This article is all about everything you ever need to know about bricklayers
Bricklayers are responsible for install all of the brickwork and blockwork to a construction site.
You can become a qualified bricklayer by completing an apprenticeship in bricklaying or a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 in bricklaying.
This will allow you to obtain a blue skilled worker CSCS card.
Here are some of the courses you can complete:
Remember that a lot of the courses in brickwork won’t let you become qualified, its only Level 2 NVQ qualifications will get you to being a qualified bricklayer.
A bricklayer usually works on their own with a labourer to help mix the mortar and move the bricks and blocks to within easy reach of their work.
A good budget to lay bricks is £1 per brick. There are about 60 bricks in 1m2 so the bricklayer will cost £60 per m2.
A good rate for building a brick and block cavity wall is £370 per m2.
This includes the following:
External walls in just solid blockwork will cost £125 per m2.
You should allow £400 to supply and install a lintel (such as a catnic lintel) over any door or window openings.
Remember, please do not rely on these budget costs. They are just an indication. If you want firm costs then you have do the research and contact local businesses or hire a quantity surveyor like Stravelles to advise.
In quantity surveying you ‘take-off’ or measure/extract quantities from drawings so that accurate budgets can be created and so that contractors can all price the same quantity of work.
The most efficient way of measuring brickwork and blockwork is to read the drawings and prepare a take off list.
This take-off list should include:
The quantity surveyor measures the various categories of brick and block walling separately.