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Construction costs

About this data

This construction cost data is derived from an annual survey of real estate projects around the UK. The survey gathers data on market conditions, construction input costs such as labour and materials and the average £/sqft for different residential construction types.

About the £/sqft figures

The £/sqft figures shown here are the average total construction cost per square foot of internal area. The £/sqft includes all labour and material construction costs (including first and second fix). They do not include land purchase, utility connections (if required) or professional fees.

These figures are approximations - the exact £/sqft for any project will depend on the specific site, project details, construction firm used and many other factors.

UK regions

National map of property construction costs in the UK

UK construction costs here are surveyed in six regions.

For the purposes of the survey, Wales in included in the 'Central' UK region.

Property type£/sqft
Individual detached or terrace style house – medium standard190
Individual detached house – prestige332
Townhouses – medium standard275
Apartments low-rise – medium standard249
Apartments high-rise335
Aged care/affordable units204
Labour type£/hour
Group 1 Tradesman e.g. plumber, electrician44
Group 2 Tradesman e.g. carpenter, bricklayer38
Group 3 Tradesman e.g. carpet layer, tiler, plasterer35
General labourer24
Site foreman47
Material£
Concrete 30 MPa (m³)138
Concrete block (400x200) per 10001,128
Standard brick per 1000521
13 mm plasterboard (m²)7
Other costs
Preliminaries14.0%
Contractor's margin4.2%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£1,258
+2.5%in 1 year
+4.6%in 2 years
Property type£/sqft
Individual detached or terrace style house – medium standard141
Individual detached house – prestige240
Townhouses – medium standard199
Apartments low-rise – medium standard193
Apartments high-rise225
Aged care/affordable units173
Labour type£/hour
Group 1 Tradesman e.g. plumber, electrician39
Group 2 Tradesman e.g. carpenter, bricklayer35
Group 3 Tradesman e.g. carpet layer, tiler, plasterer34
General labourer22
Site foreman42
Material£
Concrete 30 MPa (m³)122
Concrete block (400x200) per 1000905
Standard brick per 1000475
13 mm plasterboard (m²)4
Other costs
Preliminaries13.4%
Contractor's margin3.5%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£1,125
+2.5%in 1 year
+4.5%in 2 years
Property type£/sqft
Individual detached or terrace style house – medium standard132
Individual detached house – prestige167
Townhouses – medium standard147
Apartments low-rise – medium standard164
Apartments high-rise207
Aged care/affordable units157
Labour type£/hour
Group 1 Tradesman e.g. plumber, electrician35
Group 2 Tradesman e.g. carpenter, bricklayer27
Group 3 Tradesman e.g. carpet layer, tiler, plasterer26
General labourer23
Site foreman35
Material£
Concrete 30 MPa (m³)94
Concrete block (400x200) per 1000800
Standard brick per 1000418
13 mm plasterboard (m²)4
Other costs
Preliminaries8.5%
Contractor's margin5.0%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£936
+2.5%in 1 year
+5.8%in 2 years
Property type£/sqft
Individual detached or terrace style house – medium standard131
Individual detached house – prestige161
Townhouses – medium standard145
Apartments low-rise – medium standard165
Apartments high-rise216
Aged care/affordable units150
Labour type£/hour
Group 1 Tradesman e.g. plumber, electrician35
Group 2 Tradesman e.g. carpenter, bricklayer28
Group 3 Tradesman e.g. carpet layer, tiler, plasterer27
General labourer21
Site foreman35
Material£
Concrete 30 MPa (m³)94
Concrete block (400x200) per 1000825
Standard brick per 1000462
13 mm plasterboard (m²)4
Other costs
Preliminaries11.6%
Contractor's margin3.9%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£950
+2.1%in 1 year
+4.4%in 2 years
Property type£/sqft
Individual detached or terrace style house – medium standard125
Individual detached house – prestige169
Townhouses – medium standard149
Apartments low-rise – medium standard161
Apartments high-rise210
Aged care/affordable units159
Labour type£/hour
Group 1 Tradesman e.g. plumber, electrician34
Group 2 Tradesman e.g. carpenter, bricklayer29
Group 3 Tradesman e.g. carpet layer, tiler, plasterer26
General labourer22
Site foreman34
Material£
Concrete 30 MPa (m³)97
Concrete block (400x200) per 1000830
Standard brick per 1000395
13 mm plasterboard (m²)4
Other costs
Preliminaries11.0%
Contractor's margin4.5%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£940
+3.1%in 1 year
+5.2%in 2 years
Property type£/sqft
Individual detached or terrace style house – medium standard102
Individual detached house – prestige143
Townhouses – medium standard128
Apartments low-rise – medium standard133
Apartments high-rise173
Aged care/affordable units125
Labour type£/hour
Group 1 Tradesman e.g. plumber, electrician27
Group 2 Tradesman e.g. carpenter, bricklayer23
Group 3 Tradesman e.g. carpet layer, tiler, plasterer20
General labourer16
Site foreman30
Material£
Concrete 30 MPa (m³)70
Concrete block (400x200) per 1000440
Standard brick per 1000380
13 mm plasterboard (m²)4
Other costs
Preliminaries12.5%
Contractor's margin3.0%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£640
+1.5%in 1 year
+2.0%in 2 years
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