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Construction estimating software

Create winning tenders, fast

  • Import bills, take-off quantities & use templates to define project scope
  • Access a personalised database of supplier rates to price jobs quickly
  • Create professional tenders, material/labour bills & budgets
Estimating in Chalkstring

Does this sound familiar?

We use complex spreadsheets that only the author understands, making handovers hard work.

Pricing data is stored in personal folders, shared drives and emails. It’s easy to use the wrong pricing.

We have estimating software but it stops there. It doesn’t then manage commercials onsite, so we go back to spreadsheets.


Chalkstring can help. 

How it works

Use a single database

Have all estimating data at your fingertips.

Price your job

Build your project scope and price your job easily.

Create winning tenders

Generate high quality tender documentation.

Estimating - Use a centralised database with your business' information

One system, with everything you need 

  • Price jobs consistently, using a centralised database with your business’ information
  • Use a database of templates, materials and labour activities that are specific to your business
  • Easily create and manage quotes, including standard terms & project-specific pricing
  • View live and historical pricing to help negotiate the best supplier rates
Estimating in Chalkstring - Build your project scope quickly

Build your scope quickly

  • Avoid manually rekeying data, by importing client bills and/or measures
  • Measure using Takeoff and have your quantities appear in your bill instantly
  • Build your scope quickly, using personalised rate build up templates
  • Apply supplier quotes to your entire project, in one click
  • Compare pricing & schemes easily, to find the most competitive option
  • Easily break your projects down into phases and zones for the site team

Estimating is twice as fast

Hear from Jamie Brenton, Managing Director, at Brebur Ltd. He explains how Chalkstring's estimating software has halved the time it takes to create winning tenders.

Estimating in construction

Produce winning tenders

  • Review and tweak commercial data, including profit, margin & wastage
  • Produce high quality, standardised and professional tender documents
  • Choose from a range of formats for commercial and residential projects
  • Easily make changes and resubmit tenders your client
Estimating  in Chalkstring - improve collaboration

Improve collaboration with smooth & efficient handovers

  • Seamlessly transition tender information to the live construction project
  • Give the site team tender information in the same format, every time
  • Review material and labour schedules to see what resources are needed
  • See and understand why decisions were made at tender stage
  • Make revisions easily to reflect the real-life job

Don't just listen to us

Rory Smith, MD at Smiths Drylining

“It takes us 50% less time to price jobs in Chalkstring, than it did using our old spreadsheets. We can easily price different options and schemes, making changes in seconds. And we can see the impact of that change on the project financials instantly. ”


Rory Smith
Managing Director | Smiths Drylining Ltd

With Chalkstring you will:


Use the same database for estimating and delivering the project live onsite.


Created standardised tenders that both your pre and post contract teams can understand.


Analyse commercials and ensure your tender is priced to win and delivers your profit target.

How to create winning tenders fast

How to create winning tenders, fast

This webinar explores Chalkstring’s many powerful features, designed to help specialist subcontractors quickly generate competitive estimates.

Estimating is just one of Chalkstring's many features

Chalkstring is an all-in-one cloud-based platform for estimating, procurement, cost reporting and more. Developed for specialist subcontractors, it streamlines how your entire team manages project financials across every stage of a construction contract, from tender to final account.


Chalkstring feature overview

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