Cost Control

Ensuring expenditure meets the budget

We differ from our competition by the application of expert technical construction knowledge, combined with our long experience of contract administration and project management.

From design and contractor appointment to management of costs throughout the full construction phase, we ensure expenditure meets the budget.


Cambridge University Library

“It was great to have you on board Carl. A godsend at a critical moment. I hope our paths cross again. I’ll certainly bear you in mind when I’m in charge of similar projects in future. All best wishes, Chris.”

CJ Young - Librarian


7 Market Place, Hingham

"Carl Fox of Fox Associates, was our project manager for the external renovation, including re-roofing of our challenging old house. He managed the selection of the main contractors and throughout supervised the complicated work with scrupulous attention to detail and watchfulness. A good working relationship with contractors and clients was maintained with tact and humour. We were constantly thankful to be under his calm and considerate stewardship."

Dr. & Mrs. A.R.F. Norman - Property Owners


Norwich City Council

“I have found the service offered by Fox Associates to be exemplary in all respects. Knowledge and application of legislative requirements is impressive, negotiating skills are well developed and ability to work to a programme or deadline is second nature.”

D Bishop - Programme Leader


University of Cambridge

“The service supplied by Fox Associates was exemplary in all areas of the project work. The professionalism shown throughout guaranteed a fully delivered project.”

M Badcock - Mechanical Engineer, Estate Management


Nuvia Ltd

“At the end of this project I would express my appreciation of the professional way that Carl Fox managed the project in often difficult circumstances. It is a credit to him and the team that this radiological liability has been successfully removed without significant safety concerns.”

K Stevens - Principal Radiological Decommissioning Consultant


University of Cambridge

“Carl’s strength was his ability to manage a complex team of specialist contractors in order to bring the project in on time and to budget without compromising the client’s exacting brief. His dedication and commitment to achieving a successful project outcome was impressive. His ability to communicate at all levels and ensure a thorough understanding of the complex issues was equally impressive as was his professionalism.”

Dr. M Glendenning - Department of Chemistry, Chemical Laboratory Safety Officer

Control through effective procurement and contract administration

Our considerable experience enables us to establish the most suitable procurement route and contract documentation necessary to identify and control all expenditure, before the construction phase commences.

During the construction phase our knowledge of contracting practices and contract administration enables us to be best placed to monitor expenditure and variations where it occurs, on site.

Client confidence

Our clients, whether a large corporation or an individual property owner, can have complete confidence that we provide expert, impartial advice at every stage of the appointment.

Managing the construction phase

Our technical knowledge and long experience of contracting, materials, programming, delays, sub-contractors and the multitude of influences that can impact on a project and budget expenditure, enables us to be the expert voice when monitoring variations and during the negotiations for agreement of the final account.

Our meticulous contract administration and collection of documentary evidence ensures that the contractual arrangements are strictly adhered to.

Both the Client and the contractor can have confidence in the financial outcomes of the project.

Control of capital expenditure

We work on the basis that costs are agreed at each valuation, there is regular financial reporting and the final account is often agreed before practical completion.

This process ensures the Client is in full control of budget expenditure.

Our clients, whether the large corporation or an individual member of the public can have confidence that we provide expert, impartial advice, robust control and guidance to protect capital expenditure.

How we differ from our competitors

As a chartered building surveying and project management practice, we are clearly differentiated from the rest of the market by our enhanced technical knowledge and professional standards.

We are regulated by the RICS, the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and professional standards in construction, property, land and infrastructure.