Our Process

It is important to do a site visit before finalising any pricing for commercial or industrial fencing. It is relatively simple to give a broad ballpark figure, but a site visit is required for an accurate quote. Often fencing installation is subject to re-measure and incorrect pricing often drives installation costs up. Safe Fence can give the customer a price, although additional costs incurred such as re-measuring or halting work due to site circumstance will be added to the final price.


Location matters – the installation of palisade fencing will be cheaper in Manchester than central London. Factors include labour costs, travel times and other associated costs such as nightly accommodation.

Ground Conditions

Grounding has a large impact on the costing. A soft dig (e.g. turf, clay) is cheaper than a hard dig (e.g. concrete, stone). The labour intensity of hard dig fencing also often comes with added precautions needing to be taken if there is potential for underground services. All of our installation teams use non-conductive equipment in areas where there is potential for underground services. The main contractor should provide information on the type of grounding being worked on and the fence line where the permanent is going to be installed is commonly CAT scanned.

Layout and Readiness of Site

if the layout of the site means that the fence line has to go across or up steep embankments, around difficult corners or areas with limited access, this needs to be priced into the installation time. Also, if there is shrubbery, trees or an old existing fence line that needs removing, the price of the installation will increase. Safe Fence On-Site Support can easily price in other works in order to prepare the fence line ahead of installation.

Type of Fencing

A 3.0m high palisade fence will be much more expensive to install than a 1.8m Safe Mesh fence. This is because firstly the post centres on palisade fencing are traditionally 2.75m, whereas they are 3.03m for Safe Mesh. This means over a 100m run you would have to dig 36 palisade posts, whereas you will only need 33 Safe Mesh posts. 

Furthermore once the posts are installed, palisade fencing requires rails to be attached to the posts. Normally 17 pales are to be fitted to these rails between each set of posts, with 34 fixings. Safe Mesh is comparatively much quicker to install, with only 4 clips per post connecting the pre-fabricated 3.0m Mesh fence panels onto the face of the posts at each end. The more complex the style of fencing, the more costly the installation will prove to be.

Accessibility to Site and Other Works

Often on active sites with lots of moving parts, the fencing installation has to work around other projects such as demolition, landscaping or building. It is important to consider the costing delays incurred due to this. It also greatly affects the time taken to install the fencing depending on access to materials and machinery on site which can help to move material to the required locations.