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Building Costs in Ireland 2016

Every year we share useful information to guide you on the costs for your construction project in Ireland. This article will help you to estimate an approximate figure for your building costs.

You can read our other articles in this series here.

Following the difficult years of the global financial crisis Ireland is now the fastest-growing economy in the EU. Overall construction output in 2016 is expected to improve by 2.6%.

Demand for construction activity continues to rise but the industry will continue to face resourcing challenges to meet demand.


Average Irish Construction Prices 2016

The average construction costs table is generated using Bruce Shaw’s Cost Database and sets out typical building construction costs. Bruce Shaw’s database is the largest construction cost database in Ireland.

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Average Irish Construction Costs 2016. Source: Bruce Shaw

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Turner & Townsend‘s annual construction cost survey provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of construction costs in Ireland, in 2016.

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International building costs per m2 of internal area, in 2016

International building costs per m2 of internal area, in 2016. Source: Turner & Townsend


Labour rates and Construction Materials Prices

Turner & Townsend‘s annual construction cost survey provides labour costs and also the prices for some materials. Their cost escalation forecast for 2016-2017 is 6%.

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Labour and Materials Prices, 2016. Source: Turner & Townsend



The latest monthly data from CSO recorded that all materials prices increased by 1.1% in the year since July 2015.

The most notable yearly changes were increases in Sand and gravel (+11.0%), Stone (+8.3%) and Fabricated metal (+7.4%), while there were decreases in Copper pipes and fittings (-4.2%), Glass (-4.1%) and Ready mixed mortar and concrete (-2.0%).


Guide to Rebuilding Costs in Ireland

The Society of Chartered Surveyors publishes every year a guide to rebuilding costs in Ireland. This guide is intended to assist in insuring a house and the costs included are based on building rates as of June 2016.

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SCSI Rebuilding Costs 2016

Table of Rebuilding Costs June 2016. Source: Society of Chartered Surveyors.

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SCSI also provides a House Rebuilding Cost Calculator here. This calculator can be used as a guide to give you a minimum base cost for your construction project.


Typical Exclusions

There are a number of other expenses that you should also consider when estimating your project. See some of the exclusions that may apply to your project here.

Architect’s fees will vary based on a number of factors ranging from size and complexity to level of the service required. These two articles provide some guidelines:

Additionally, you may also need to allow for:

  • Design Certifier Fees
  • Assigned Certifier fees


Check out our other articles in this series



Mixing Work With Pleasure


Last month I went to the Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015: a weekend of Traditional Building Skills Demonstrations and Conservation Talks for anyone interested in period buildings, architectural conservation and traditional building skills.

Since the kids also enjoy construction stuff we decided to make a family weekend out of this.

The location of the show was amazing – not less than the grounds of the OPW monastic site in Glendalough, County Wicklow. If you have never been there you should definitely plan a visit.

Glendalough, County Wicklow

The exhibition was great with a good display of different trades and organizations.

Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 - Dry stone Wall Construction

Dry Stone Wall Construction


Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 - Mud Wall Construction - Féile Butler

Architect Féile Butler building a mud wall (www.mudandwood.com)


Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 - Plastering

George O’Malley Plastering

Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 - trying stone carving

My son trying stone carving with McEvoy and Sons

Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 - trying to lift heavy hammer

A very heavy stone carving hammer!

Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 - Roofs and gutters

Custom Crew Construction – Roofing Restoration

Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015

A view of the exhibition

Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 - Thatch

Thatching by Kyran O’Grady

Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 - Hemp and Lime set

Lime and Hemp Display



We also had the UNIQUE experience of sleeping in a gipsy caravan – the kids loved it! Sitting by the fire and singing and playing songs with friends was something memorable. The caravan was comfortable and very well equipped, and the setting was amazing.
Clissmann Horse Caravans, Gipsy Caravans

Clissmann Horse Caravans, Gipsy Caravans Clissmann Horse Caravans, Inside Gipsy Caravans

The talks part of the exhibition were very interesting, they varied from the use of lime in traditional buildings to the restoration of old slate and tile roofs.

Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015 - Laura Bowen

Talk by Architect Laura Bowen


To finish the day we went for a walk to the big lake and the waterfall – fantastic. Did I mention we also saw reindeer?

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

All in all it was a great mix of work and pleasure and I can highly recommend the experience to fellow Architects, Conservation Contractors and anyone interested in traditional buildings and beautiful destinations.

My work is often mixed with pleasure because I love what I do, but mixing all the family to the ‘party’ does not happen that often. But it was well worth it!

Isabel Barros

Homelessness in Ireland – Demand Action NOW




We totally offer our support to Simon Communities’ new campaign #SimonForecast.

Every day men, women and children in Ireland have no place to call home. Thousands live in emergency accommodation nationwide and many hundreds more sleep rough or rely on the kindness of family and friends. We need to act now to ensure people who are homeless and those at risk have a roof over their heads.

The new campaign asks for the public’s support in urging the government to put the homeless and housing crisis at the top of the Cabinet agenda.

All is needed is to go to and take action to end homelessness today.



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