Core Project Services

Thomas Sands provide the following core pre and post Contract Project Services for our Clients:-

Management - Project and Cost



Our Clients are varied and represent all sectors of private and public commerce:-


For over 10 years, Thomas Sands has been closely involved with projects in all sectors of education.

From primary schools through to university departments, we know the parameters that are vital for effective investment in capital assets. After all, success in the building project leads to success in the resource itself.

In addition to our core Cost Identification and Control skills, we are also very familiar with SFA, and University Grants Committee applications.

  • Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Education
  • Teaching Facilities
  • Specialised Resources, including Laboratories, Music Rooms, Computer Suites and Gymnasia
  • Outdoor Sports and Recreational Facilities
  • Student and Staff Accommodation
  • New Build and Refurbishment
  • Traditional Procurement
  • Design and Build Procurement
  • Building Stock Appraisal and Maximisation
  • Building Insurance Valuations

Commercial and Industrial

Thomas Sands has great experience of the requirements of commercial and industrial buildings both new build and refurbishment schemes, large and small.

We have been pleased to work for property companies like Slough Estates and for end-users such as Dennis Specialist Vehicles.

Our skills include capital allowances assessments, value management and project cost identification and control. Our objective throughout is to optimise returns and minimise disruption to business activity.

  • Offices
  • High-Tech Industrial
  • Manufacturing Industrial
  • Warehouses
  • Developers
  • Property Managers
  • End Users
  • New Build
  • Refurbishment and Conversion
  • Fast Track Contracts
  • Design & Build Procurement


The particular characteristics and demands of Health Sector projects are rapidly changing, but Thomas Sands experience gives us a special insight.

We have been involved with a number of Hospital schemes in both the public and private sectors. We are familiar with projects which are phased or sequentially implemented and which need to be carefully pre-planned.

Past projects include the cost management of many Doctor's Surgeries. We know about the spatial parameters that must be addressed and the cost allowances set out in the Red Book and the FHSA Funding Guidelines.

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Surgeries
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • NHS Sector
  • Private Sector


In this sector, as in many others, attracting and keeping customers is of paramount importance. Ensuring that retail buildings suit their purpose and achieve key opening dates, at the right price is an element critical to their subsequent commercial success.

Because of our breadth of knowledge. Thomas Sands can play a crucial role in this process. As an example, we know that layouts must be kept flexible to accommodate changing customer expectations and about the importance of security measures.

Detailed pre-planning by us will lead to short and efficient construction or fit out periods. Our pro-active financial management skills control costs effectively.

  • Food & Non-Food Retailing
  • Town Centre Shops
  • Banks & Building Societies
  • Retail Parks
  • Shell Units
  • Fully Shopfitted Stores
  • Development Schemes
  • Fast Track Contracts
  • Design & Build Procurement
  • Partnering


Thomas Sand's breadth of expertise ranges from traditional houses for private clients to schemes for commercial house developers. Whatever the project, ultimate success lays in fully identifying and understanding requirements financial and constructional - and then translating this knowledge into the built result.

We know that quality in the finished house must last, yet value to money must always be achieved. Correctly balancing quality against expenditure is a key Thomas Sands skill.

Thomas Sands works very closely with clients - personal or commercial to match costs against budgets and to report and control costs throughout the process.

  • Individual Houses
  • Housing Schemes
  • Alterations, Interiors and Restoration
  • Warranty and Detects Actions
  • Traditional Procurement
  • Design & Build
  • Critical Ground Conditions
  • Roads and Landscaping

Community Housing

Whether fully rented or shared equity, community housing is an important national and local asset. Inevitably, it is an area with its own complex rules and procedures. Successful schemes are those which not only identify and meet project objectives but which also satisfy Local Authority, Housing Association and Funder's criteria.

Because of Thomas Sands' breadth of experience, you can be confident that we know precisely the right course to steer. We are completely familiar with such significant details as plot ratios, HAG applications, VAT assessments and NHBC Warranty Defects actions.

  • Local Authorities
  • Housing Associations
  • Houses and Flats
  • New Build & Rehabilitation
  • Traditional Procurement
  • Design & Build Procurement
  • Single Point Responsibility
  • Financial and Project Audits


The Leisure, Health & Fitness and Licensed Trade sector is fast- moving; constantly developing new products and services to meet changing market demands. It is one that Thomas Sands knows well.

Most projects whether new build or refurbishment in nature are not only cost critical for obvious commercial reasons, but are also time critical to minimise operational shut-downs. At the same time, quality must be maintained in the face of rising consumer expectations. This challenge is one that Thomas Sands, with its unique blend of professional cost control and project management skills, are well suited to address.

  • Hotels, Restaurants and Licensed Premises
  • Health and Fitness
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Traditional Contracts
  • Design and Build
  • Fast Track Procurement

Historic Buildings

Working on historic building projects can be challenging and demands a special range of skills combined with a depth of experience. We at Thomas Sands know, from long familiarity, that our care and attention to detail is rewarded when buildings are comprehensively restored for the future, sympathetically converted for new, viable uses, or correctly maintained so as to reduce annual repair costs.

One of the pleasures of working in restoration, whether a Conservation Area cottage or Stately Home, is the range of buildings encountered, the diversity of problems that need to be overcome and the traditional skills that must be brought to bear. Thomas Sands has the required professional expertise tor this demanding situation.

  • Conservation & Restoration
  • Conversion and Rehabilitation
  • Traditional Techniques, including Stonemasonry, Lime Plasterwork etc.
  • Listed Building Constraints
  • English Heritage and Conservation Officer Requirements
  • Grants, Finance and VAT Implications
  • Planned Repair and Maintenance
  • Schedules of Condition and of Dilapidations