Looking to build an extension or a workshop in your garden? As well as being stylish, durable and weather-resistant, brick is the best choice for anyone looking for low maintenance building materials. Unless you’re qualified or well-versed with brickwork, we recommend hiring a professional to take on the project. But what is the cost of bricks per 1000?
To help you budget for the job, we’ve put together the following guide to the average UK costs. After familiarising yourself with average costs, use our handy search tool to connect with bricklayers in your area.
Bricklaying rates per 1000 bricks
|Type of brick||Unit||Average cost|
|Common machine-made brick||Per 1000||£200|
|Handmade brick||Per 1000||£400|
|Clay facing brick||Per 1000||£1,200|
|Engineering brick (Class A or B)||Per 1000||£950|
Bricklayer rates will vary depending on location, with prices in London typically skewing higher. They will either quote their day rate or provide a set price for a certain amount – typically per 1,000 bricks, or 10-12 m2. Costs range from £200/1000 at the cheaper end of the spectrum to £400/1000 for glazed bricks.
How much do bricklayers cost?
In good working conditions with no accessibility issues (i.e. the need for scaffolding), the average bricklayer will lay 500 bricks per day. If working on a day rate, most will charge between £150 and £200 per day. To lay 1000 bricks, you should budget at least £400 to account for the time needed to complete the work.
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Factors affecting the cost of bricks
Type of brick
Common bricks are the cheapest, starting at around £200/1000. However, keep in mind that these types of bricks aren’t generally suited for weight-bearing courses.
If you require bricks to build foundations, you’ll need engineering bricks as these are designed to withstand weather damage. Engineering bricks (Class A or B) will cost around £400/1000 bricks.
Depending on the project, you may also require facing bricks to enhance the visual appeal of the building. These can come in a range of colours, textures and materials – factors which will inevitably determine the price-tag. Facing bricks can cost in the range of £400/1000 to £1200/1000. High quality, glazed bricks are generally the most expensive – if you have the budget, however, they can add a glowing finish to complete your aesthetic.
How bricks are produced will play a key role in their total cost. For example, handmade bricks are highly sought after for their visual appeal; they can be crafted to match bricks of a specific period and have a unique appearance.
However, since the manufacturing process requires a specialist craftsman to prepare each brick individually, the cost of bricks per 1000 will be considerably more expensive than those that are mass-produced to the same specification in a factory. Machine-made bricks usually cost in the region of £400/1000.
Supply and demand
In many cases, bricklaying rates per 1000 will be determined by supply and demand. Since the UK has been experiencing a brick shortage, the cost of bricks has seen a recent increase due to the limited supply.
Bricklaying cost checklist
- The average cost per 1000 bricks is £400.
- Factors such as type of brick, location, supply and demand and manufacturing process will influence the cost.
- Bricklayers charge an average day rate of £150-£200.
- Always make sure to provide specifics to a tradesperson when seeking a quote to avoid incurring additional fees.
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