Whitebeam
Chartered Building Consultancy

Whitebeam Consulting are an experienced Chartered Building Consultancy practice in Newbury, Berkshire, that offers a range of tailored services for residential construction projects.

Established by Dan Holloway, a Chartered Construction Manager, in 2009, we help architects, developers, contractors and private clients to successfully complete residential building projects – from domestic extensions through to housing developments. With a wealth of experience working on new builds, existing residences and period properties, we offer a range of flexible consultancy services.


Services

Select from the following for further information about the services we provide:

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Project Facilitation

Capitalise on our extensive knowledge and our extended network of trusted professionals, contractors and suppliers, and let us manage the entire project – from inception to completion, ensuring it runs smoothly, on time and within budget.

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Cost Planning

Let us help ensure that the building design meets the anticipated budget. We can produce a standalone early stage project costing document or a working document for use throughout the design process.

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Value Engineering

This service is offered either as an extension to the Cost Plan or as a standalone commission. Project Value Management is designed to ensure the project budget is allocated appropriately, and where necessary, to explore alternative design options to achieve best value.

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Tender Procurement

We will manage the tender process for you – issuing tender packs to the most suitable Contractors within our extensive approved supplier list and will clarify, analyse and compare returned tenders before producing our recommendations for appointment.

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Contract Administration

We are highly experienced at drafting robust contracts between Client and Contractor, and will ensure all contractual obligations are met and appropriate contract documentation is produced.

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Project Management

Our Construction Project Management service provides a professional, proactive, on-site presence to oversee all aspects of the build, and ensure the project is delivered on time and within budget.

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Quantity Surveying

We seek to minimise the costs of the project and to enhance value for money whilst achieving the required design, standards and quality management.

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Estimating

Working from drawings, specifications, design briefs or scope of works, we will create formal full tender submissions for contractors, builders and private enterprises.

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Recent Projects

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Country Estate

Wiltshire

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Modern Victorian

Berkshire

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Substantial re-build

Berkshire

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We would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your project. Please feel free to get in touch, and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Testimonials

We have engaged Whitebeam on several schemes to prepare Feasibility Costs & Cost Planning Options for a variety of residential projects in the £½m to £1m price range and have been delighted with the work produced. In particular, the presentation detail, understanding of the design concept & recognising & considering reasonable allowances for unspecified items to provide a thorough submission have proved extremely useful. We would be happy to recommend Dan & his team for any similar work.

Ben Holland - Holland Green Architects Thame, Oxfordshire

Whitebeam has acted for us on several projects and proved to be a thorough consultant on quantifying projects and giving our clients excellent advice about potential costs/budgets. A swift, professional service that we can highly recommend.”

Michael Paglioroli - MP Architects Newbury, Berkshire

Having watched programmes like Grand Designs, we were sceptical about whether we really needed a contracts manager on our build as so many people seem to be able to manage a lot of the elements themselves. However, with the benefit of hindsight it was a worthwhile investment. Without Whitebeams help we would have had a significant cost overrun on our build. Dan did a great job of managing all the complexity associated with the contractual elements of the project and ensuring that at every step of the process work was completed as specified.

Ben Wood - Newbury, Berkshire

Whitebeam have given us some great cost planning advice, both to inform design at planning stage and in the detail of tender negotiations.  Always a pleasure to work with and reliable in delivery, Whitebeam are client focused and good people to have on your team.

Peter Tompkins - Edge Architecture Newbury, Berkshire

We worked with Whitebeam on the complete renovation of our Victorian house which involved a rear extension, loft conversion and general refurbishment of the entire house.

Dan initially managed the detailed tender procurement process, through which we chose our preferred builders in line with our budget and required timeframes for the completion of the project. Having helped us choose the right builder, Dan then managed the project through to completion, ensuring that the contract was administered accurately, and amendments/variations were documented clearly and understood by all parties.

Whitebeam did an excellent job of managing the project and ensured the build stayed on track and agreed changes were priced fairly by the builders.  He also helped us come up with technical solutions to various problems to ensure we kept costs to a minimum. Having delivered the build Dan also managed the specification checking, ensuring the build quality was excellent and ensuring an affective and timely snagging process took place to resolve any minor issues.

We’d highly recommend Whitebeam and are certain their involvement helped our renovation in terms of quality, timeframe and cost. In addition, Dan was friendly and great to work with which promoted good working relations with us, our architects and the builders.

David Wilson - Newbury, Berkshire

We were very pleased with the service received from Whitebeam. During our project Dan created the initial cost estimate before we went to tender and ran the contract through to final payment sign off.  Throughout the project Whitebeam were professional and paid excellent attention to detail, without which we would have found it hard to remain within budget and finish on time. Regular meetings kept track of variations, the programme plan and checked specifications & quality of work and gave us peace of mind.

Helen Phelps - Pangbourne, Berkshire

Dan was engaged to look after the tender procurement & contract administration for my extensive home remodelling & two storey extension, over a 12-month period. He helped form a good working relationship with the Contractor whilst ensuring the build ran to programme and costs were controlled. I am very pleased with his proactive approach, all-round professionalism and the result achieved, and would not hesitate recommending Dan for similar projects.

Matt Franklin - Newbury, Berkshire

Having Whitebeam on the team was one of the best decisions we made for our project. Having someone we knew we could trust and who was looking at things from our perspective was invaluable, and the fact that everything ran so smoothly was in no small part thanks to Dan! He took care of all the contract stuff, was detailed and meticulous, and easy and friendly to work with. Behind every smooth-running building project there’s a Dan Holloway!

Nick Parker - Goring, Oxford

Whitebeam arranged detailed tenders & put the contract in place for my new 2 bedroomed cottage. They then managed the project from start to finish, making sure the finances & programme were on track, specification & quality maintained, dealt with the few variations encountered & helped through the snagging stage. I got on extremely well with both Dan & the Contractor employed and was impressed with both the service provided & the end result. I would recommend Whitebeam to anyone seeking a Project Manager.

Robin Barclay - Heath End, Hampshire

It has been a great help to have Dan working with us and the builders.  He has a meticulous eye for detail together with a very calm manner and has always answered any queries promptly and professionally.  I would have no hesitation in recommending his services.

Lesley Houghton - Goring Heath, Oxfordshire

Thanks Dan for your friendly and efficient style. You dealt well with unexpected changes and adapted the plans to meet our new requirements. Thanks for working to our early morning schedule and your prompt response to any questions we had. We appreciated the thorough yet pragmatic approach and advice that significantly reduced our stress for the project.

Robin Bennett - Hungerford, Berkshire

Having recently completed a contemporary ground floor extension & re-modelling works we would like to endorse Whitebeams services. They managed the tender process, obtaining, checking & negotiating the best prices before recommending our Building Contractor. They then put the contract in place & managed the administration throughout the project, which included fortnightly site progress meetings. We found Dan to be knowledgeable, diligent, proactive and an excellent link between ourselves & our builder which ensured smooth progress. In particular, Dan was thorough, yet pragmatic, in dealing with contractual requirements, valuations and cost adjustments. We believe this control & general overseeing of the build and finances was invaluable to the projects’ success and we are thrilled with the outcome. We would be happy to recommend Whitebeam for any similar project management work.

Mark Richardson - Streatley, Berkshire

Whitebeam has provided cost planning and contract administration services for us over a considerable time. Their expertise and input are precious to our clients and us, both in terms of providing accurate cost plans at the design stage of projects and later, during the tender and build processes. We rely on Dan for his attention to detail and thoroughness, which means that very little goes without scrutiny, all helping to ensure that unexpected problems do not occur during our builds. The role of contract administrator is not an easy one, but Dan administrates and manages all parties to the construction contract fairly and reasonably, via a service that is personable and professional at all times. In this manner, problems are overcome with a can-do approach, final accounts are expertly managed, quality is monitored, and projects are realised in line with client expectations. We would not hesitate to recommend Whitebeams services.

Kate Cooper - Absolute Architecture Newbury, Berkshire