESD options & Life cycle costings
• Advice on energy efficient & environmentally sustainable design
• Advice on building fabric design, Use of recycled materials
• Value Management Reviews of ESD options

PlanCost Australia has been commissioned to provide consultancy services to a wide range of ESD projects which have successfully achieved ESD targets such as:
• Green Star Certification (Communities, Design & As Built, Interiors, Performance)
• Passivhaus Certification
• The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS)
• Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)
• National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)
• Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) – Victorian Planning Provisions (Clause 56.07-4) compliance


PlanCost’s methodology is based on:

  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors Cost Control Manual
  • Victorian Building Authority Capital Development Guidelines

We ensure the quality of our Quantity Surveying practices via:

  • Reliably researched information
  • Accurate estimation methods capable of independent testing and verification
  • Assumptions and qualifications are supported by a level of detail to ensure they are clearly understood

Our strategy to achieve your project vision:

  • A collaborative team-based approach, focused on achieving team objectives, enabled by:
    • Clear, timely and proactive communications
    • Clear instruction on required inputs to QS processes
    • Effective, adaptable stakeholder engagement
  • Intense, early focus on known and potential costs to ensure an on-budget project start
  • Proactively seeking cost savings and innovative design solutions
  • A comprehensive, current project database, to accurately benchmark costs to identify cost-effective solutions and provide budget confidence
  • Meaningful, flexible, timely reports and documentation, designed to facilitate client decision making
  • Rigorous construction cost control to ensure efficient progress and quality of works including:
    • Effective determination of claims for variations, extensions of time and delay
    • Actively coordinating and reviewing mechanical and electrical services costs
    • Auditing every contract cost to secure fair and reasonable prices

It is enabled by

  • Rigorous processes and proprietary tools
  • Qualified and experienced quantity surveyors
  • Continuous internal consultation ensures shared key learnings and skills
  • Close supervision and involvement of our directors and senior managers on all projects



Quality systems

PlanCost has a strong commitment to evidence-based decision making and continuous improvement. We have an in-house Quality Assurance system based on accountability, collaboration, and a customer centred approach.

Our quality processes continuously cycle through planning, focused action, and review. This is reflected at a job level through:

  • Scoping
  • Consultation with stakeholders, consultants and internally within our organisation
  • Benchmarking to industry and client guidelines
  • Peer Review for thoroughness, accuracy and risk
  • Post Evaluation – internal and external

All PlanCost’s Quantity Surveying services conform to the requirements of Australian Standard/New Zealand Standard ISO9001.


PlanCost Australia Pty Ltd is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all persons who may be affected by its operations and activities undertaken at the workplaces under its direct control.

We commit to establish measurable objectives and targets to ensure continual improvement and the prevention of work-related injuries and illness.

We are committed to complying with Federal, State or Territories legislation, regulations, codes of practice and other guidelines and meeting the requirements of AS/NZS4801 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

Industry memberships

PlanCost VBA Registration – CQS – 54305
PlanCost Staff are active members of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors