Friday, 12 December 2014

The price of newt fencing - it's coming down

Unusually in business there is actually a service where prices are falling. The cost of newt fencing has dropped by around 20% in the last 3 years as competition in the market has increased and materials have become cheaper.

The price for installing smaller lengths up to around 300m have stayed pretty static at around £7.00 per metre on a no hassle installation but for larger projects requiring 1000s of metres of fence, prices are now down in the £5.00-£5.50 per metre range for straightforward sites. For the really long projects over 5km you can reduce this further. There are some projects that involve fencing over tough ground or in difficult conditions that will add to the price, but surveyors, ecologists and developers can use these figures as a basis for costing projects confident that there will be an experienced contractor in their area willing to match them.

Another way clients are saving money is through not over specifying on the materials to be used. For short term installation, the standard plastic sheet is fine and does the job very well. What is the point in installing thick panels, which use 10x the material to manufacture, if the fence is to be in the ground for a limited period? You may have to allow a little more for maintenance on exposed sites but this is more than outweighed by the initial material costs.
There are also intermediate “semi-permanent” systems that can be used in exposed areas or on sites liable to vandalism. These are far more cost effective than the short term installation of permanent products.

If you are still being quoted “silly money” for your newt and reptile fencing, please get in touch with us at JPR Environmental and we will be happy to quote a sensible price.
As an ISO 9001 & 14001 accredited company you can be confident that JPR fence installations will be of high quality and will protect your site from re-incursion by European protected species.

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