Global Cost Trends Guide 2020-2021
Data-Driven Insights on Global Construction Trends
december 1, 2020
The planning, allocation and deployment of capital is perhaps the most critical element of a successful construction project. The construction industry – always subject to rapidly changing labor markets and materials costs – has faced the added burden this year of COVID-19’s effects on manufacturing, labor, transportation and health and safety requirements.
CBRE’s Global Cost Trends Guide captures data from 134 cities in 75 countries to shed light on both current and prospective cost trends across North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to the commercial fit-out industry. While countries respond with different levels of restrictions, there are many similarities in the way in which the fit-out markets have adjusted within them.
For many office workers, the living room has now become the boardroom and with client CAPEX budgets tightening across the world, project pipelines in all regions are being cut as clients search for cost saving measures. Consistently, each region is experiencing a flattening and even slight decrease of construction costs, particularly due to contractors pricing down in their bids (tenders) to remain competitive. This also counteracts the additional costs associated with COVID-19 safety measures and extensions of schedules due to decreased capacities on sites. We should expect to see an increase in construction costs in 2021 as contractors see work return or potentially determine their price cuts are not sustainable given the added increase in costs associated with COVID-19 safety requirements.