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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 headline £/sqft figures shown 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) and contractor's margin and preliminaries. They do not include: land purchase costs, utility works, groundworks, site works, client direct costs and professional services 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.

£190/sqft

House
medium standard

£332/sqft

House
prestige

£249/sqft

Flats
medium standard
+2.5%in 1 year
+4.6%in 2 years
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
Other costs
Preliminaries14.0%
Contractor's margin4.2%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£1,258

£141/sqft

House
medium standard

£240/sqft

House
prestige

£193/sqft

Flats
medium standard
+2.5%in 1 year
+4.5%in 2 years
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
Other costs
Preliminaries13.4%
Contractor's margin3.5%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£1,125

£132/sqft

House
medium standard

£167/sqft

House
prestige

£164/sqft

Flats
medium standard
+2.5%in 1 year
+5.8%in 2 years
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
Other costs
Preliminaries8.5%
Contractor's margin5.0%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£936

£131/sqft

House
medium standard

£161/sqft

House
prestige

£165/sqft

Flats
medium standard
+2.1%in 1 year
+4.4%in 2 years
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
Other costs
Preliminaries11.6%
Contractor's margin3.9%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£950

£125/sqft

House
medium standard

£169/sqft

House
prestige

£161/sqft

Flats
medium standard
+3.1%in 1 year
+5.2%in 2 years
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
Other costs
Preliminaries11.0%
Contractor's margin4.5%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£940

£102/sqft

House
medium standard

£143/sqft

House
prestige

£133/sqft

Flats
medium standard
+1.5%in 1 year
+2.0%in 2 years
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
Other costs
Preliminaries12.5%
Contractor's margin3.0%
Hire 50t mobile crane + operator (day)£640
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