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What’s the difference between a Quantity Surveyor and a Building Surveyor?

What's the difference between a Quantity Surveyor and a Building Surveyor?

According to RICS, ‘a Quantity Surveyor is an expert in the art of costing a building at all its stages’ while Building Surveyors provide technical advice about the construction of a building or property.

What does a Quantity Surveyor do?

Quantity Surveyors join a project early on, reviewing architects plans and building schematics in order to total the cost of materials and labour in advance of any construction. 

They use Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the Building Cost Information Service in order to gain an accurate cost from technical measurements/ tools which are then used to inform the cost, budget, benchmarks and even life cycle cost plans.

A Quantity Surveyor will remain on a project throughout it’s construction, to monitor the construction and material usage in line with Building Regulations. For some larger projects, there may even be a specialist Quantity Surveyor on board as well whose specialism means they oversee a specific part of the project.

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What does a Building Surveyor do?

Building Surveyors can be responsible for a variety of different roles from ‘measured survey and design, structural surveys, legal matters such as leases and party wall awards, contract running and site supervision.’

In some cases, Building Surveyors inspect buildings on behalf of a property management company, housing developer or specialist surveying company. Their job is to report on the building’s condition, identifying any dilapidation, damp, cracks, subsidence and damage in order to make a recommendation for the repair and provide an estimate for the cost.

In some cases, a Building Surveyor may take a look at walls, floors or ceilings shared between properties and advise on who is responsible for the repair, while other Building Surveyors may even oversee the design and planning of smaller building projects like extensions.

Why work as a Quantity Surveyor or Building Surveyor?

“A job within Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying gives you the opportunity to have a real impact on building homes, cities and skylines – shaping projects right through from the initial plans of how it might look to walking past a completed project on the street and thinking ‘I did that’! They are multifaceted roles giving you a platform to develop a vast skillset as you progress through your career.” – Carla Chamberlain, Team Leader, Oyster Partnership

What's the difference between a Quantity Surveyor and a Building Surveyor?

How to get a job as a Quantity Surveyor or Building Surveyor

To become a qualified Quantity Surveyor or Building Surveyor, you would need to complete an Undergraduate Degree in a related field or look out for any degree approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and/or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). 

Once you have completed your degree, you would need to become a member or either of these organisations or even specialise in a field after 2-4 years on the job.

Want a job in surveying? Speak to one of our team

We have recruiters dedicated to placing Quantity Surveyors and Building Surveyors in roles within property organisations, management companies and housing associations across the country. Contact one of us today, call 020 7766 9000 or email your CV to info@oysterpartnership.com.

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