How Much Will a Steel Building Cost?
The simple and honest answer is that it depends. Every business is unique in their requirements and needs. It is fairly straight forward to offer you up a rough ballpark figure for a steel building say somewhere between £250 - £1000 per square meter.
However, that's not very practical and you really don't want to be using it to work out if a project is going to be a sound investment or not. A better question to ask would be:
What do I need to consider to get an accurate budget for a new steel building project?
When pricing up the cost of a new steel building, Saxby Hatfield have a very specific process we go through to make sure you get a budget that is as clear and transparent as possible.
The type of building or the main purpose for the building is a really important factor when it comes to pricing a steel building. It is just as important as telling us the size you require. Why? Because you can have any finish you can think over for a steel building, it may be just fine to clad your building with single skin metal profile sheeting or you might be looking for brick walls or timber finishes. You might need your building to be really well insulated for efficiency when heating the building so it could require an increased specification or you might just want to limit condensation build up.
With so many possibilities and options when it comes to steel buildings, the details are important to understand the actual cost of a steel building that will actually suit your needs. Here are some of the things we consider when it comes to pricing your steel building.
Factors That Affect How Much a Steel Building Costs
Initial Design & Drawings - This is not something most people can do themselves and often you will need to instruct a professional. However, hiring an independent architect can be costly and, in most cases, unnecessary. At Saxby Hatfield we are a customer led steel building design company. We use 3D modelling software to create your building virtually so you can understand what works and what doesn't. What makes us different to architects is we have a detailed understanding of steel buildings and how they work in practice. This means we can help you make sensible and cost-effective decisions.
Planning Permission - You can either try it yourself or get a professional to take all the challenges out of dealing with the local authorities, writing up the application, carrying out the design and access statement, submitting the correct elevation drawings etc.
Design - Design is crucial and what is important to realise when designing your new building is that what you need now in maybe not what you need in 5 – 10 years time. The ability to design for the future is one of the great advantages of a steel framed building, especially for an evolving business. You may even find that the design needs adjusting to suit planning requirements. For example, if you are looking to erect a steel building in a built-up area, consider the surrounding buildings, what materials they are finished in? Do they have brick or rendered walls, do they have a specific colour finish.
Building Regulations - Most steel buildings will require some form of building regulation approval. The extent will depend on what the building will be used for, and whether the building will be heated. For example, if you are looking to create an extension to a building which will be used as a place of work you will need to ensure your building will comply with requirements such as the correct number of emergency exit doors.
Fire Boundaries - It is also important to note that building regulations require the external walls of single storey buildings that are close to site boundaries should have fire resistance to prevent the spread of fire between buildings. The amount of wall requiring fire resistance reduces as the distance from the relevant boundary increases. If you're proposed building has or is likely to have a fire boundary condition it can add a significant cost to your project. We can review your proposed building location and specifications to understand if a condition will be applied and how much it will cost to satisfy the condition.
Footings - Ensuring the footings are designed for the building and are accounted for correctly, this sometimes require investigation work, and designing to suit the building. The building relies on the foundations so it is important that these are specified correctly.
Drainage and services - It is important to consider the whole project from the beginning, including all aspects here helps to identify the whole project cost and not just the building. This means that nothing is a surprise later in the project. This could be drainage or services that are required to the building such as water, gas and electricity supplies.
Site Survey - This is your opportunity for us to check where the building will be sited, while considering drainage, property boundaries, sloping site, access and ground conditions etc. This visit ensures we are considering all the factors that can affect the steel building costs and its long-term use. It will also give you peace of mind that someone with years of experience designing, planning supplying and erecting steel building has reviewed your proposal to understand the true feasibility of the project.
Contact Us To Find Out How Much Your Steel Building Will Cost
Our consultants are here to help and we are a friendly customer led steel building company looking to share our years of experience with you so your project gets off to the best start.
Get in touch with us today by calling 01664 566 119 for a free, no obligation chat about your project.