Prelims & Further Savings
These are the temporary works and provisions needed to run the site and which are removed on or before completion. Sometimes prelims include money set aside for a site manager’s time, but this is more usually included as a project management fee.
- setting up a site office, drying room, storage and a site loo (complete with Hot Water for washing)
- providing scaffolding, site fencing, signs and notices
- security and safety equipment
- skips, especially hazardous waste disposal
Typical prelim cost, as suggested by Homebuilding & Renovating as at December 2017: £5,000-£12,000 for a new house
Scaffolding in particular can balloon in price if complex features, such as temporary roofing over, are involved — scaffolding costs in this situation can be as much as £20,000. Things like security fencing hire can soon add up too, and it usually makes sense to buy it if you expect to use it for longer than six to eight weeks.
Assuming the ‘shell’ of your house will cost, say, £100,000, leaving you to fit out and finish, then since all of these casts are included in our Fixed Price for this ‘shell’ you are likely to be saving in the order of:
Architect, Technical Design & Engineering - £15,000
Project Management - £15,000
Site Management / Supervision 6 months - £15,000
Prelims, including scaffolding - £15,000
Total - £60,000
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