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17 JAN 2019

Running costs of industrial buildings

The average annual running cost of industrial buildings is in the region of £57 per m2 of gross internal floor area, according to the latest Occupancy cost plan published by BCIS.

The running costs of this type of building can vary significantly depending on a variety of factors such as hours and intensity of use, size of scheme, complexity of specialist services installations, type of heating and the number of units.

The BCIS figures provide a benchmark based on Occupancy cost plans for a single block of four industrial units and a set of three buildings comprising a total of 22 units. The Occupancy cost plans are detailed cost in use calculations based on estimated running costs for actual projects over 20 years.

The running costs are the costs-in-use built up from five cost categories covering maintenance, decoration, cleaning, energy and other utilities. The pie chart below shows the average figures for the two models after 20 years.

Industrial buildings average costs-in-use over 20 years - (maintenance, decoration, cleaning, energy other utilities)

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Industrial buildings average costs-in-use over 20 years

Example 1 is a single storey block comprising 4 industrial units, with a gross internal floor area of 451m2. Example 2 comprised 3 blocks with a total of 22 industrial units and a gross internal floor area of 2,478m2. The primary reason for Example 1 being significantly more expensive is that each block contains just one unit, whereas in Example 2 each block provides shared specialist installations for several units.

Estimated average running costs £/100m2 gross internal floor area

 

BCIS sources - Occupancy cost plans

 

Example 1

Example 2

Cost centre

 

 

Decoration

393

285

Fabric maintenance

773

396

Services maintenance

3937

1109

Total maintenance costs

5103

1790

Cleaning

1804

1281

Utilities

759

759

Total running costs

7666

3830

The Occupancy cost plan for industrial buildings is a hard copy publication available as a single purchase, or as part of BCIS Building Running Costs Online.