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Hot rates: Common work items
ItemUnitKeen (£)Typical (£)
Excavate trench not exceeding 2 m deepm37.258.50
Excavate pit not exceeding 2 m deepm37.008.00
Remove excavated material from sitem313.8015.70
Granular filling DOT type 2 not exceeding 250 mm thickm320.5023.80
Insitu concrete/precast concrete   
Plain concrete (GEN 3) in foundationsm375.0077.00
Reinforced concrete (C20 – 20 mm agg) in beds not exceeding 150 mm thickm377.5080.50
High yield bar reinforcement, 16 mm diametert540.00560.00
Half brick thick wall in common bricksm235.0036.50
Medium density precast concrete blocks, 100 mmm218.0019.00
Medium density precast concrete blocks, 140 mmm225.0026.00
Fabricated universal beams (40-100 kg/m) (excluding erection)t550.00700.00
Fabricated universal columns (40-100 kg/m) (excluding erection)t630.00735.00
Bolted fittingst600.001030.00
Permanent erection on sitet135.00160.00
50 × 100 treated sawn softwood floor members m2.502.80
Surface finishes   
13 mm Thistle Hardwall and Multi-finish plasterm28.009.00
One mist and two coats of emulsion to plaster wallsm22.502.65
Disposal systems   
Vitrified clay drainage pipes, 100 mm diameterm5.255.50
Vitrified clay drainage pipes, 150 mm diameterm9.009.75
Building costs: Price changes
 Price movement % since spring 2001
Concrete blocks+2
Cavity wall insulation+5
Structural steelwork+2
Clay roof tiles+6
Tanking and damp proofing-2
Joinery items+4
Plasterboards +3
Steel shelving +7
Brick paviors+4
Aluminium pipes and fittings +3
Cast iron pipes and fittings+4
Copper tubes and fittings-6
Electrical wires and cables-2
Building costs: Materials prices
Key indicators% change since May 2001 (05/01 to 01/02) % change over last 12 months (01/01 to 01/02)
Retail prices index  
Headline rate -0.5 +1.3
All items excluding mortgage interest payments – government’s target index+0.2 +2.6
All items excluding mortgage interest payments and indirect taxes +1.3 +3.0
Industry generally  
Materials and fuels purchased by manufacturing industry -7.6 -6.3
of which materials -9.6
fuel +8.8
Materials and fuels purchased by manufacturing industry, excluding food, beverages, tobacco and petroleum industries -2.4 -4.1
Output prices of manufactured products -0.9 -0.5
Output prices of manufactured products, excluding food, beverages, tobacco and petroleum -0.1 +0.1
Construction industry  
Construction materials -0.3+0.7
Housebuilding materials -0.2+1.0
Machinery and equipment (UK manufacture) +0.3+1.1
Electrical machinery and apparatus (UK manufacture) +0.2+0.8
source: Office for National Statistics (Jan 2002 figures provisional)
Notes: The ONS category of “machinery and equipment” includes mechanical engineering items such as pumps, taps, valves, lifts, cooling and ventilation equipment. “Electrical machinery and apparatus” includes electrical engineering materials such as electricity distribution and control apparatus, wires and cables and lighting equipment.
New hourly rates of pay for electricians and plumbers
Rates for the principal grades, effective from 7 January 2002 to 5 January 2003, are as follows:
Shop rate £/hourTravel rate £/hour
Approved electrician8.639.82
Plumbers: Scotland and Northern Ireland  
Rates of wages for plumbers and gas service operatives in Scotland and Northern Ireland will rise 7% from 8 April 2002:
Rate per hour (£) 
Technician plumber and gas service technician9.37 
Advanced plumber and gas service engineer8.40 
Plumber and gas service fitter7.51 
Plumbing labourer6.62 
Wage rates will rise by a further 7% on 28 October 2002 as the third part (of four) of a two-year deal, raising rates by 29% over 24 months.
Wage agreement summary
The following table summarises the wage agreements currently in force for the principal wage fixing bodies within the construction industry
OperativesAgreement bodyWage rates effective sinceDetails inDate of next review
Builders and civil
engineering operatives
Construction Industry Joint Council25 June 2001Cost update 1 June 2001
Spon’s Architects’ and Builders’ Price Book 2002
(third part of three-year agreement)
Building & Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council11 June 2001Cost update 1 June 2001
Spon’s Architects’ and Builders’ Price Book 2002
10 June 2002
PlumbersThe Joint Industry Board for Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services in England and Wales3 September 2001Cost update 31 August 20012 December 2002
(second part of two-year agreement)
Scottish and Northern Ireland Joint Industry Board for the Plumbing Industry3 September 2001Cost update 31 August 20018 April 2002
(second part of two-year agreement) See below
Heating and ventilation operativesJoint Conciliation Committee of the Heating, Ventilating and Domestic Engineering Industry3 September 2001Cost update 31 August 2001
Spon’s Mechanical and Electrical Services Price Book 2002
7 October 2002
(third part of three-year agreement)
ElectriciansThe Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry 7 January 2002Cost update 9 November 20016 January 2003
(second part of three-year agreement)
Scottish Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry7 January 2002See above06-Jan-03
(2nd part of 3 year agreement)
Regional variations
% variation from outer LondonForecast first quarter 2002 tender price index Adjustment to Spon’s major works section
Outer London0393 %+1
Inner London+9428+10
East Anglia-12346-11
East Midlands-16330-15
Northern Ireland-39240-38
West Midlands-16330-15
% Midpoint of forecast range from the Tender price forecast, published 25 January 2002
The figures represent broad averages for the regions. Differences will occur within regions and further adjustments will be needed for city centre or isolated locations.