Slade Parry Quantity Surveyors


At Slade Parry we speak to you in plain English wherever possible but below you will find a number of key terms used in our profession.


Building Surveyor

Is a professional person who provides advice on property and construction.

CDM Co-ordinator

Is a professional who is appointed to advise and assist the employer on how to comply with the requirements of the CDM Regulations.

Contract Administrator

Is a professional named within more traditional procurement contracts to act on behalf of the Employer to ensure the works are carried out correctly.

Employer’s Agent

Is a professional named within a Design and Build Contract to act on behalf of the Employer ensuring that the end product fulfils the Employer’s needs and requirements.

Expert Witness

Is a professional with experience and knowledge not normally possessed by the average person concerning a particular topic.

Party Wall Surveyor

Is a professional who specialises in dealing with the requirements of the Party Wall Act.

Professional Member MRICS

Is a professional surveyor who has completed the RICS’s Assessment of Professional Competence and continues to comply with the RICS’s stringent rules and regulations.

Project Manager

Is a professional responsible for leading a project from inception to execution.

Quantity Surveyor

Is a professional person working within the construction industry concerned with procurement, cost and contacts.


Bills of Quantities

Is a document prepared to provide a tendering contractor with all the relevant information to ensure the contractor prices the works correctly. The priced document is then used as a control document throughout the construction process.

Building Regulation Approval

Is a set of standards set by the government with regards to the standards and quality a building must meet and are regulated by the local authority or approved inspectors.

Cost Plans

Is a process to provide early cost advice on a proposed project.


Drawn documents produced using autoCAD to show design and layout.

Employer’s Requirements

Is a document setting out the Employer’s requirements and parameters for the project. The document includes a Contract Sum Analysis which the contractor enters prices against the identified cost centres.

Feasibility Studies

Is a process to evaluate a proposal to determine the possibility of its success within the parameters set.

Planning Permission

Is the permission required by government and obtained from the local authority in order for a certain buildings to be constructed or existing uses for buildings to be changed.

SAP Energy Calculations

Are a set of calculations prepared for Building Regulation purpose to identify the buildings energy rating.


Is a document listing the elements of the works required on a project.


Is a document prepared to identify the works and the level of quality required on a project. The priced document is then used throughout the construction process.

Tender Documents

Are a set of documents issued to tendering contractors to ensure all the contractors follow the same rules, the documents normally include the project drawings, Bills of Quantities or other tendering document together with the form of tender and formal invitation to tender.



Computer Aided Design programme used in the production of construction drawings.


Building Cost Information Service – Organisation affiliated with the RICS to provide cost data for building projects.


Computer programme used in the production of Bills of Quantities.

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

A set of defined legal duties relating to the safe design and operation on construction sites.


Joint Contracts Tribunal – Organisation producing standard forms of building contracts.

Party Wall etc. Act 1996

An act introduced by the government to provide a framework for preventing and dealing with disputes in relation to party structures.


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – Professional body for surveyors.


Competitive or negotiated price submitted by a Contractor.