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Stud Wall Partition Cost & Prices 2023

Stud walls are useful when you want to add an extra room and help give shape to a building.

A stud wall comprises a frame of timber or metal studs secured to the floor, ceiling and walls, which is then covered with plasterboard.

This article will cover the sorts of costs you can expect to pay for a stud wall partition as well as other factors which may affect the price.

Cost per m²

Below is a breakdown of the costs that make up a timber wall stud partition.

ItemCost per m² LabourCost per m² MaterialsTotal Cost Per m²
Timber Studs - including vertical studs, head and sole plates£26£16£42
Timber Battens / Noggins (if required)£3£3£6
Rockwool Insulation - 50mm thick£2£4£6
Plasterboard to both sides; skimmed£14£5£19

You can then add on the external cladding to get a total cost per m².

ItemLabour Cost per m²Material Cost per m²Total Cost Per m²
Moisture Resistant / Soundbloc Plasterboard (in lieu of Plasterboard)£14£7£21
Slab Insulation (in lieu of rockwool)£2£12£14
Plywood to both sides£24£23£47

Factors Affecting the Cost

  1. Size of the building. The greater the quantity of timber stud partitions required, the lower the cost per m²
  2. Specification of the system used. Type of boarding selected, type of insulation selected etc, if plywood is required etc.
  3. The thickness of the structure – 50mm thick studs are going to be cheaper than 100mm thick studs etc.
  4. The centres at which studs are placed. If studs are placed at 400mm centres there is more cost than at 600mm centres as there is more timber used.
  5. Location. The prices quoted in the table above apply for the South East or Outer London area. The adjustments below can be used to calculate costs in your area.

Region% Adjustment
South East (Southampton, Oxford, Kent, Outer London)0
Inner London+4%
South West (Bristol, Exeter)-4%
West Midlands (Birmingham)-10%
East Midlands (Northampton, Nottingham, Leicester)-10%
East Anglia (Cambridge, Norwich, Ipswich)-5%
North West (Liverpool, Manchester)-12%
Yorkshire and Humberside (Leeds, Sheffield)-11%
North East (Newcastle, Sunderland)-10%
Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow)-6%
Wales (Cardiff, Swansea)-9%
Northern Ireland (Belfast)-12%

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About the Author

Alex Johnson is a qualified quantity surveyor and writer with a passion for conducting original research and uncovering the true cost of jobs. His cost data has been referenced by EDF Energy and the Scottish Government.