Causeway Estimating is helping Vale Builders Southern Ltd to speed up the production of tenders while also streamlining the management of sub-contractors. The time-saving benefits of upgrading to Estimating will enable the company to assess estimates more thoroughly to increase accuracy and protect margins.


Based in Portsmouth, Vale Builders Southern operates as a main contractor across all sectors, carrying out major and minor refurbishments, new build projects and major extensions. The company has a strong focus on customer service and adding value for its clients.

Quantity Surveyor Oliver West recalled:

“In upgrading our estimating processes we had a number of key criteria that the new system would need to address. We evaluated a number of systems and identified Causeway Estimating as offering the best solution. From the way the system is configured it is clear that Causeway has worked closely with contractors, understands their requirements and has designed the software to be easy to use.”

These criteria included the ability to produce tenders more quickly from Bills of Quantity in spreadsheet format, from drawings and from Scopes of Works – as well as ease of searching historical estimate data. The company was also looking for a system that would make it easier to create and send enquiries to sub-contractors and to import their responses back into estimating system.

The sub-contractor module within Estimating enables fast production of packages from the estimate that are then sent to sub-contractors in Excel format. Once these spreadsheets have been populated and returned they are then automatically imported into the estimate.

“The productivity improvements from upgrading the system give us more time to adjudicate the tenders, carry out comparisons and what-if scenarios and ensure that our estimates are accurate. The reporting at the end of the estimate is also very useful in terms of managing costs once the job has been won,” Oliver West added.

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