Cost to Build a Garden Wall

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Garden Wall

We contacted dozens of landscape gardeners and brick layers and asked them to provide us with two quotes for building a garden wall as described below:

Quote 1 – A single skin garden wall to the front of the property, 1 metre high and 4 metres long, complete with new footings and concrete copings.

Quote 2 – A double skin wall, 1 metre high and also 4 metres long and complete with new footing/foundations and concrete copings.

What We Will Get For Our Money

We received dozens of written quotes from our chosen contractors and while there was some differences between them, most were for the following:

  • Removal of existing fence panels.
  • Preparation of ground work, including digging a trench to between 200mm and 300mm.
  • Supply of all materials, that’s bricks, sand/cement and concrete copings.
  • Laying of footings (foundations) and the bricks for the wall.
  • Removal and disposal of all waste material.
  • There will be one supporting pier in the centre of the wall and two solid end piers.

Variations in Cost

When we gathered our data we noticed a huge difference in price between those based in London and those further afield.

We all know that everything costs more in London but even we were surprised by the difference in costs for building a garden wall.

How Long to Build a Wall?

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

The first day is for digging out the trench and laying the 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.

We assume that there are two workers on the job, a brickie and his/her labourer.

Garden Wall Costs

The tables below show an average price for the work we wanted doing:

Quote 1 single skinned wall 4metres x 1metre:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£800.00£1000.00
South, SW and Midlands£750.00£950.00
Outer Region and North£650.00£800.00

Quote 2 double skinned wall 4metres x 1metre:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£950.00£1100.00
South, SW and Midlands£950.00£1100.00
Outer Region and North£850.00£900.00

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Rough Guide to Pricing

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.

Factors That Can Increase the Cost

If the wall is straight then it’s a simple job for any competent brickie. If the wall is curved or has an unusual shape then this will cost more and a higher skill level is required.

Our quotes were for a wall at the front of the property so there is “ease of access”. That means bricks and other  material doesn’t have to be carried into a rear garden, this could have added several hours to the job. If the property has terrible access issues, for example if all the materials have to be carted through a house (perhaps a terraced property) then this will add extra cost as well.

Choose Your Bricks Carefully

There are several different types of bricks to choose from, make sure you pick the best ones for the job at hand. If you are building a garage, you only need to the outside of the bricks to look pretty. If you are building a garden wall 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.

Facing Bricks – These bricks only have one pretty side, the other side is rough and unattractive, they are perfect for walls with a cavity as the rough side always faces inwards. They are not so good 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 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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4 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 #


  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
    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.

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