The Differences Between Industrial And Residential Projects

Project briefs can be hugely similar which gives the impression that the project overall will be similar too. But, this is not the case and especially not when it comes to comparing industrial and residential projects. We’ve highlighted the difference between the two to help you gain a better understanding.


One of the main differences between the two is the type of customers they draw in, the type of customer will massively impact the process. Industrial projects tend to draw in owners of hospitality, offices, shops, accommodation, and general business owners. This means that they will have several priorities in mind, such as their employees, their customers, their regulations, and their brand image which a residential customer would not have. As a result of this, there is a lot more to consider making the overall process more complex and prolonged.


With both industrial and residential projects, permission is required but the difference between the two is that one requires more levels of permission. The most you might need with regards to a residential customer is planning permission and an outline of the government regulations. However, with industrial projects there are multiple stages you must go through to gain permission. This is because they must make sure they’re in line with government regulations, their company’s regulations, health and safety guidelines, and more. Again, adding more steps to the process.


Typically, the process of choosing materials lies in the practicality required and the aesthetic desired. As you could imagine a residential client will freely choose what materials they, as an individual prefer, whereas with industrial clients, things such as the materials they select, must be in line with any regulations that the company is liable for. This can lead to an increase in the project’s duration, complexity, and cost.


At the moment all the differences highlighted point toward industrial projects being more timely, costly, and complex, but this isn’t always the case. Residential customers have more freedom as to what they can do which often means they go for a more personalised approach. Whether this is an irregular-shaped foundation layout or an intricate pattern driveway it takes a lot more time to supply, deliver and complete the customer’s vision. Showing us there is a difference between industrial and residential projects.

Hopefully, some of the key differences between the two have been made clearer to you and you can apply this knowledge where necessary. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at with any enquiries you may have big or small and we will get back to you as soon as possible.