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Indicative rates for high-street retail services refurbishment
Walls and wall finishesunitrange (£)
Plasterboard partition walls65–75
Studwall; board both side95–105
Studwall; board one side65–70
Plasterboard lining, 3000 mm highm50–60
Painting to plasterboard; one mist and two full coats5–12
Painting to perimeter shopfitting; one mist and two full coats15–18
Painting to lift doors coloured45–55
Painting to new and existing wall one mist and two full coats5–12
Painting to single dooritem45–55
Painting to double dooritem70–80
Wall tiles to toilet; “Domus”; size not specified75–85
Wall paper; decorative feature, supply only15–20
Floor finishesunitrange (£)
MDF recessed skirting, fit 15 mm reveal bead tape and joint finishm 26–32
Vinyl tiles; size and thickness not specified22–26
Vinyl skirting; size and thickness not specifiedm12–16
Vinyl tiles with screed35–40
Carpet tiles; size not specified22'26
Ceiling finishesunitrange (£)
Stripping out of existing ceiling tiles8–12
Stripping out of existing plasterboard ceiling14–18
New plasterboard ceiling38–40
Ceiling tiles; 600 mm × 600 mm34–42
Perimeter trim; 19 mm × 32 mmm3–5
Corner beading (no specification)m10–14
New bulkhead (no specification)m115–150
Painting to ceiling; one mist and two full coats8–15
Painting to external ceiling soffit; one mist and two full coats28–32
Replace shopfrontunitrange (£)
Replace glazed shopfront, including two pairs of manual glass doors and granite stall risersm3250–3500
Shopfittingunitrange (£)
Wall panel; 3000 × 1200 mm wide, 600 mm on centresitem200–250
Standard fitting room cubiclesitem900–1200
Till unit item550–600
1800 slab units; 1550 x 1800 mm wide, 600 mm centresitem425–475
Freestanding wall, one panel 2400 × 1200 mm, 600 mm centresitem475–525
Folding tableitem275–325
Glass walls; four-bayitem4750–5250
Glass walls; five-bayitem5750–6250
1700 mm freestanding unititem2700–2900
1700 mm double-sided gondola with shelvingitem1500–1700
Signage unitrange (£)
Externally illuminated built-up letters; 410 mm highset1750–1850
Non–illuminated letters on fascia backgroundpanel; 5600 × 783 mmset1900–2100
Low profile entrance canopy with L-shaped downstand bracket with four downlighters; 5600 mm × 471 mmset6750–7000
Single sided non-illuminated sign; 1000 × 1000 mmset250-350
Low profile entrance canopy with L-shaped downstand bracket with three downlighters; 3700 mm × 471 mmset5600–5800
Single-sided non-illuminated sign panel; 400 x 400 mmset170–190
Single-sided internally illuminated full-length fascia signset3400–3600
Double-sided internally illuminated projecting signset570–620
300 × 300 mm direction arrowitem20–30
400 × 300 mm shopping hoursitem25–35
Escalator information signsitem650–725
Displayunitrange (£)
1200 × 3000 mm vinyl banneritem300–400
Till imagesitem175–225
Back of houseunitrange (£)
Painting of canteen walls 6–8
Carpet to canteen seating area 25–30
Coffee machines to canteenitem 6000–8000
Tables item500
Lockers item800
b - Retail refurbishment M&E services cost breakdown
Indicative rates for high-street retail services refurbishment (excludes back of house and infrastructure)
Mechanical servicesunitrange (£)
Removal of existing ventilation systems5–10
Removal of existing pipework systems (including isolation and making good)5–10
Supply and installation of new servicesunitrange (£)
Supply and extract duct (including grilles and diffusers)40–60
Fan-coil unitsitem700–1200
Distribution pipework 15–20
Drainage from FCUsitem250–300
Refrigeration equipmentunitrange (£)
Comfort cooling (DX units) includes indoor and outdoor units, pipework and so onitem4500–5500
Refrigerated display cases (based on floor area of food hall not store area)300–400
Protective servicesunitrange (£)
New sprinkler installation (excludes plant and risers)25–35
Move sprinkler head locationsitem250–350
Electrical servicesunitrange (£)
Removal of existing electrical services8–12
Luminaires (including lamps) Recessed spot lights (store entrances, till areas)item130–150
Track-mounted spotlights (merchandise displays)item110 -150
Pendant lighting with fluorescent lampsitem400–800
General ambient lighting70–120
Specialist lighting (bespoke light fittings, mainly for wow-factor)item1000–2000
Lighting to display cabinets150–200
Emergency lighting20–25
Small powerunitrange (£)
Alterations to existing power layouts 12–20
New small power installations35–50
Alterations to existing lighting circuits 15 -20
New lighting circuits40–50
Ancillary servicesunitrange (£)
Fire alarms and PA system  
Moving existing FA or PA devicesitem150–200
New fire alarm system6–10
Security systems  
Security systems cabling and containment1–1.50
IT and dataunitrange (£)
Move existing data outlet points (excluding containment)item80–100
Install new data cabling, points, containment (excludes DWC)10–15
c - Cost variations
 Quality level
Elementmedium (£/m²)medium/high (£/m²)high (£/m²)exceptional (£/m²)
Wall finishes82135210
Floor finishes6362170180
Ceiling finishes53377590
Notes: Items above exclude: prelims/overheads (add 18%); general builders work as this too store specific, such as demolitions, partitions etc; contingencies; professional fees etc. Items are based on net sales area
d - Specification variations
 Quality level
Typical specmediummedium/highhighexceptional
Wall finishesPlaster/paintPlaster/marble to liftsPaint/grasspaper/silkTimber panelling
Floor finishesVinyl/carpetVinyl/carpetTimber/marble/carpetCeramic/mosaic
Ceiling finishesPlasterboardSuspended ceilingPlasterboardPlasterboard/cornice/brick arches
ShopfittingLight railsRail, timber perimeterBespoke designBespoke timber and metalwork
SignageVinyl filmingVinyl filmingBespoke featureBespoke store directories