Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: Costings

This guide brings together resources specific to students, staff and researchers from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment.

The collection, analysis, publication and retrieval of cost and price information together comprise a very important facet of all sectors of the construction industry. Contractors and surveyors will tend, wherever possible, to use their own generated data in preference to commercially published data, since the former incorporate those factors which are inherent to themselves. Published data will therefore be used for back-up purposes. -(Ashworth and Perera, 2015: 51).


Published data is in the form of building price books of which Laxton's Builder's Price Book was the first. It began to be published annually after 1878. The Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) is able to provide statistical data for the standard regions and sub-regions in the UK.

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