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quantity surveyors Rawlinsons came on board for the Forté Health project

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Given the technical nature of the Forté Health hospital and its status as an Importance Level 4 building, a high degree of specialist expertise was required from the quantity surveyor.

Rawlinsons is a nation-wide team of quantity surveyors, construction consultants and cost engineers with a close knowledge of costs, values and labour and market process. Financial appraisals, contracts and strategic procurement are also within the firm's expertise, says co-director Lawrie Saegers.

"We provide services to most industry sectors – from health to tourism – and have been established in the Christchurch and wider South Island property and construction markets for over 30 years. Our head office is in Christchurch, but we also have three other offices in major New Zealand centres."

Co-director Julian Mace says the Rawlinsons best-for-project approach was one reason it was suitable for the high-end Forté Health building.

"Our estimating work after the February 2011 earthquake for some proposed Importance Level 3 and 4 buildings within the Christchurch CBD was also crucial to our appointment as the quantity surveyors for the base build and ground floor fit-out contracts," says Mace.

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"On Forté Health, Rawlinsons assisted with the advanced procurement of the piling, curtain walling and structural steel trades," says Saegers. "The project was delivered inside 20 months and so required a strong cost-management effort to maintain the budget and fast-track programme required.

"This is a leading-edge building that points the way forward for Christchurch and we are very proud to be associated with it and the client group."

For further details, contact Rawlinsons, phone +64 3 366 0371. Website:www.rawlinsons.co.nz

First published date: 31 March 2014

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