Summary

Alison Collins is an experienced Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 25 years experience in private practice. Now working for Keelagher Okey Klein, Alison can offer an affordable, tailored cost consultancy service for any project, at any stage. Located in Warrington, Cheshire.

If you have a construction project in mind, need advice on indicative pre-design costings, need assistance in getting a project off the ground or are looking for a QS to join your project team, please contact Alison for a free initial consultation on:

Telephone 01925 654158 

Linked-In: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/akccollins/

Expertise


Services offered include (but are not limited to):

> Estimating, Cost Planning, Feasibility Studies, Appraisals

> Measurement and preparation of Bills of Quantities, Schedules of Work, Builders Quantities

> Tailoring project preliminaries to suit your operational requirements.

> Pre-Qualification Documents

> Preparation of Tender Documents, providing a full tendering service including sending out tenders, receiving tender returns, coordinating tender queries, analyzing responses and reporting.

> Contract advice, advice on a suitable contract to select for your particular project.

> Term Maintenance Contract Advice, including assistance on suitability and implementation

> Preparation of Contract Documents including assistance with signing/execution.

> Cash flow forecasting

> Project cost reporting

> Full post contract Quantity Surveying Service, including regular valuations, evaluation and agreement of variations, contractual dispute advice, etc through to evaluation and agreement of the Final Account.


Experience

  • AKC Collins - Chartered Quantity Surveyors

    Senior Quantity Surveyor
    1 - 5 Employees 2012 - Current
    Started a new consultancy after nearly 20 years of working for several large consultancies.
  • Kensall Partnership, Jacobs Babtie, Jacobs Engineering

    Principal Quantity Surveyor
    100+ Employees 1998 - 2012
    Initially a small quantity surveying office of 6 staff based in Stockport, successive takeovers led to the Kensalls becoming the backbone of Babties QS's office in Sale, which later became part of the giant multinational company, Jacobs Engineering. Worked on various projects varying between £15k and £14m (project size/type increased with each takeover).
  • Gleeds Chartered Quantity Surveyors

    Graduate Quantity Surveyor
    1 - 5 Employees 2004 - 2008
  • AKC Colllins - Chartered Quantity Surveyors

    Director
    1 - 5 Employees 2012 - 2018
    AKC Colllins - Chartered Quantity Surveyors
  • Keelagher Okey Klein

    Senior Quantity Surveyor
    6 - 20 Employees 2018 - Current

    I have taken up a postion in this friendly but professional firm in Warrington. There is lots of expertise of Quantity Surveying, but also a large team of dedicated Health and Safety Professionals who specialise in CDMA and Principle Designer roles.


Education History

  • BSc (Hons Quantity Surveying)

    University of Northumbria at Newcastle
    1989 - 2003
    A 4 year sandwich degree in Quantity Surveying, year 3 was spent working with British Rail's Civil Engineering Quantity Surveying Team in Birmingham.
  • BTEC National Diploma in Building Studies

    North Cheshire College
    1987 - 1989

Qualifications

MRICS (Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying CSCS card holder (Construction Site Safety)

Clubs and Associations

Friend of Grappenhall Library - a library rescued by the community from closure by Warrington Borough Council, now fully refurbished with assistance from WREN and the Big Lottery Fund, operated by and for the benefit of the community. Also used as a community space available for hire for clubs, functions/parties, 'away days' etc.

Member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists
Member of the Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Interests and Hobbies

Foundation Governor of a church primary school.
Church Bellringer and chorister
Music, Gardening, Family life

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