10 most expensive cities to build in

By Andy BrownJuly 09, 2022

According to Turner & Townsend’s International Construction Market Survey, the most expensive city in the world to build in was San Francisco

San Francisco is an expensive city to live in, to buy a home in, and according to recent survey results, also to build in, not surprisingly. 

According to Turner & Townsend’s International Construction Market Survey, the most expensive city in the world to build in was San Francisco, followed by Tokyo and then Osaka in Japan.

The fourth most expensive city in which to build in was New York, with Geneva, Switzerland rounding out the top five.

The report, which gathered data from 88 different locations, stated that market conditions in the construction industry are positive with demand strong and most markets having recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic.

When asked ‘How would you describe current market tendering conditions?’ just 1.1% responded with ‘Cold’, 23.9% said ‘Lukewarm,’ 36.4% picked ‘Warm,’ 28.4% said ‘Hot’ and 10.2% opted for ‘Overheating.’

However, problems with the skilled labor shortage remain – just under 80% of markets are struggling to deliver labor to meet demand. Inflation is also an increasingly serious problem.

The report says that, “In the 2021 survey, there were 11 markets that were expected to have construction cost inflation of 10% or more in 2021. In our 2022 survey results, there are 38 markets that suggested they experienced inflation of 10% or more. The pace and degree at which costs have risen has been greater than anticipated in last year’s survey.”

World’s 10 most expensive cities to build in, 2022:

1. San Francisco, CA

2. Tokyo, Japan

3. Osaka, Japan

4. New York, NY

5. Geneva, Switzerland

6. Zurich, Switzerland

7. Hong Kong, China

8. Boston, MA

9. Los Angeles, CA

10. London, England

For a look at last year’s study by Arcadis, click here.

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