The Concept of Cost Control
Cost control aims at ensuring that resources are used to the best advantage. With the alternating high costs and acute shortage of funds, the majority of promoters of building work are insisting on projects being designed and executed to give maximum value for money. A good illustration was the Housing Corporation formulating performance expectations in 1989, which prescribed the criteria which housing associations were expected to achieve in the provision and management of housing stock and emphasised the need for rigorous self-monitoring. Quantity surveyors are employed to an increasing extent during the design stage to advise architects on the probable cost implications of their design decisions and to assist in obtaining economical and efficient designs. As buildings become more complex and building clients more exacting in their requirements, so it becomes necessary to improve and refine the cost control tools.
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