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Building Construction Costs in France 2009

Wednesday 15 September 2010

The average cost of constructing a new property in France in 2009 was €1,048m², broadly in line with the costs in 2008.

The figures come from the statistical service of the French government.

There were some regional differences, reflecting to some extent the cost of building labour and materials in each region, as well as differences in the type of construction.

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly thecheapest place to build was in Languedoc Roussillon, where the average cost was €946m².

Other regions where costs were below €1000m² were Champagne Ardennes (€984m²), Picardie (€986m²), Centre (€962m²) and Poitou-Charentes (€998m²).

The region where costs were highest was Corsica (€1307m²), followed Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (€1214m²) and Alsace (€1160m²).

The study also examined the costs by method of procurement used. It found that homes constructed using an architect averaged €1,322m², while self-build properties cost an average of €974m². Homes built by a builder, without the use of an architect, cost €1,095m².

The study says nothing about the specification or standards used by each method, or the quality of the final build, so the comparisons do not necessarily reflect the cost of materials and labour in each region, but the choices made by the client.

The average size of the homes was 131m², a figure that was broadly uniform across the country, excepting Alsace, where the average size was 164m².


New Build Construction Costs - 2009
RegionAverage Cost per m²Average Surface (m²)Average Cost (Euros)
Alsace€1160164€189,800
Aquitaine€1018129€131,300
Auvergne€1051132€138,400
Brittany€1078130€139,700
Burgundy€1000130€130,100
Centre€962126€121,500
Champagne-Ardenne€984135€133,200
Corsica€1307137€178,600
Franche-Comté€1150139€159,900
Ile-de-France€1144139€158,700
Languedoc Roussillon€946128€121,000
Limousin€1047127€133,400
Lorraine€1062148€157,200
Lower-Normandy€1014130€131,700
Midi Pyrénées€1006128€128,500
Nord Pas de Calais€1004136€136,200
Pays de la Loire€1059124€131,000
Picardy€986128€126,200
Poitou Charentes€998122€122,100
Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur€1214134€162,900
Rhône Alpes€1116132€47,700
Upper-Normandy€1006128€128,700
France Metropolitan€1048131€137,400

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This article was featured in our Newsletter dated 15/09/2010




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