Tuesday 12 December 2017

SCSI: Building costs to rise by 3pc

The SCSI says housing costs will rise along with tender prices
The SCSI says housing costs will rise along with tender prices
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Building costs for commercial property look set to rise by 3pc in first half of 2017.

This shows a slight pick up in the pace of construction inflation.

According to the latest Tender Price Index (TPI) published by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), construction tender prices increased by 2.9pc in the second half of 2016, bringing to 6.3pc the rate of increase for the whole of 2016.

In recent years the trend with tender prices has been one of consistent increases - they rose by 5.5pc in 2015 and 5pc in 2014.

While the index relates to non-residential construction projects, the SCSI says it is inevitable that rising prices will have a knock-on effect on house-building costs.

Micheal Mahon, Chairman of the Quantity Surveying Professional Group of the SCSI said that while the rate of increase is higher in Dublin, price inflation is also now being experienced in the regions.

In the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) for instance, tender price inflation was 3.4pc in the last six months of 2016, while outside of Dublin the figure was 2.5pc.

The SCSI is now forecasting price rises of 3.3pc in the Greater Dublin Area and 2.8pc elsewhere for the first half of 2017.

Separately, following the success of its recent annual dinner at the Clayton Hotel on the Burlington Road, the SCSI is already inviting those wishing to attend in 2018 to register their interest. With 1,300 in attendance at this year's event, early booking will be advised.

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