Commercial plaza construction cost in Pakistan 2021
Commercial plaza grey structure cost 5 marla frame structure rate in Pakistan
Commercial plaza construction cost
Previously, all articles on the cost by Team Overc’s were applicable on residential construction projects only, however, there was a very popular demand by our followers for commercial plaza construction cost frame structure. Since Team Overc’s already has the firsthand experience of various commercial projects successfully completed in Lahore & Islamabad, hence it is easy for us to guide our followers about the cost of commercial plazas built as a frame structure. However most of the methods of calculating cost might be the same as in our previous articles and videos, there is one significant change in this video where we have also mentioned quantities along with the per sqft costs. Similar to previous residential costing videos, this costing video for the commercial plaza will also be only for grey structures.
Commercial plaza construction can be done by two methods which should be known before going towards the construction cost of the commercial plaza:
Labor contract
A contract in which the owner procures material and supervises labor on a selfhelp basis. A labor contractor is responsible for arranging required labor to carry out construction procedures. Construction cost is this case is all in hands of the owner himself. The final cost of construction will depend upon how well the owner has managed the construction process both in regards to material procurement and labor procurement. In this video, we will discuss the construction cost for this method.
Turnkey contract
This is a method or contract in which the owner hires a professional company on a lump sum or per square foot construction rate for a turnkey solution. The owner does not have to worry about the construction cost as the builder has agreed to provide him with all services within in predefined budget and cost. The owner only has to supervise if the builder is carrying out the work as per the agreement or not. At the end of this video, we will tell you how much a professional company charges for its services and how much per square foot you will have to pay extra than the cost that could have been if you build the commercial plaza yourself.
5 Marla commercial plaza construction cost (125 sq.yd)
Covered area TOTAL 4900 sq.ft including
 Basement 1200 sqft
 Ground floor 1200 sqft
 first floor 1200 sqft
 Second floor 1200 sqft
 Mumtee 100 sqft
Item wise per square foot commercial plaza construction cost :
Bricks 125 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
125 Rs x 4900 sq.ft=612500 Rs
Brick price =11.5 Rs per piece
Quantity =612500/11.5 = 53260 bricks
Crush 131 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
131 Rs x 4900 sq.ft=641900 Rs
Crush price =80 Rs per c.ft
Quantity =641900/80 = 8024 c.ft
Cement 175 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
175 Rs x 4900 sq.ft=857500 Rs
Cement price =500 Rs/50kg bag
Quantity =857500/500 = 1715 bags
Steel 620 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
620 Rs x 4900 sq.ft=3038000 Rs
Steel price =111 Rs/kg or 111000 Rs/ton
Quantity =3038000/111 = 27370 kg or 27.37 tons
Sand 50 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
50 Rs x 4900 sq.ft=245000 Rs
Sand price =30 Rs/c.ft
Quantity =245000/30 = 8166 c.ft
Labor contractor 450 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
450 Rs x 4900 sq.ft = 2205000 Rs
Steel fixer 36 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
36 Rs x 4900 sq.ft = 176400 Rs
Plumbing contractor 18 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
18 Rs x 4900 sq.ft = 88200 Rs
Electric contractor 18 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
18 Rs x 4900 sq.ft = 88200 Rs
POINT TO BE NOTED:
The labor rate considered as 450 in this calculation includes each and everything related to labor & machinery such as masons, helpers, mixing machines, vibrators, scaffolding, shuttering. Since this method of construction is a frame structure, shuttering has a very critical role. Best quality shuttering is done with steel plates of 4ftx8ft palai sheets. In this labor rate we have considered use of both steel plates and palai for shuttering of columns, slabs, basement retailing walls etc. Another critical labor is the steel fixer for which per ton labor rate has been considered at the rate of 6500 Rs. Similarly electrician and plumber rate includes complete work related to electrical and plumbing till grey structure ie conduit in slabs and walls, hot and cold water pipes, drain pipes & main sewerage lines etc
Other items
Excavation 10 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
10 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 49000 Rs
Water proofing 10 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
10 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 49000 Rs
Waterproofing considered in this method is a simple chemical coating of Ultra of Sika any of the brand surface area rate of which is maximum up to 20 rs/sqft. For stronger waterproofing method of basement retaining walls PVC membrane sheets can be used however it will add up to the overall waterproofing cost because it is expensive.
Water stopper 5 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
5 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 24500 Rs
Electricity items 35 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
35 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 171500 Rs
Electric items include complete uPVC conduit (pipes) required in walls, slabs, underground etc. It also includes complete switch boards internal boxes fittings required for standard Chinese fittings. Main DB (Distribution boxes) are also included in these figures for ground and first floor. Electric conduit witnessed a sharp increase in prices in 2019/20 as compared to 2018.
Plumbing items 70 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
70 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 343000 Rs
Plumbing items include complete PPRC pipes and its fittings such as elbows, bends, T’s etc required for water and gas connections. It also includes complete uPVC piping for sewerage and drain systems. It also includes a typical and standard 400 gallons plastic overhead water tank with GI (steel) pipes fitting. Plumbing conduit witnessed a sharp increase in prices in 2019/20 as compared to 2018.
Brick Tile 15 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
15 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 73500 Rs
Brick tile is required during the process of water proofing and finishing the floor of roofs. Brick tile considered in this cost is up to 10 Rs/bricktile.
Guard Salary 16 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
16 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 78400 Rs
Guard salary has been considered on basis of 15000 Rs/month for a tenure of 5 months maximum.
Gravel 20 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
20 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 98000 Rs
Bitumen 5 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
5 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 24500 Rs
Polythene sheet 4 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
4 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 19600 Rs
Mud 4 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
4 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 19600 Rs
Chips Aggregate 5 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
5 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 24500 Rs
Taxes 6 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
6 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 29400 Rs
Electricity bills 5 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
5 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 24500 Rs
Water boring 5 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
5 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 24500 Rs
Anti termite spray 7 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
7 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 34300 Rs
Random expenditures 20 Rs/sq.ft
Calculation:
20 Rs x 4900 sq.ft= 98000 Rs
L et us see what will be the total cost of Grey structure for 5 marlas commercial plaza frame structure method:
Search

S# 
Item 
2020 per sqft cost 
2020 Total approximate cost 
1 
Bricks 
125 
612500 
2 
Crush 
131 
641900 
3 
Cement 
175 
857500 
4 
Steel 
620 
3038000 
5 
Sand 
50 
245000 
6 
Labor cont 
450 
2205000 
7 
Steel fixer 
36 
127400 
8 
Plumbing 
18 
88200 
9 
Electric 
18 
88200 
10 
Electric items 
35 
171500 
11 
Plumbing items 
70 
343000 
12 
Earthfill 
0 
0 
13 
Brick tile 
15 
73500 
14 
Guard Salary 
14 
68600 
15 
Gravel 
20 
98000 
16 
Excavation 
10 
49000 
17 
Bitumen 
5 
24500 
18 
Polythene sheet 
4 
19600 
19 
Mud 
4 
19600 
20 
Chips 
5 
24500 
21 
Taxes 
6 
29400 
22 
Electric bills 
5 
24500 
23 
Boring 
5 
24500 
24 
Anti termite 
7 
34300 
25 
Random 
20 
98000 
26 
Water proofing 
10 
49000 
27 
Water stopper 
5 
24500 

Total 
1865 
9138500 
Disclaimer:
Possible ±5% Variation is possible in the cost shown in the video
Rates applicable on frame structures only in Lahore & Islamabad/Rawalpindi
Skills required to achieve this cost:
Past construction experience
Quality & honest labor
Labor management skills
Quality, timely & costeffective material procurement
Factors such as construction inexperience, unusual
covered areas, frequent wear & tears, fraudulent labor
etc can affect this cost figure
Hire a professional company which will add a figure of 200 Rs/sq.ft
minimum as margin.
Basement grey structure will cost a minimum 2029 Rs/sq.ft
Residential costing Grey structure videos: