BCIS – Building Cost Information Service


BCIS is the Building Cost Information Service of RICS, providing cost and price information to the construction industry

BCIS are the leading provider of cost and price information to the construction industry and anyone else who needs comprehensive, accurate and independent data.

For over 50 years, we have been collecting, collating, analysing, modelling and interpreting cost information.

Today, we make that information easily accessible through our online applications, data licensing and publications. In addition to our information services, we also provide consultancy and research support to clients from both the public and private sector.

Our services, which include measuring price movement, benchmarking, market research, statistical analysis, forecasting, and impact studies, are broken down into the following key areas:


Our construction data is used by consultants, clients and contractors to produce specific estimates for option appraisals, early cost advice, cost planning and benchmarking.

Our historic data goes back 50 years; while our forecasts will help you plan for the next five years.

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Our rebuilding and reinstatement cost data is an essential resource for many surveyors, valuers and insurance professionals, both in setting insurance premiums and calculating depreciated replacement cost valuations.

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Facilities Management

RICS data has long been relied upon to support early life cycle costing and property running costs.

With its user-friendly formats, comprehensive building fabric database and forecasting and trend analysis, we can help maintenance and facilities management professionals produce a sound basis for planning their building operating running costs.

Choose from our new Life Cycle Evaluator to efficiently assess cost, carbon and maintenance schedules at component level, or Building Running Costs Online for viewing operating costs at the building function level.

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Our Infrastructure Information Service can provide you with a single point of online access to costs, trends and benchmark civil engineering data.

This subscription package developed in response to the Government’s strategy and reports from the Treasury’s Infrastructure UK which highlighted several important issues:

  • The need for greater transparency of costs
  • The importance of benchmark data in controlling costs
  • The need for data to provide a high level challenge on new projects
  • Clearer understanding of the cost of the risk of future inflation on long term projects and programmes.

The data is collated from many different sources, and is checked and verified by the team at BCIS, who maintain and operate the service on behalf of RICS.  The subscription service presents you with access to all the infrastructure related indices for use in tracking inflation managing budgets for projects and programmes, allocating responsibility for price inflation on long term contracts.

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Data Services

At the core of our services is our ability and experience in collecting, modelling, analysing and interpreting data.

Bespoke solutions gives you the opportunity to tap into our knowledge and find answers to problems that can’t be resolved through standard information sources.

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