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The purpose of this assignment is to:

The purpose of this assignment is to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes of this unit as stated in the unit guide and to assess the students’ performance in the following areas:
•Analyse the influence of design decision making on a given project
•Consider real life project and solve problems as stated in assignment brief



You are the cost planner for a new hotel project being planned for a waterfront site in Geelong CBD. The outline proposals are being prepared and some major decisions have to be made in the coming weeks.

There are TWO Schemes being considered. You have been given the responsibility to make sure that the design team is aware of the total costs of the two alternatives being considered for this new project, so that a preferred option can be identified.

The client is cost conscious but is prepared to invest more capital costs into the building if it shows a longer term saving or better value.

Notes on Design

- All schemes have the same gross floor area
- All dimensions are external measurements and are in millimetres
- Drawings are not to scale
- Scheme A will have air-conditioning
- Scheme B will have no air-conditioning


1 – List and discuss five (5) external factors of the construction industry that could influence the cost advice you are going to provide (20 MARKS)

2 – Prepare an Outline Proposal Cost (Preliminary Estimate) for the two schemes taking account of the preliminary information above. Provide this as a part of a report to the client and include an introduction and a concluding recommendation, with reasons and rationale, for the most cost effective scheme. (50 MARKS)

3 – List and discuss at least ten (10) project specific (internal) factors that could influence the cost advice you are going to provide (30 MARKS) Note that question 2 only has to be provided in report format.

Further Information

Use the superficial method of estimating to calculate the cost of the proposal.Select an appropriate rate per square metre for each of the schemes. The rate must take account of the information that you already have or can assume at this early stage. Use a local source for this information, which may be your own office data, a published source or a similar project. Cite these sources and state any assumptions made in your submission.

The preliminary estimate must include for the following:

- Updating of source costs to present date
- Allowance for escalation to tender award date of June 2017
- Allowance for any increase in cost to completion date of June 2018
- External works and services
- Design contingencies
- Contract Contingencies
- Professional fees
- Any other costs appropriate for this type of building in this location
- What you have omitted from the estimate for whatever reason

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