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18 JUN 2019

BCIS Analysis of the Month: Locks Heath Free Church

The BCIS Online featured project for July 2019, submitted by KSP Consultancy, is the new-build Locks Heath Free Church and the reconfiguration and refurbishment of the existing church for the combined cost of £4m, located in Hampshire. Both buildings will be linked via a walkway at ground and first floor levels.

The church expansion was necessary due to increased church membership and attendances to the Sunday congregation, which far exceeded the seating capacity available in the existing church. This is in contrast to the general findings of a report published in November 2018 by the Church of England, called Statistics for Mission, which found that attendances at church services had gradually fallen by between 10-20% from 2007 to 2017.

The construction works were funded from a number of sources including donations, the sale of a church property, fund raising activities and grants.

The project was procured as a design and build using the JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 based on a phased contract period of 72 weeks.


The 1- and 2-storey church provides:

  • double ceiling height entrance foyer and 500Nr seat auditorium with sanctuary, activity/sports hall, cafe/lounge, vestry, WCs and stores to ground floor, and
  • 3Nr minister's rooms, youth leader and children's team leader rooms, social hub, administration, quiet and plant rooms, to first floor.

The building cost at £1,863/m2 (1Q2018), compares with the average of £2,855/m2 for 33 church projects on the same basis on the BCIS Online database. The functional unit rate equates to £6,211 per person.

Substructure, at £162/m2 includes:

  • concrete strip and isolated pad foundations, precast beam and block floor slab, including gas resistant membrane overlay.

Superstructure, at £870/m2 includes:

  • steel frame
  • concrete on metal deck upper floor
  • flat and pitched metal deck roofs with acoustic membrane, insulation and Sarnafil single ply membrane finish and reinforced concrete slab on structural metal deck with Sarnafil single ply membrane finish
  • glazed rooflight
  • PCC stairs and roof access ladder
  • combination of facing brick and block cavity walls, rendered block cavity wall, Module Trimo 'Qbiss Lite' and Planar 'Genius Planar' cladding system, including secondary support stud framework with cement particle board inner skin, galvanised steel fire exit external staircase
  • PPC aluminium double-glazed windows and steel personnel doors
  • block partitions, cubicles and balcony balustrading to lighting and camera platforms
  • solid core oak veneer timber doors.

Finishes, at £247/m2 include:

  • plasterboard, skim, emulsion, plaster, acoustic panelling and feature oak slatted wall finishes
  • reinforced screed, carpet tiles, vinyl sheet and parquet sports flooring
  • plasterboard, skim, emulsion and Armstrong Dune Ecophon suspended ceilings and paint to exposed roof level structural steel.

Fittings and furnishings, at £64/m2 include:

  • cafe servery fit-out including worktop, fittings and appliances, tea-making facility, precast concrete tiered seating terraces and steps, raised timber platform forming stage including timber stairs and ramp to stage wing corridor, blinds, signage, hat and coat hooks.

Services, at £520/m2 include:

  • sanitaryware
  • gas boiler radiator and underfloor heating, VRF cooling system
  •  ventilation
  • power and lighting including photovoltaics
  • access control
  • AV
  • PA
  • data
  • disabled, fire and intruder alarms
  • building management system.

Church reconfiguration and refurbishment

The refurbishment and reconfiguration of the existing 2-storey church provides a 180Nr seat auditorium, multi-use rooms, pre-school area and a youth suite at a building cost of £335/m2 (1Q2018).

Substructure, at £7/m2 includes:

  • cutting out and adapting existing precast beam and block floor. 

Superstructure, at £97/m2 includes:

  • mezzanine floor comprising structural metal frame with suspended timber floor
  • increasing the size of openings to external walls
  • stripping out internal walls and partitions, forming openings to internal masonry walls for internal doors, infilling of internal openings, new block and metal stud partitions, internal glazed windows, screens and cubicles
  • stripping out doors and replacement timber doors including ironmongery.

Finishes, at £71/m2 include:

  • plaster to new and existing masonry walls; PVC and ceramic tile splashbacks; emulsion paint and acoustic treatment works
  • carpet tiles, vinyl sheeting, Karndean to mezzanine floor, barrier matting including skirtings
  • Gypsum Fireline plasterboard to underside of mezzanine floor, suspended and plasterboard, skim and emulsion ceilings.

Fittings and furnishings, at £11/m2 include:

  • bespoke quartz cafe worktop
  • signage
  • shelving.

Services, at £149/m2 include:

  • replacement sanitaryware
  • replacement space heating
  • electrical re-wiring
  • fire and intruder alarm modifications, audio visual system, structured voice and data cabling.

External and facilitating works at a cost of £432,975 include:

  • site clearance, 152Nr space car park, paving, landscaping, fencing, drainage, services and asbestos removal.

The £/m2 figures include preliminaries at 18.56% and overheads and profit at 7.15%.

BCIS would like to thank KSP Consultancy for providing the data and all those who have submitted projects to be published online. Cost analyses are available as part of the BCIS Online service.

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Each analysis is cross-referenced to the other analyses in the contract, which allows BCIS to capture separate analyses, £/m² rates and functional unit rates appropriate to each building, e.g. number of vehicle spaces. The functional unit rate is the total cost of the building excluding external works, with preliminaries apportioned by value and divided by the appropriate functional unit.

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