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Typical structural steelwork unit rates per tonne:
Item/descriptionArea Unit rate/tonne
Industrial building (bespoke with little design repetition)London £1800
Distribution/storage building (large span/trusses) London £1550
Retail building (town centre)London £1700
Office building London £1400
Industrial building (bespoke with little design repetition) Regional£1700
Distribution/storage building (large span/trusses) Regional£1400
Retail building (town centre) Regional£1600
Office buildingRegional£1250
Extra over unit rates
The above costs are for structural frames using standard beams and columns. If non-standard sections are selected, the following extra over unit costs may apply:
Circular or rectangular hollow sections£200/tonne
Plate girders £270/tonne
Cellform beams£200/tonne
Top specialist contractors
Companies that handle contracts over £6m
Bourne SteelAll buildings
Cleveland Bridge UKAll buildings, bridges
Fairfield-MabeyAll buildings, bridges
Rowecord EngineeringAll buildings, bridges
Severfield-Reeve StructuresAll buildings
Watson Steel StructuresAll buildings, bridges
William HareAll buildings, bridges
Companies that handle contracts between £3m and £6m
Barrett Steel BuildingsPortal frame
Billington StructuresAll buildings
Elland Steel StructuresPortal frame, medium rise, high rise, stadiums, large industrial
Fisher EngineeringAll buildings
Frank H DalePortal frame, medium rise
James Killelea & CoPortal frame, medium rise, high rise, stadiums, large industrial
John Reid & Sons (Structsteel)All buildings
Robinson ConstructionPortal frame, medium rise, high rise, large industrial
Rowen StructuresAll buildings