Cost planning is used to monitor and control the estimated construction costs of a project to ensure you get accurate information on expenditure and progress at every stage.
Washington Brown’s cost planning service covers everything from early forecasts to pre-construction reporting and analysis on cash flow, budgets and timelines.
Our proactive approach sets us apart. Our experienced quantity surveyors are actively engaged on an ongoing basis, quickly detecting any issues so that they can be addressed in the most cost effective way.
Through a continued development of our knowledge, systems and cost database we offer precise and efficient cost planning services based on up-to-date data and current industry practice.
Washington Brown Pty. Ltd., is a separate company from the depreciation business, that offers an integrated consultancy service that is unique in the property development industry. Our full cost management extends throughout the project’s planning, development, construction and marketing, and augmented with expert property tax depreciation advice. Our service includes:
building construction costs
construction contract review and assessment
project and financial auditing
risk identification and management
tender review and selection
Council Development Applications
We are also specialists in providing accurate and up-to-date building cost estimates (Section 94) for Council Development Applications – completed within 48 hours and signed off by a registered Quantity Surveyor. These estimates are frequently required by local government councils in NSW as part of the development application for new construction.
We work in close conjunction with architects, property developers, designers and property developers to ensure the construction and developments cost are accurate and in accordance with the individual council guide lines.
Washington Brown is involved in more than 150 new construction projects each year ranging from $1,000,000 to $150,000,000 located across Australia.
We are on the panels of many of Australia’s leading financial institutions and our strong client base includes:
Construction Cost Calculator
Estimate how much it will cost to build with our accurate construction cost calculator! By using this calculator you agree that you have read our disclaimer.
The Building Calculator aims to provide you with an estimate of the likely construction costs associated with your proposed development.
How does it work?
Our building cost data is collected continually from projects with which we have been involved from a construction cost management role. This data is then complied into the various sectors arising from location, type of development and quality of finish. The resulting indicative costs are then calculated from the selected development input from you the user.
Why is this information useful?
Most developers don't think about the actual construction cost for a proposed development until after they have purchased the site. Then the process of reworking the design to fit into the feasibility causes delays whilst holding costs as continuing.
Using the building cost calculator can give you indicative construction costs at the early stages of a feasibility to establish if putting an option on a site is worthwhile. It also allows you to rework the figures based upon multiple configurations until the optimum return can be established.
What is so special about this building calculator?
The Washington Brown building calculator uses data collected from the projects with which we have had involvement form a cost planning and management role. The data is based on the total project cost - variations and all - which allows you to obtain a more accurate idea of the probable costs of building.
What other costs are excluded from the building calculator?
Our Calculator is completely free to use. If you would like further information or a more detailed cost review of your project please contact us.
Should I rely on this calculator for my project?
This is an indicative calculator based upon minimal questions. You should always engage a quantity surveyor to provide a more detailed breakdown before relying on this data for any project whatsoever. Please contact us to discuss your project.
The numbers don't seem to be correct, what do I do?
Whilst we have tried our best to get this data as accurate as possible, there may be occasional discrepancies when cross-referencing so much information.
Properties have been defined according to the following broad definitions:
Freestanding residential property
Attached residential property with common walls that forms 3 or more residences. Usually share common services connections and common external grounds
Freestanding residential property on a lot with other detached houses. Usually share common services connections and common external grounds
Unit Low Rise:
A residential complex up to 3 levels sharing common access. Generally walk up access - lift access in higher quality developments
Unit Mid Rise:
A residential complex up to 7 levels sharing common access. Access to all levels with at least one lift. Basement car-parking common to most developments
Unit High Rise:
A residential complex over 7 levels sharing common access. Access to all levels with at least 2 lifts with fire services throughout. Basement car-parking common to most developments
Open plan office complex. Most developments Washington Brown have provided costs for include for basic floor finishes and services. Additional costs will be incurred for fit out and furnishings
Warehouse - factory style complex over one level. Often small mezzanine level included within the external perimeter wall. Basic allowances for services, lighting and fire protection are generally allowed. Additional costs for higher level of services in regard to electrical requirements and fit out will incur additional costs
How have you defined standard of finish?
Properties have been defined according to the following broad definitions:
Basic design with generally entry standard fittings and finishes. Mostly used for investor stock or in areas where high quality finishes are not appropriate
Good design including good quality fittings and finishes. Usually a larger size in regard to houses and units
Architecturally designed one off building with specific client requirements accommodated. High level of fittings and finishes with a higher level of inclusions
What does it mean if I try and type in a quantity and nothing happens?
This means that the data you are typing in does not correspond with the size of projects we have recently been involved with. Contact us to discuss the specific requirements of your project.
There doesn't seem to be every option available in every location and size?
As this calculator is based upon projects with which we have recently been involved we do not have an instant answer to every project. We have been involved in many different projects and locations over the 30 years Washington Brown has been established. As such if you have a project that appears to fall outside of the areas as indicated please contact us.
Washington Brown Pty Ltd is a separately run company from Washington Brown Depreciation Pty Ltd.
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