Articles in Category: Market Reports & Surveys – General Construction Industry

Construction in Ireland: Faster Rise in Activity, but New Order Growth Remains Modest

Construction in Ireland:  Faster Rise in Activity, but New Order Growth Remains Modest

Today sees the release of November data from the Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI®.   The latest report – produced for Ulster Bank by IHS Markit – signalled that growth was maintained in the Northern Ireland private sector in November, with activity rising at a solid pace.   That said, rates of expansion in output and new orders were weaker than seen earlier in the year and business confidence remained relatively muted ......

IHS Markit Germany Construction PMI®: Construction Sector Returns to Growth in November

Amid Accelerating Inflows of New Work

IHS Markit Germany Construction PMI®:  Construction Sector Returns to Growth in November

Key findings:

  • Renewed rises in commercial and housing activity
  • New order growth accelerates to strongest in nine months
  • Input price inflation ticks up to 13-month high

Latest PMI® data showed a return to growth of Germany's construction sector in November, following the first drop in building activity for seven months in October.   Supporting the upturn was ......

Significant Worldwide Demand for UK Architecture Must be Protected by Good Brexit Deal

RIBA reveals 2018 business trends report

Significant Worldwide Demand for UK Architecture Must be Protected by Good Brexit Deal

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today revealed its annual summary of trends in the architecture profession and construction sector.    The RIBA’s annual Business Benchmarking survey provides data on architects’ profit and turnover, salaries, and identifies global growth areas for the export of UK architecture expertise.

Drawn from data provided by RIBA’s Chartered Practices, the Business Benchmarking Survey has been conducted since 2012 to provide insight into trends over time .....

Barbour ABI Works with HM Government to Deliver the National Infrastructure & Construction Pipeline

Barbour ABI Works with HM Government to Deliver the National Infrastructure & Construction Pipeline

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), supported by Barbour ABI, has recently published its forward-looking pipeline which contains projections of over £600bn of investment over the next decade.

The National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline (NICP) provides a single source of data for both government and the private sector on ......

Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI®: Construction Growth Reaches Four-Month High in November

Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI®:  Construction Growth Reaches Four-Month High in November

Key Findings:

  • Solid expansion of overall construction output
  • Residential work reclaims its place as best performing area of construction activity
  • Job creation accelerates to its fastest since December 2015

November data pointed to a solid expansion of UK construction output, which was supported by a broad-based upturn in the three sub-categories of activity monitored by the survey.   Growth of new work picked up since October and .....

RIBA Future Trends Survey: Brexit Uncertainty Impacts Architects' Workload and Confidence

RIBA Future Trends Survey:  Brexit Uncertainty Impacts Architects' Workload and Confidence

In October 2018, the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index increased slightly to +11, up from +7 in September, but for the second consecutive quarter the value of work in progress declined – indicating the impact of ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

The North of England regained optimism after dipping significantly last month .....

The Impact of EU Workers in the UK Construction Industry

The Impact of EU Workers in the UK Construction Industry

The UK construction industry employs approximately 3 million people in the UK, making up 10% of UK employment.   Significant skills shortages are restricting construction economic growth in the industry that employs 8% of EU workers, however in London this amounts to a staggering 28%.

According to research by TowerEight, an experienced, independent, project and cost management consultancy, which provides services to the construction and property industry, 35% of construction workers stated Brexit has created .....

Builders Merchants Q3 Sales Continue to Grow, According to the Builders Merchants Building Index

Builders Merchants Q3 Sales Continue to Grow, According to the Builders Merchants Building Index

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

Total Builders Merchants sales continued to deliver value growth in quarter 3, up 4.2% on the previous year.   July was particularly strong up 8.3% but the extra trading day YoY helped. August continued this trend and drove the growth with a positive 3.5% performance.   However September fell off as the quarter came to an end showing only 0.8% growth on September last year.

The value growth year on year continued in Timber and Joinery with a year on year increase of 9.6% for the quarter.   This growth was driven again by .....

Housebuilding Contracts Worth Over £2 billion in October

According to Barbour ABI

Housebuilding Contracts Worth Over £2 billion in October

The value of new construction contracts in October reached £5.4 billion, a 3.8 per cent decrease compared to September, as housebuilding continues to prop up the industry with £2 billion worth of contract value.

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 October was .....

Glenigan Index: Rise in Commercial and Industry Projects Support Construction Starts

Glenigan Index:  Rise in Commercial and Industry Projects Support Construction Starts
  • Starts in the three months to October were 1% up on a year ago and unchanged on the preceding three months.

  • Residential starts were 10% lower than a year ago and 4% down on the preceding three months.

  • Non-residential project starts were 18% higher than a year ago with growth driven by increases in industrial, offices, retail hotel & leisure and health starts.

  • Civil engineering was 19% lower than a year ago and 27% down on the preceding three months.

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

RIBA Future Trends Survey: Architects’ Confidence in the North of England Dips Significantly

RIBA Future Trends Survey:  Architects’ Confidence in the North of England Dips Significantly

In September 2018, the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index dropped slightly to +7, down from +11 in August.    The gap between London and the rest of the UK has narrowed significantly this month,with the previously upbeat North of England seeing a reduction down to +12, from +41 last month.

Practices in the South of England, by contrast, were .....

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