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Costs for small building works rise

Published: 23/02/2021

Prices have risen on average by 4.5% over the past year in the small works sector, although there is variation between trades.

Resource cost increases due to the higher cost of raw materials, and Covid-19 and Brexit related changes to the production process, have resulted in rates rising between 4.19% to 5.52% for contractors working on domestic extensions.  Loft conversions have increased on average by 4.63% over the same period.

All recent changes to wage rates, plant and materials prices and revisions to adjustment factors can be found in the updated 2021 BCIS resource datasets.

The BCIS Guide to estimating for small works price book  is available in hard copy and was created specifically for builders and construction professionals. It has been revised and updated to account for all changes to resource costs up to January 2021.

The 2021 guide includes new rates for precast concrete manholes in External works section.