Typical UK Construction Costs of Buildings

Release date 1 July 2017

Typical Construction Costs of Buildings

Below is a guide to typical construction costs of various buildings per m2 of gross internal floor area (internal area measured over internal walls and partitions, stairwell openings etc). The costs are typical guide costs for a building of the size stated, constructed to a typical or mid-range specification. It is quite possible for costs to vary from -15% to +10% from the guide costs given here depending on the quality and specification of the finished building. Even this range is not absolute but is a guide only.

Costs are set at current index 172 - 3Q2017 (Year 2000 = 100), at UK national average (index 100). See the Construction Indices, the Regional Variations and the Project Value Adjustments pages for more details. The costs are for the building only, inclusive of preliminaries and contractor's overheads and profit. The costs are exclusive of furnishings, external works, allowances for risk (contingencies), fees and VAT.

If you don't know any better, we would typically add a further 20% of the costs below to cover the possible costs of external works (hard pavings, landscaping, external fences and walls, etc., foul and surface water drainage, and external services) and to the new sub-total figure a further 15% to cover risk (contingencies). This is only very much a rough guide and depends very much on the size of the site associated with the building and the level of specification and complexity of the external works. Professional fees can be anything from 5% to 10% depending on the size of the project - generally the larger the project the smaller fee percentage.

Building prices can be influenced significantly by local conditions, local market conditions, size and specification. The prices given here are intended only as an indicative guide and should be used with caution as prices outside these ranges can be encountered in meeting local conditions and specific client requirements.

Utilities and Civil Engineering Facilities
Surface car parks 1000m2 £90
Surface car parks with landscaping 1000m2 £120
Multi-storey car parks 15000m2 £440
Underground car parks with mechanical ventilation 2000m2 £1,010
Railway stations 5000m2 £2,340
Bus stations 5000m2 £2,230
Bus garages 2000m2 £930
Petrol stations 1000m2 £2,060
Vehicle showrooms with workshops 2000m2 £1,190
Vehicle repair and maintenance buildings 2000m2 £1,190
Industrial buildings
Agricultural shed 5000m2 £600
Factory, light industrial for letting with incoming mains only 5000m2 £610
Factory, light industrial for letting including lighting and power, toilets and basic office accommodation 5000m2 £770
Factory, light industrial for owner occupation including all services and basic accommodation 5000m2 £980
Factory, heavy industrial for owner occupation including all services and basic accommodation 5000m2 £1,580
High-technology workshops with air-conditioning 5000m2 £2,600
High bay warehouse 10m to 15m high (excluding racking) 10000m2 £320
High bay warehouse 16m to 24m high (excluding racking) 10000m2 £350
Administrative buildings
County court 2000m2 £2,480
Magistrates court 2000m2 £1,390
Office, non-air conditioned 3000m2 £1,360
Office, low rise, air conditioned 3000m2 £1,470
Office, medium rise, air conditioned 6000m2 £1,770
Office, high rise, air conditioned 10000m2 £2,000
Bank (branch) 2000m2 £1,620
Bank (city centre/head office) 2000m2 £2,230
Shop - shell 1000m2 £730
Shop - fitting out shell 1000m2 £690
Retail warehouse 6000m2 £730
Shopping mall, air-conditioned 80000m2 £3,570
Police station 2000m2 £1,620
Ambulance station 2000m2 £1,030
Fire station 2000m2 £1,660
Health and welfare buildings
General hospital 10000m2 £1,870
Group practice surgery 2000m2 £1,340
Health centre 2000m2 £1,340
Home for the handicapped 3000m2 £1,360
Home for the elderly 3000m2 £1,320
Refreshment, entertainment and recreation buildings
Restaurant 2000m2 £1,500
Public house 2000m2 £1,660
Theatres 4000m2 £3,460
Community centre 2000m2 £1,460
Swimming pool (international standard) 8000m2 £3,330
Swimming pool (local authority standard) 3000m2 £2,410
Sports hall including changing rooms 3000m2 £1,060
Squash courts 1000m2 £1,070
Sports pavilion 1000m2 £1,340
Religious buildings
Church 1500m2 £1,370
Church hall 1000m2 £1,510
Educational, cultural and scientific buildings
Nursery school 1000m2 £1,390
Primary school 4000m2 £1,340
Secondary school 12000m2 £1,510
Sixth form college 5000m2 £1,280
University 12000m2 £1,370
Training centre 2000m2 £1,460
Laboratory building 12000m2 £2,070
Computer building 5000m2 £1,890
Learning resource centre 2000m2 £1,570
Conference centre 5000m2 £1,830
Residential buildings
Housing association schemes apartments/flats 2000m2 £1,380
Housing association schemes bungalows 2000m2 £1,190
Housing association schemes houses 2000m2 £1,160
Sheltered housing flats with lifts and warden's accommodation 2000m2 £1,130
Private developments 3 to 5 storey flats 2000m2 £1,950
Private developments two and three storey houses 2000m2 £1,630
Private house, single detached 250m2 £1,760
Apartments - high quality in residential tower 7000m2 £2,250
Students residence 5000m2 £1,550
Hotel - luxury city centre 5000m2 £3,190
Hotel - business town centre with conference and leisure facilities 5000m2 £2,360
Hotel - mid range with conference and leisure facilities 5000m2 £1,870
Hotel - budget city centre with dining and bar facilities 3000m2 £1,710
Hotel - budget roadside excluding dining facilities 2000m2 £1,520