Average cost per square meter of building hospital by region of the UK 2016-2018

London is the region with the highest building costs for all three types of hospital recorded here, while Northern Ireland was conversely the region in the United Kingdom with the lowest construction costs for hospitals. Although the cost per square meter for building a general hospital in Scotland is cheaper than in the UK North and UK Central regions, the cost for day centers and regional hospitals in Scotland was more expensive than in the other two regions.
The UK’s capital is the most expensive area for public building construction.

Hospital bed numbers still in decline

The number of hospital beds in the UK has been declining since 2000. Between 2000 and 2017, figures decreased by nearly a third. The reduction in hospital beds is, among other reasons, attributed to technical improvements in surgery rooms, patients with mental health problems being treated in different settings, and most importantly, cuts to NHS funding.

Increased healthcare spend

Despite past funding cuts and declining availability of hospital beds, healthcare spending has significantly increased in the past twenty years. In 2017, expenditure reached a peak of 197.3 billion British pounds, around ten percent of the country’s GDP, whereas in 1997, this figure amounted to 54.9 billion British pounds.

Average cost per square meter of internal area in the United Kingdom (UK) for building a hospital in 2016 and 2018, by region

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Source

Release date

April 2018

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2016 and 2018

Supplementary notes

Further details about which regions make up the figures for UK South, UK Central and UK North are unavailable.

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