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New build homes, Mars Bars, crisps, cars and coffee – which offers the best value per kg?

We’ve looked at the average cost of a new build based on the price per brick and how this translates to per kg, how this compares to some day to day and more high end products on a per kg basis, and where is home to the most expensive bricks in the UK. 

The research shows that with the average new build costing £293,167 across the UK and consisting of 5,180 bricks on average, the cost of a brick on a new property is £57. With the average brick weighing 2.7kg, that’s a cost of £21 per kilo-gram. 

While new builds often come with a price premium, they represent great value for UK buyers due to the better condition of the property, the buyer incentives that can sometimes be offered i.e. stamp duty etc. and the wealth of additional amenities that often come with today’s new developments.

When you consider the cost of a brick per kg and how this compares to other day to day purchases, the value is even clearer. 

While a new build bricks ranks top when compared to day to day items for cost, Walkers crisps come in pretty close, costing £18 per kg. A medium sized car will set you back £14 per kg today, while coffee and a Big Mac are priced at £13 per kg in today’s climate. 

Mars Bars are currently valued at £12 per kg, with sausages coming in at £5. 

When it comes to the more extravagant purchases in the world today, the value of a new build is even more evident, with Kobe beef costing £200 per kg, truffles costing £1,688 per kg and an iPhone 11 hitting £3,878 per kg. 

When looking at the straight up cost of a single brick, the cost does, of course, differ across the UK. 

In Kensington and Chelsea, the cost of a new build brick hits £214, followed by £198 in Westminster and £174 in the City of London. Outside of London, it will set you back £150 in South Bucks, however, in Chiltern, the average new build brick is currently valued at just £19!

Burnley (£23), North and East Ayrshire (£23 & £29) and Inverclyde (£29) are also home to some of the best value new build brick costs in the UK, while Bexley is home to the best value brick in the capital at £64. 

The new build sector offers far better value for money when compared to existing housing stock and new build homes also hold their value for much longer.  

While the initial price point may be higher, the average cost of a new build brick doesn’t come in that much more than other day to day items such as crisps, chocolate or coffee when you compare them on a per kilogram basis. 

The additional benefit is that you also get a house within those bricks and something that lasts far longer than a kilogram of Mars Bars while also providing a return at the end of it, with the latter offering not much more than a stomach ache. 

Of course, it isn’t as simple as getting on the ladder one brick at a time but for those that can knuckle down and save, getting that foot on the ladder is still one of the soundest investments you can make, despite the recent years of consistent house price growth.”  

Location Average new build house price Price per brick* Average weight of a brick (kg) Price per kg
United Kingdom £293,167 £57 2.7 £21
         
England £313,823 £61 2.7 £22
Wales £220,532 £43 2.7 £16
Scotland £215,105 £42 2.7 £15
Northern Ireland £166,287 £32 2.7 £12
         
Great Britain £303,975 £59 2.7 £22
*Price per a brick based on average new build house price divided by the average number of bricks (5,180 bricks according to the NAEA)
Comparison items – price per kg
Item Weight Average price Average price per kg
Gold 1g £38.91 £38,910
Rolex Submariner watch 155g £5,745.00 £37,065
Beluga caviar 1g £30.00 £30,000
iPhone 11 188g £729.00 £3,878
Truffle – food item 1kg £1,783 £1,688
Silver 1g £0.45 £450
Vanilla 1kg £445.00 £445
Kobe beef 1kg £200.00 £200
Brick 2.7 £56.60 £21
Walkers crisps (Ready Salted) 32.5g £0.60 £18
Medium car (e.g. VW golf) 1600kg £22,495 £14
Coffee (ground) 227g £3.05 £13
Big Mac (McDonald’s) 240g £3.09 £13
Mars Bar 51g £0.60 £12
Small car (e.g. Nissan Micra) 1200kg £13,985 £12
Sausages (pork per kg) 1kg £5.00 £5
Cost per new build brick by region and nation
Location AveNB price Price of each brick
London £502,228 £97
South East £386,190 £75
East of England £370,487 £72
South West £310,226 £60
West Midlands Region £276,050 £53
East Midlands £268,420 £52
North West £226,279 £44
Yorkshire and The Humber £212,721 £41
North East £193,956 £37
 
England £313,823 £61
Wales £220,532 £43
Scotland £215,105 £42
 
Great Britain £303,975 £59
United Kingdom £293,167 £57
Most expensive price per new build brick
Location AveNB price Price of each brick
Kensington And Chelsea £1,110,335 £214
City of Westminster £1,024,956 £198
City of London £901,226 £174
Camden £829,137 £160
South Bucks £774,701 £150
Elmbridge £730,493 £141
Hammersmith and Fulham £685,985 £132
Chiltern £648,062 £125
Rochford £637,023 £123
Three Rivers £625,232 £121
Hackney £618,290 £119
Islington £615,025 £119
Mole Valley £612,122 £118
Wandsworth £611,694 £118
Merton £609,973 £118
Most expensive price per new build brick Exc London
Location AveNB price Price of each brick
South Bucks £774,701 £150
Elmbridge £730,493 £141
Chiltern £648,062 £125
Rochford £637,023 £123
Three Rivers £625,232 £121
Mole Valley £612,122 £118
Cambridge £603,968 £117
Reigate and Banstead £590,719 £114
Guildford £581,948 £112
Cotswold £574,057 £111
Epping Forest £570,772 £110
Harlow £564,739 £109
Broxbourne £553,169 £107
Gravesham £537,971 £104
Winchester £522,313 £101
Least expensive price per new build brick
Location AveNB price Price of each brick
Hyndburn £99,793 £19
Burnley £117,247 £23
North Ayrshire £121,553 £23
East Ayrshire £148,606 £29
Inverclyde £150,664 £29
Blackpool £151,182 £29
Hartlepool £151,583 £29
Stockton-on-Tees £154,032 £30
County Durham £154,690 £30
Pendle £158,426 £31
Argyll and Bute £158,681 £31
Barnsley £159,235 £31
Doncaster £161,866 £31
North Lanarkshire £161,907 £31
City of Dundee £162,178 £31
 Price per new build brick by London borough
Location AveNB price Price of each brick
Barking and Dagenham £396,916 £77
Barnet £545,582 £105
Bexley £329,456 £64
Brent £488,987 £94
Bromley £468,181 £90
Camden £829,137 £160
City of London £901,226 £174
City of Westminster £1,024,956 £198
Croydon £356,414 £69
Ealing £481,181 £93
Enfield £376,247 £73
Greenwich £421,220 £81
Hackney £618,290 £119
Hammersmith and Fulham £685,985 £132
Haringey £519,509 £100
Harrow £413,828 £80
Havering £408,097 £79
Hillingdon £443,808 £86
Hounslow £381,989 £74
Islington £615,025 £119
Kensington And Chelsea £1,110,335 £214
Kingston upon Thames £550,997 £106
Lambeth £560,343 £108
Lewisham £420,633 £81
Merton £609,973 £118
Newham £487,727 £94
Redbridge £557,647 £108
Richmond upon Thames £552,529 £107
Southwark £517,227 £100
Sutton £405,532 £78
Tower Hamlets £459,273 £89
Waltham Forest £477,226 £92
Wandsworth £611,694 £118

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