Dublin third most expensive city in Europe for construction costs

Survey blames materials price increases of up to 40% for rising cost of building in capital

The Turner & Townsend survey shows that average hourly rates paid in Dublin are almost €40, ranking it number four in the EU. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Turner & Townsend survey shows that average hourly rates paid in Dublin are almost €40, ranking it number four in the EU. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Building in Dublin is more expensive than Paris as material and labour shortages have made the Irish capital Europe’s third-costliest city for construction, a new survey shows.

Construction costs in Dublin are running at €2,400 per square metre, ranking it number three in Europe, behind Geneva at €2,954 per square metre and London, where costs are €2,720 per square metre.

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