SCSI Report on Construction Costs for the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme
Defective Concrete Block Scheme – Average Rebuilding Rates for Northwest Region February 2023
The SCSI has completed an update of the average rebuilding rates for the house types included within the Terms of Reference for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) Report on Construction Costs for the Defective Concrete Block Scheme for the North West Region. The average rates are informed by Chartered Quantity Surveyors operating within the North West region. The methodology and analysis are consistent with our Report on Construction Costs for the Defective Concrete Block Scheme February 2022 (also available on this page).
It must be noted that due to the multiplicity of house designs, sizes, choice of building materials, site typology/ground conditions, building finish quality and specification, to name but a few, there can be significant variances within construction costs. Construction costs will vary based on geographic location, availability of labour and materials and the competitive tender process. Therefore, the SCSI average rebuilding rates are based upon approximate house sizes specified within the Terms of Reference using non-complex house design plans sourced from Chartered Surveyors and built to basic specifications.
The average rebuild costs are produced within the parameters of the defective concrete block scheme; therefore, we have provided construction costs for rebuilding homes at February 2023 material and labour rates, but at pre-2008 Building Regulations. While the parameters of the scheme are outside the scope of the SCSI’s cost report, it remains the position of the SCSI that best practice is to build to current regulations or to exceed current regulations.
The February 2023 average rebuild costs for the North West can be found in the above table.
The SCSI thanks the volunteer Chartered Quantity Surveyors who both contributed and collated the updated figures.
Research Brief: Key Information about the Report
In recognition of construction cost expertise and independence of the SCSI, the Society was asked by the DHLGH to provide construction cost information for the Government’s Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme.
SCSI agreed to produce an independent, standalone construction cost report for the demolition and rebuilding of homes affected by defective concrete blocks (option 1), and to propose a cost methodology for the partial remediation (options 2-5)
The report is based on the parameters of the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme as announced on November 30, 2021.
SCSI has no role in setting the parameters of the scheme (e.g., which building regulations apply, exclusion of foundations, etc.) and has no role in the setting of the grant.
The SCSI has received no payment for this work, which has been undertaken in the public interest.
The SCSI acknowledges contribution of all stakeholders that provided valuable information regarding the costs and practical considerations for the rebuild and remediation of homes affected by defective concrete blocks in the North West region, including the Mica Action Group, the DHLGH, and local authorities.
The SCSI extends our thanks to the Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Building Surveyor members who contributed to this report for applying their expertise, and we acknowledge the considerable efforts of the SCSI Defective Concrete Block Working Group for detailed analysis