Cost per block1. Builder work to form shafts £ 9,9002. Steelwork, lintels, render etc £ 5,2003. Roof £ 4,0004. Lift Car £30,0005. Power etc £ 4,0006. Prelims £ 8,0007. Contingencies (10% as @ budget stage) £ 6,000sub-total £67,1008. Fees @8.5% £5,700Total £72,800
The costs provided by City Architects are based on tender rates for similar works for recently competitively tendered projects.
These are substantial works including the need for 6.5m high rendered blockwork lift shaft, foundations and pit for the lift motor, the new lift shaft would have a mono pitch timber and single ply membrane roof. Allowances must be made for integration with the existing stairwell and the existing access deck at first floor level. Alterations to the existing access deck would also be required.
Within the cost there is an allowance for a new three phase electrical supply required to power the lift, also links to telephone line and fire detection. An allowance has been made for contractors preliminaries i.e. site set up and ongoing site running costs based on current pricing. An allowance has also been made for contingencies to cover unforeseen costs which is standard estimating procedure. Design fees etc must also be included.
In addition to the installation costs there would be significant ongoing running costs associated with lifts including health and safety monthly maintenance visits, emergency call out response and reactive maintenance.
There is no capital or revenue budget provision for such works. These are significant costs. Given that there is an overall surplus of sheltered accommodation within the City, from which the needs of those requiring sheltered housing can be met, it seems it would be difficult to justify such expenditure.