The DGA way
DGA brings all the traditional QS skills you would expect from a professional RICS firm. Our approach, however, is radical.
Construction cost analysis is no longer just about money and capital cost – it’s about understanding value for the client. It’s about social value, environmental value, performance and happiness.
Life is good and you can’t help smiling.
Our Mission: To deliver accessible, relevant construction advice to clients and our wider community.
Our Vision: To change our construction world and our role within it – one project at a time.
think of the DGA waytestimonials
“Our team is our future. I am fortunate and honoured to work with, rely on and spend time with this amazing, talented group of people.
They are diverse, challenging, dynamic, motivating, inspirational. They make life fulfilling and enjoyable. Every day is different.”
Derek Gough MRICS
After creating DGA at his kitchen table nearly 30 years ago, Derek has amassed many years of experience in the quantity surveying and construction industry sectors.
Derek’s experience includes sectors such as Retail, Commercial, Civil Engineering and Residential.
When he isn’t on the golf course, Derek remains a vital member of the team, working closely with our apprentice and assistant Quantity Surveyors especially.
“Expert in civil engineering, a pretty good golfer and our inspiration… Oh! and a lifelong City fan.”
For nearly all her working life, Philippa has worked in business development and strategy, helping businesses to grow.
Starting out as a management accountant, Philippa’s roles gradually expanded into her current role as Managing Director.
Philippa has a vast amount of passion and knowledge on business development and sustainable building.
She strongly believes that the key to a successful business is value, relevance, speed and responsiveness.
Above all, she believes family is at the heart of every business, and she sees every member of DGA as a member of her extended family.
“The buck stops with me…the DGA Circle of Trust makes that role easy.”
Ed Gough MRICS
Having studied theology at Durham University, Edward went on to take his post-graduate studies in law and was called to the Bar in 2010.
He has worked for a variety of human rights organisations in Cambodia and has worked on business and human rights and legal education programs for a rule of law firm based in Phnom Penh.
Now, having worked for DGA for years, Ed is now working towards his RICS accreditation and has a vast amount of experience in high-end residential and commercial schemes.
“A property expert – Our man of the people with a barrister’s advocacy skills…powerful.”
Michael Pickering MRICS
Quantity Surveyor Specialising in PQS services.
Michael has experience as both a PQS and Contractor’s QS – with a proven record for success through adding value to projects.
As someone working towards Chartership in Quantity Surveying, Michael is always looking to bring the principals and values of the RICS to his clients, projects and colleagues alike.
“Fiercely loyal, organised, caring, careful and most beloved of clients – Mike’s a safe pair of hands.”
Caitlin drive for business and passion for marketing ensures DGA’s processes and outreach are the best that they can be.
“The DGA frontline, classically trained singer, and digital creative”
Will Cheung MRICS
Will focuses on a bit of everything, with experience in largescale apartment blocks, hospitals, schools, warehouses, hangars and airport terminals.
Will has managed to broaden his skillset by dealing with luxury bespoke projects and providing a PQS service to these projects.
“Fluent in Cantonese, our expert pianist has a laser eye for detail and his BoQs are deep dive accurate.”
Andy Freeman MRICS
Senior Quantity Surveyor
Graduate Quantity Surveyor focussing on estimating, procurement and PQS services.
A member of the DGA team since 2018, Andy has continued to build his experience in providing Professional Quantity Surveying services, Main Contractor estimates and Bills of Quantities.
Andy aims to build strong personal relationships with all clients, helping to ensure their requirements are met or exceeded.
“A man of few words but when he speaks, we listen…his results for clients do the talking.”
Assistant Quantity Surveyor
Blair strives to fulfil and exceed a client’s expectations by providing the best service that he can.
Blair is quite diverse in his capabilities of managing various aspects of quantity surveying, providing works on domestic dwellings, retail buildings and commercial properties.
“Hero of the London contractor market, our contractor clients rate him 5 Star.”
Assistant Quantity Surveyor
With previous work experience in international management within the pharmaceutical industry, Nick has found a passion for Quantity Surveying.
He works specifically in sustainable building and construction cost.
“Being an expert skier and skilled communicator, Nick sees the wood for the trees, and nothing fazes him – even Carbon analysis.”
Director of Morale
Probably the hardest working of the team, Baxter sits in for as many meetings as his attention span will allow. You may see him rooting in bins, rubbing his face along the carpet or begging the team for yet another treat.
Director of Mischief
Whenever things start to get too serious and the team begin to lose sight of our values Jessie is here to remind us that work can be fun whilst still getting things done.
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Call us, a discussion can’t hurt, and a member of our knowledgeable and friendly team will be able to guide you.
How to get in touch
DGA provide a professional and comprehensive nationwide Quantity Surveying service.
As a member of the RICS, we are specialist construction cost consultants, we offer advice, guidance and support on a wide range of projects from small extensions to much larger commercial and residential projects. We can also help you with Contract Administrators, Employer’s Agents and Project Managers.
With many years of combined experience, our team can guide a construction project from start to completion with high levels of care and attention to detail.