About Construction

Cost Consultants

Construction Cost Consultants is a privately owned firm of Professional Quantity Surveyors providing a unique variety of services from the front end, including partnering and procurement, strategy and advice, project monitoring, management and training and seminars, as well as a host of dispute resolution services.

Employing only the best quantity surveyors from New Zealand, the UK and abroad, with extensive commercial acumen and experience with delivering programmes of work on time and on budget, we can provide a whole range of client services from conceptual design stage through to project delivery, as well as a full spectrum of services to construction companies, subcontractors and suppliers.

Our consultants have been engaged extensively in the Christchurch rebuild, providing advice to insurers and PMOs alike, completing over 20,000 rebuild valuations.

The Management Team at Construction Cost Consultants possesses excellent track records in the resolution of complex commercial and contractual issues. We are also highly attuned to commercial opportunities as well as potential contractual risk.

The Team

Andy Thomson - Managing Director

Andy is originally from Scotland where he trained as a Quantity Surveyor in private practice. He left there in 1996 to move to the Isle of Man where he started contracting work. He has lived in New Zealand for over 11 years now, moving here in 2006.

Andy is the Managing Director of Construction Cost Consultants (CCC) and oversees all functions within the company. He also sits on our board of directors, and he takes great pride in the fact he founded Construction Cost Consultants in 2010 and has played a large part in arriving at where we are today. He is a proud Registered Quantity Surveyor and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is also a Fellow of Quantity Surveying International. Andy is involved in both the construction and insurance sides of our business and likes nothing more than being challenged by new ideas.

Before founding CCC, Andy spent 13 years working on the contractor side of construction as Quantity Surveyor, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Regional Commercial Manager and Regional Manager in New Zealand, Scotland and Isle of Man. He also spent seven years working as a PQS (Professional Quantity Surveyor) in Scotland. Andy is very passionate about change and how change can help our industry become more efficient and attractive to new candidates to come and work in our industry.

Andy has two children, Quianna (21) who is studying at university in Auckland and Dylan (19) who is a keen footballer currently on a 4 year scholarship in the United States. He also loves motorsport and has raced motorbikes in the past; he likes nothing better than to travel and experience different cultures.

Bevan Murdoch - Quantity Surveyor

Born and bred in Canterbury, Bevan completed a degree in Finance at the University of Otago. Following some time spent in Europe he returned to Christchurch and joined the construction sector to assist with the rebuild after the earthquake. During this time he has gained a diploma in Quantity Surveying and enjoys working in this industry for Construction Cost Consultants.

Bevan currently works in the Christchurch office and is completing his Assessment of Practical Completion through the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is hoping to gain full membership to both the RICS and NZIQS.

In his spare time Bevan can be found down at the local ice-skating rink playing ice hockey.

Brett Parekura - Managing Site Surveyor

A central Otago man born and bred, Brett decided to spread his wings for his O.E.  After working in the contracts division of The Ministry of Works and completing an Engineering Cadetship, he decided to head overseas. After many adventures, he eventually ended up in London doing many jobs which included a stint in accounting, some ski instructing in Austria, and he was employed as a  team supervisor on an off-shore rig. He eventually ended up forming a company and securing a large contract in the stone industry, where he settled for nine years carrying out many top-end restoration projects specialising in castles and top listed heritage buildings around Europe. During that journey, he was engaged by the British Stone Federation as a consultant and sent on projects all around the Northern hemisphere.

After 12 years in the U.K. and after getting married Brett decided it was time to head back to NZ to settle down and have a family. He continued to work in the construction industry, specialising in the restoration of heritage buildings and top-end architecturally designed homes. As projects in this industry involved a lot of travel within NZ, after two years of commuting to Christchurch and the Pacific region Brett decided he needed a change. It was at this point he rekindled a relationship he had previously with Construction Cost Consultants and joined the team in 2013.

Brett manages the team involved in  developing the systems and processes currently used in the Sum Insured arm of the business which led to building the CCC app; ValueIt. This is an integral tool and is used on all our Sum Insured valuations both domestic and commercial.

Brett’s current role in CCC is National Survey Manager. In this role, he oversees the surveying teams around the country. He is involved in all stages of our surveyor’s role, from recruitment through their training process and ongoing assessments.

For leisure, Brett enjoys socialising and sport. He is an avid rugby follower and loves watersports too… in fact, there aren’t many sports that Brett isn’t keen on!

Dean Herbert - Senior Quantity Surveyor

Dean is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who has 14 years’ experience carrying out pre and post contract QS services. Dean enjoys managing the commercial aspects of key project relationships from initial point of feasibility studies, through to tendering and contract negotiations as well as remaining a key contact throughout the project delivery. He strives to achieve remarkable project outcomes for our clients.

Here at Construction Cost Consultants, Dean is a Senior Quantity Surveyor and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the New Zealand Institution of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) and Quantity Surveyors International (QSI). Dean is very passionate about the development of the Quantity Surveying profession and plays an active part in mentoring our cadets through their training and career progression. Dean also sits on the education committee for the NZIQS, playing a vital role in the education standards for the next generation within our industry.

Originally from the UK, Dean has been living in New Zealand since 2013 and has fully embraced the outdoor kiwi lifestyle. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym, discovering many of New Zealand’s national parks and beaches, kayaking and fishing.

Fiona Liang - Accountant

Fiona has over 20 years accounting experience working in China, Australia and New Zealand.

She immigrated to New Zealand in 1998 where she finished a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy in 2000. After that  Fiona worked for a Finance Company,  an Accounting Firm and also a Wholesale Company. She was able to use these roles to gain accounting experience in many different areas. Fiona has been working with CCC for 3 and a half years and really enjoys working here.

Most weekends are spent driving her daughter to different tennis clubs and schools, playing tennis and taking part in competitions. Fiona enjoys the sunshine and watching the results of the teams hard work.

Martin Higgins - Site Surveyor

Originally from the UK, Martin has lived in New Zealand for 10 years and is thoroughly settled.

Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and spent 30 years as a Building Surveyor and Valuer in London for a subsidiary of Barclays Bank.  He obtained a Post-Graduate qualification in Building Conservation from the University of Reading in 1996 and specialised in surveys of older buildings, including a castle!  Martin has conducted 6 Study Tours to various locations in Italy for students on the Conservation course to enable them to study classical architecture and conservation.  He is proficient in the Italian language.

Now qualified as a Quantity Surveyor in NZ, he has been with CCC for 4.5 years after seven years as a pre-purchase inspector which gave him a deep insight into NZ building construction.  His wealth of experience across the globe has helped CCC develop the processes utilised in preparing assessments and reports to clients.

In his spare time, Martin assists the Head Gardener (his wife), and enjoys cooking, unsurprisingly, mainly Italian cuisine, and getting away from it all in the motorhome with the bikes on the rack.

Scott Crow - Site Surveyor

Scott is one of our Site Surveyors and hails from the second best region in the world, Taranaki. He is also a key part in CCC’s technology integration process.

Scott attended Waikato University where he successfully completed his Bachelor of Social Science. Then he decided it was time to get a job, save some money and head overseas for a somewhat extended OE! Some 16 years later he returned to New Zealand, having spent the majority of his time working in IT in London’s square mile.

In his spare time Scott likes snowboarding, riding his motorbike and watching most sports.

Scott Taylor - Quantity Surveyor

Scott is a Quantity Surveyor here at Construction Cost Consultants, tasked with helping our QS and Surveying team as well as advancing his knowledge and skills as he completes his bachelor’s degree.

Before working with Construction Cost Consultants, Scott was a manager at a blind and curtain company where he was in charge of managing all production, installation, stock and ordering. These responsibilities have given Scott useful time management qualities among many other skills.

In his spare time Scott enjoys a quiet lifestyle and spending time with family and close friends.

Thomas Jones - South Island Managing Surveyor

Since graduating in 1985 Thomas has navigated a path that has touched on many sectors of the construction industry. Originally from Huddersfield in the UK, Thomas worked all over the world before moving to NZ

The first 15 years of his career were spent in contracting where he went from Junior Site Management to Project Manager, in charge of large multi-million dollar schemes. During this time he managed major roadworks, structures, fast-track commercial development, public sector projects and large housing developments.

This was followed by eight years as a private sector consultant involved in development, business improvement and contract administration. After this, Thomas spent many years as a Project Director/Programme Manager within the public sector managing programmes and projects including one of $800 million in value.

In 2016, Thomas joined  Construction Cost Consultants in their Christchurch office. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as well as being an assessor for them,  a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Chartered Project Management Surveyor. Further to this, he is a qualified Adjudicator of construction disputes and holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Law.  A licenced building practitioner, he holds a site management licence for high rise buildings and concrete foundations, slabs and walls.

Thomas enjoys getting into the mountains in the winter and goes skiing whenever he can. Before retiring from the game, he was a Rugby League referee and has also been a high school Governor. Nowadays it’s the starry nights that draw him, and on clear nights you will often find him in the backyard peering through the telescope.

Tristan Hunt - Site Surveyor

Tristan is a property surveyor for Construction Cost Consultants, working daily with our customers surveying both domestic and commercial properties, he is also engaged in streamlining our property surveying processes.

Prior to working at CCC, Tristan spent 20 years in the marine electrical industry predominantly in the Superyacht arena – initially heavily involved in installation, then moving on to design and engineering.  The industry enabled Tristan to travel to Australia, Uruguay and China frequently and to work remotely on projects all over the world. Tristan’s CAD drafting and team management skills have proved invaluable in his integration into the CCC property surveying team.

Tristan’s leisure time is focused on his young family and restoring his vintage car.

William Popata - IT Manager

William was born in Auckland and was raised in the Bay of Plenty, a region which he still calls home.

William’s first job after leaving school was in a civil works crew, here he was the second in command for a team of four.  In this position William was responsible for reinforcing instructions from the foreman and ensuring jobs were completed as smoothly as possible. Each task was researched by William before gathering tools and supplies ready to carry out the work. After working here for 5 years, and realising the effects this work had on the body at an older age, he decided to return to study.

He enrolled at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic where he completed a diploma in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, leading to a role with Construction Cost Consultants.

William started with CCC as a Junior QS in March 2014 but as he began to explore the role he found great appreciation for the development side of CCC. William is now in our IT Manager, in this role he is involved in the development of our app ValueIt and in optimising our systems. Because of his background and education William enjoys taking the basic ideas of others and applying them to improve the way CCC functions.

Outside of work; during the day William can be found on a basketball/netball court or enjoying the playground with his little ones. During the evening he is an undercover gamer.

Joe Cheng - Senior Quantity Surveyor

Joe is a focused and result driven professional Quantity Surveyor & Strategic Procurement Specialist with extensive experience in construction industry for various prestigious property developers, contractors, public organizations, and consultant firms. He has specialised in strategic construction services, procurement/tendering, and negotiation to deliver construction projects at the highest level of corporate compliance with balanced business efficiency.

In the recent years, he has also been in-charge of several IT projects to improve the overall construction process management, control, and reporting. He holds professional qualifications (MRICS, BEAM Pro, and Certified Risk Planner) which demonstrates his expertise in contractual management skills, green building designs/applications, and project risk assessment.

Originally from Hong Kong, Joe can speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, running, and discovering the magnificent scenery in New Zealand with family and friends.


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