Cost to Build a Garden Wall

Are you thinking about building a brick wall in your garden?

You can use our guide on this page to get a handle on prices, explore our pro tips and we can also help you get a competitive quote.

Our Wall Prices

Back in 2016 and again in 2018, we contacted dozens of brickies and landscape gardeners from several locations around the UK.

We asked each of them to provide us with a written price to construct a brick wall in our garden, we wanted to replace our rickety, flimsy old fence with something more sturdy.

We requested two different quotes:

Quote 1 – this price is for a single-skin garden brick wall to the front of the property, 1 metre high and 4 metres long, the foundations will also be included in the price.

Quote 2 – this project is for a more sturdy wall – a double-skin brick wall, 1 metre high and also 4 metres long and complete with new footing/foundations and concrete copings on the top.

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What Do We Get For Our Money?

While each of our chosen contractors provided us with different quotes and estimates, most contained a works schedule or a list of materials and the services that would be included in the figure.

Several of them created a basic drawing showing where the supporting piers would be located.

Here is a breakdown of the work we wanted doing, everything listed here is included in the prices displayed on this page:

  • Remove the existing fence panels and posts.
  • Prepare the ground and dig the footings.
  • Supply of all materials, including bricks, sand, cement and concrete copings.
  • Dig out all footings (foundations) and fill with concrete to the required depth.
  • Lay bricks and coping stones above the top course.
  • Removal and disposal of all waste material.

Garden Wall Cost Guide

We’ve compiled our data into two tables, each figure is an average of the prices we received:

Project 1 – single skinned wall 4metres x 1metre:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£1050.00£1300.00
South, SW and Midlands£875.00N/A
Outer Region and North£800.00N/A

Project 2 – double skinned wall 4metres x 1metre:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£1300.00£1500.00
South, SW and Midlands£1150.00N/A
Outer Region and North£1000.00N/A




Rough Guide to Pricing – How to Estimate The Cost of Your Garden Wall Build:

Upon examining the data we noticed that most brickies charge between £200 – £300 per day for a team of two people.

This figure excludes the cost of the materials, so to get a rough idea of how much the work costs you just need to work out how much sand, cement and bricks are needed.

Fortunately, there are several calculators you can use online to do this:

Brick and materials calculator per square metre

Jewsons brick calculator

Source 4 Me brick, sand an cement calculator

Once you’ve figured out how many bricks and other materials you need (which can be priced via one of the many websites online),  you then just need to add any extra costs such as waste disposal, sundries and of course some overheads and profit margins you expect the tradespeople to charge.

Variations in Cost

When sourcing our quotes, we noticed a significant difference between the prices from tradespeople based in London and those located further afield.

We know from experience that in general, home and garden improvement projects cost more in London, but even we were surprised by the differences in the prices we were given.

Upon examining the data we noticed that most brickies charge between £200 – £300 per day for two people, including sand/cement but excluding the bricks and waste disposal. The larger companies charge more per day and those in London were also slightly higher.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Wall Like This?

We asked our tradespeople how long they thought the project would take them to complete.

We were told us that the work will take between 2 – 3 days to completely build a new garden wall.

The first day is spent removing the old fence and posts, digging out the trench and laying the concrete footings.

Day 2 is when most of the actual brick-laying will take place.

The work may continue into day 3 if the wall is double skinned.

Obviously, how long the work takes will depend on how many workers are on the project, most brickies and landscape gardeners tend to work in teams of two.

Consider This

If you want the new wall to be straight then this is the easiest type of project and any competent brickie should be able to complete a task like this.

If the wall is curved or has an unusual shape or design, then expect the work to take longer, cost more and involve a higher degree of intricate skilled work.

The prices displayed on this page are for two walls, both straight and simple.

The garden can also be accessed easily and isn’t too far away from the road. These are all things that could potentially increase the cost of the project.

Choose Your Bricks Carefully

There are many different types of bricks to choose from.

If you are building a garage, you only need to the outside of the bricks to look pretty. If you want a garden wall constructed, however, you may want both sides to look neat.

The cost of the bricks can have a huge effect on the total cost of the garden wall so choose them carefully.

Facing Bricks – These bricks only have one smooth finished side, the other side is rough and unattractive, they are perfect for walls with a cavity as the rough side always faces inwards. They aren’t ideal for single skinned garden walls, unless you lay them with the rough side facing your neighbour’s garden.

Wirecut Bricks – These are cut using a wire and are mass produced, they are the cheapest brick you can buy with an acceptable face.

Commons – These are also mass produced but are rough and unattractive on all sides. They not usually used on walls that are meant to be seen.

Engineering Bricks – These are one of the toughest bricks available, they are often used below ground level as they are frost proof. They can be used to form a retaining wall and are one of the most expensive bricks you can buy.

Reclaimed, Hand Made and Non-standard Bricks – These all cost more than standard mass-produced bricks, reclaimed bricks have to be manually checked and handled so cost considerably more.

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5 Responses to “Cost to Build a Garden Wall”

  1. Andy MeekMay 31, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    Can you please make it clear if the prices you are giving are with or without VAT? Thanks.

    • Harry StaniforthAugust 31, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

      without

  2. Stephen CurtisSeptember 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    Looking at your price for a single skin garden wall seem to be so far out I have sat down and worked the following
    Materials
    Allowing an average cost for a brick 57 pence each = £336.73
    Small skip at £110.00 each
    That leaves £203.27
    For between 2 to 3 days work

  3. ArthurNovember 3, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    Guys you’ve got those prices totally wrong! I can kind of agree with the cost of building a single wall however it doesn’t leave much place for a profit if you deduct the cost of materials and waste disposal. But the double wall is a total disaster. It practically needs double amount of materials and twice as much labour and it is only estimated for a £100 more or even the same price. You have either taken those numbers from air or those companies are going to bust shortly. I’ve prepared a quote for the double wall myself. Despite the fact that I was trying to be as cheap as possible and we are north based medium size company, this is still £1150 + vat for the same 4m x 1m double wall.

  4. LHHOctober 2, 2017 at 9:02 am #

    Which type of bricks were used in your quote. As you say there are many different ones

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