CQS Solutions Quantity surveyor company expands its business

Business & Technology Centre tenant company, CQS Solutions, has expanded with a business merger that will give it the potential to take its services across all of Wales.

CQS Solutions has joined forces with Bowen Consultants Ltd which has offices in Newtown, Powys and Conwy in North Wales.

The expanded team includes ten quantity surveyors headed by principal surveyor and company owner, Tim Lloyd, and backed by business support staff.

Tim Lloyd of CQS Solutions said that the move would expand the team and knowledge base on offer to clients whilst maintaining the ethos of personal service.

“The merger will give our clients more resources, wider services and expanded capacity. It brings together 20 years of public sector experience and means we can diversify our portfolio and take on more public sector contracts,” he said.

Bowen Consultants has been operating across Wales since 1984 offering a range of services including project management, quantity surveying, dispute resolution and CDM co-ordinator services to both public and private sector clients.


The new merged company has the capacity to offer quantity surveying and project management services to clients across Wales. It will also be using the latest Masterbill software to allow teams across all its sites to collaborate on projects using innovative digital technology.

Tim Lloyd is also planning to use the expanded company to support young people coming into the industry from all backgrounds.

“We want the merged company to be an incubator for new talent by offering a variety of roles for young people. The expansion will give us more scope to help those starting on their careers to experience different roles within the industry,” he said.

Find out more about CQS here

e-Innovation Centre tenants – Buildfifty5 Anticipate Major Growth

BuildFifty5 Living, part of the well-established project management and construction development company BuildFifty5 Ltd, launched in early 2019 to focus on the redevelopment and improvement of the affordable homes, older persons, and assisted living markets.

“Over the last 17 years we have amassed a wealth of experience working with private and institutional developers and funds. During lockdown, we spent time refining our approach and preparing the ground for what we anticipate being major growth during the next few years,” said Kieran Danby, co-owner of Buildfifty5 Living.

With its team operating from the E-Innovation Centre, BuildFifty5 Living works closely with affordable older persons accommodation, housing and assisted living registered providers to deliver bespoke and affordable homes, which in turn will help to regenerate high streets and communities.

Up to and during lockdown BuildFifty5 Living facilitated a £2.7 million scheme for Citizen Housing (a housing association group that owns and manages 30,000 homes across the West Midlands) for the construction of 24-homes on the site of a former pub in Smethwick. Kieran Danby, co-owner of Buildfifty5 Living, said: “The redevelopment of the Thimblemill Pub site demonstrated how we identify opportunities that benefit from the fresh approach to design, procurement and collaboration we bring. Many companies had overlooked the brownfield site, however, we recognised the opportunity to galvanise a team that successfully overcame the challenges involved and delivered a fully affordable scheme.”

Mr Danby added: “Set against the background of ever-increasing house prices, living costs and pressure on appropriate public services, demand for affordable, supported and specialist housing has never been greater, particularly in the West Midlands and Shropshire.

He adds: “Our approach dares to be different. Our site acquisition strategy is enabling us to be one step ahead of the game. So much so, that we are now helping to re-develop sites within Telford Borough, our own county of Shropshire and much further afield across the UK.

Business and Technology Centre tenants celebrate 15 years in business

A Midlands quantity surveying company celebrated 15 years in business with a fact-finding visit to the new £17.5m National Brownfield Institute.

Members of the CQS Solutions team, based at the Telford Innovation Campus, were given a tour of the new facilities at the University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield Campus including a visit to the Igloo – a 4D immersive suite that will be used to assess land for regeneration.

Company founder, Tim Lloyd, said that it was fitting that the tour of the new ground-breaking institute coincided with the company’s 15th anniversary.

“We were offered the chance to view the new institute and we were very impressed with the facilities and particularly the Igloo. Keeping up to date with the latest developments is very important to our professional development and this was a great way to mark our 15th anniversary,” said Tim.

CQS Solutions, based in Telford, has grown since 2007 to an eight person team working with building contractors and sub contractors across the Midlands.

Its aim is to improve project outcomes by providing professional advice and services helping its customers improve cost certainty, margins and productivity.

Tim said that when he started his career as a quantity surveyor with a major corporate company in 2001 he regularly dealt with contractors and sub contractors on a wide range of projects and contract types.

“It became clear to me that many of them would benefit from professional support in their operations and that was something I could do for them. I set up CQS Solutions in 2007 and we have grown organically from there.

“I think we have been successful because we always try to add value with our professional approach and standard of work,” he said.

He originally set up the business from his home and for the past ten years has been based at University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Innovation Campus, Business and Technology Centre.

The team has widened its experience and remit over its 15 year history. Tim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Construction and is now working towards chartered status with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Other members of the team are also working towards RICS chartered status and other qualifications.

You can find out more about CQS Solutions by visiting the website here

Congratulations on accreditation to our tenants – Buildfifty5

Congratulation to Telford Innovation Campus tenants, BuildFifty5, a project management, and construction development company, which is involved in regeneration projects throughout Shropshire and the West Midlands, BuildFifty5 has received accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) – a professional acknowledgment which confirms its status as a quality, professional business.
They are now part of an elite list of companies that hold the accreditation of being a Chartered Building Company (CBC)
Read more on this here.