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17 APR 2019

BCIS Analysis of the Month: Grade II Listed Magistrates Court conversion

The BCIS Online featured project for May 2019, submitted by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, is the recently completed (January 2019) £1.7m conversion, reconfiguration and refurbishment of Port Talbot's neo-Georgian style Grade II Listed former Magistrates' Court building to offices.

It is intended that the project will support the on-going regeneration of Port Talbot's town centre and its surrounding areas. Funding of £1,532,300 for the project came from the European Regional Development Fund and through the Welsh government's Building for the Future Programme.

It was recently confirmed that the building will be called The Terminus.

The 2 storey 973m2 building provides a high specification, modern office space with associated meeting and training rooms supported with ultra-fast broadband connectivity to attract hi-tech focused companies.

The building cost at £1,452/m2 (2Q2018), compares with the average of £973/m2 for 107 office refurbishment projects on the same basis on the BCIS Online database. The higher cost is attributed to maintaining the building's Grade II Listed features, the scope of the refurbishment and the high specification internal fit-out.

Superstructure, at £584/m2 includes:

  • glazed enclosed fire escape staircase extension
  • re-roofing
  • staircase balustrading
  • external stone façade and facing brick repairs
  • replacement double-glazed aluminium windows
  • metal stud and glazed screens and
  • timber and glazed doors.

Finishes, at £192/m2 include:

  • walls: plaster, plasterboard, emulsion and Whiterock
  • floors: raised access floors, ceramic tiles, carpet and vinyl sheet and
  • ceilings: suspended ceilings.

Fittings and furnishings, at £29/m2 include:

  • kitchen units and blinds.

Services, at £647/m2 include:

  • sanitaryware
  • heating and air-conditioning
  • power and lighting including emergency lighting
  • passenger lift refurbishment
  • access control
  • audio visual (AV)
  • fire and intruder alarms and
  • building management system.

The £/m2 figures include preliminaries at 8% of the remainder of the contract sum excluding contingencies and fees.

The project was procured with a bill of quantities (BOQ) using the NEC3 ECC (Option A) over a 33-week contract period.

BCIS would like to thank by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council for providing the data and everyone who submits projects to be published online.

Cost analyses are available as part of the BCIS Online service.

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