Fewer dwellings completed within two years

09/09/2008 15:00

In 2007, more than 80 thousand new dwellings were completed, nearly 8 thousand more than one year previously. Last year, 67 percent of new houses were completed within a time span of two years, as against 94 percent in 1995.

Average completion time new houses

Average completion time new houses

Average completion time of 22 months

The completion time of new houses averaged 22 months in 2007, as opposed to only 14 months in 1995. A variety of reasons underlies the increasing completion time.

One is the reasons is the increase in large-scale building projects. Larger projects require more time to complete. The average completion time ranges from 18 months (one dwelling) to 27 months for large-scale projects covering 200 or more dwellings.

Dwellings completed within two years by size of the project

Dwellings completed within two years by size of the project

Lengthier completion time

Irrespective of the size of the project, the proportion of new dwellings finished within a time span of two years declined in 2007 relative to 1995. In 1995 the size of a building project appeared to have no effect on the completion time. In 2007, larger building projects in particular required more than two years to complete.

Shortest completion time in Groningen

Last year, 91 percent of new dwellings in the province of Groningen were completed within two years. In the province of South Holland only 58 percent of new houses were constructed within two years. This is partly due to the fact that building projects in South Holland are on average larger.

Completion time by province, 2007

Completion time by province, 2007

Linda Slikkerveer