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Construction in Ireland: August Completes Five Years of Construction Activity Growth

Construction in Ireland:  August Completes Five Years of Construction Activity Growth

Growth remained elevated in the Irish construction sector during August, despite moderating from July.   Activity rose sharply amid strong increases in housing and commercial activity.   Higher workloads led constructors to increase their staffing levels and purchasing activity.   Meanwhile, the rate of input price inflation quickened amid ......

Exhibit at The Big 5 Construction Show With £2,500 Grant Support

Exhibit at The Big 5 Construction Show With £2,500 Grant Support

The Big 5 Dubai is exptected to deliver 65,000 buyers & 2,600 exhibitors in 4 days from 26-29 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The show is co -located with HVACR Expo Dubai / Big 5 Solar / Middle East Concrete / Plant Machinery Vehicles Live / Urban Design & Landscaping.

DIT Trade Show Access Programme funding of up to £2,500 is available for eligible UK companies.   With only 10 weeks to go, there is still time to book stand space if you want ......

Plant Hire Market Report – UK 2018-2022 - New Report from AMA

UK Plant Hire Market Forecast to Grow by 11% Between 2018 and 2022

Plant Hire Market Report – UK 2018-2022 - New Report from AMA

The UK plant hire market was estimated to be worth £3bn in 2017, with growth of around 1% forecast for 2018.   The plant hire market is extremely diverse, with equipment ranging from dehumidifiers to excavators, and demand for each type of equipment varies, reflecting a combination of factors including the level of new work and RMI in sectors such as highways and distribution & warehousing.   Demand in sectors such as pumping and climate control is also impacted by the prevalent weather conditions.

The market experienced .....

Glenigan Index: Strengthening in Civils Work Steadies Construction Starts

Glenigan Index:  Strengthening in Civils Work Steadies Construction Starts
  • Starts in the three months to August were 9% down on a year ago and were 1% lower than during the preceding three months.

  • Residential starts were 16% lower than a year ago with social housing projects especially weak.

  • Non-residential project starts were 5% lower than a year ago with a weakening in industrial, commercial and community & amenity starts partially offset by a sharp rise in health projects.

    • Civil engineering was 15% higher than a year ago due to a strong recovery in utilities work.

The value of work starting on site in the three months to August was .....

Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI®: Construction Output Growth Eases to Three-Month Low in August

Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI®:  Construction Output Growth Eases to Three-Month Low in August

Key findings:

  • Modest overall rise in construction activity
  • Suppliers’ delivery times lengthen to greatest extent since March 2015
  • Input cost inflation eases to 25-month low

August data pointed to a renewed slowdown in output growth across the UK construction sector, with all three broad categories of activity recording a loss of momentum since the previous month.   That said, there were signs of resilience in terms of underlying workloads, with the latest survey signalling another solid upturn in new business.   Employment growth meanwhile .....

Active Fire Protection Market Report – UK 2018-2022 - New Report from AMA

Integrated Systems Stimulate Growth in the UK Active Fire Protection Sector

Active Fire Protection Market Report – UK 2018-2022 - New Report from AMA

The total market size for active fire protection systems in the UK saw good growth to 2016 at between 7% and 9% per year, in line with higher levels of construction output across key end-use sectors such as education and offices.   However, AMA’s estimates - which exclude installation, service and rental income - suggest weakening growth to 3% in 2017 and 2% in 2018, due to a fall in overall business confidence, with medium term forecasts to 2020 also moderate.

The sector is mature, and in the absence of any significant changes to Building Regulations and Standards in recent years, has been primarily driven by .....

Street Furniture and Lighting Market Report - UK 2018-2022 - New Report from AMA

4% Growth in the UK Market for Street Furniture

Street Furniture and Lighting Market Report - UK 2018-2022 - New Report from AMA

The total value of the street furniture market that is supplied to or influenced by local authorities and placed in public spaces or highways controlled by local authorities, is estimated to be worth around £328m in 2017, having grown by around 4% in the year.   The local authority sector is thought to account for around 80% of the total market for street furniture.   Forecasts indicate .....

Women in Construction

The critical solution to a skills shortage

Women in Construction

The drive to encourage and retain women in construction roles is a critical solution to the skills shortage and a topic of enormous importance to the industry at large.

One only has to consider the 300,000 new homes that are to be built each year, and the need for more than a million extra workers by 2020, to realise the enormity of the challenges ahead.   Figures suggest that women are expected to make up more than a quarter of that workforce by .....

Construction in the Hotel, Entertainment and Leisure Sector Report - UK 2018-2022 - New Report from AMA

Hotel, Leisure and Entertainment Construction Output Grew by 33% in 2017 to Reach £9.4bn

Construction in the Hotel, Entertainment and Leisure Sector Report - UK 2018-2022 - New Report from AMA

Dominated by the private sector, the entertainment and leisure sector has experienced more positive construction output conditions than many other sectors over the past 5 years.   Despite a dip in 2015, output growth in the sector has remained between 2013 and 2017, and overall indications are that output grew by around 33% in 2017 to reach £9.4bn.   Expansion and investment has been largely confined to the budget hotels, health and fitness and more recently the cinema segments, with less buoyant activity in other sectors.

Going forward, there is a good pipeline of leisure sector work forecast, with a mix of theme park, resort, hotel and sports stadia in the pipeline, which should underpin construction growth over the forecast period.   In addition .....

Builders Merchants Q2 Sales Bounce Back, According to the Builders Merchants Building Index

Builders Merchants Q2 Sales Bounce Back, According to the Builders Merchants Building Index

The Builders Merchants Federation/GfK BMBI quarterly index has been published.   

Following the dramatic weather in quarter 1 delaying the usual end of quarter external work kick off, a strong quarter 2 performance has been expected;  it did not disappoint, growing in value terms 7.2% year on year.

Landscaping initially struggled as the bad weather rolled into the first half of April, resulting in the category being down 4.3% year on year, with Driveway, Block and Commercial Paving and Kerbs particularly badly hit.   However, as the weather improved .....

Construction Work is on the Up but Still Underperforming, According to Barbour ABI

Construction Work is on the Up but Still Underperforming, According to Barbour ABI

The value of new construction contracts in July reached £4.6 billion, a 6.5 per cent increase compared to June and the first month to see growth since March.   However, the two largest sectors, residential and infrastructure, continued their slump in July with much lower activity levels, decreasing by 28 and 24 per cent respectively compared to the same time in 2017.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI highlights levels of construction contract values awarded across Great Britain.   The largest project in July was .....

Housebuilding Market Report – UK 2018-2022 Analysis - New Report from AMA

Build to Rent Forecast to Become a Key Growth Area in the UK Housebuilding Market

Housebuilding Market Report – UK 2018-2022 Analysis - New Report from AMA

Including residential conversions, there were around 258,000 new dwellings delivered across the UK in 2016/17, up by 13% on the previous year.   For 2017/18, it is estimated the rate of growth has been similar, with 280,000 new homes being added.   Average selling prices have also been increasing year on year over the same period, contributing towards strong growth in total housebuilding contractors output, which nearly doubled between 2011/12 and 2017/18, though forecast growth to 2021 is more modest.

Volume growth has largely been driven by .....

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