Construction Industry Update – June 2022

  Tender price inflation to soar to 10% this year Cost consultants Arcadis is warning the spectre of stagflation could hit construction as soaring materials inflation and risk allowances in tenders delay project pipelines. It estimates that disruption caused by the Ukraine War has magnified existing supply chain problems adding 3 to 5% to the […]

Construction Industry Update – May 2022

  Office work uplift returns construction output to growth Construction output returned to 1.7% growth in March after sliding during the storms in February. It is the first time private commercial work has emerged as a growth driver since the pandemic, recording a 4% rise in March. Private housing repair and maintenance also saw strong […]

Construction Industry Update – April 2022

  February storms dampen construction output The week long battering by storms, Dudley, Eunice and Franklin dampened construction output in February as more working days were lost. Monthly construction output slipped by 0.1% due to lost time and project delays. The main contributors to the decline in February were new infrastructure, and non-housing repairs and […]

Construction Industry Update – February 2022

Work exceeds pre-pandemic level after 13% output rise in 2021 Construction activity has overtaken its pre-pandemic level after output rebounded 12.7% last year. Official figures from the Office of National Statistics show construction enjoyed an r-shaped rebound in output from the pandemic. It was helped by the industry’s big effort to return to work after […]

A to Z of Aggregates

6F1 Selected granular material with a fine grading that is used for capping and can’t contain any more than 50% by mass of recycled bituminous plainings and granulated asphalt as per the specification for highway works. 6F1 is produced and used on the site of origin. If this material was to be imported to another […]

Construction Industry Update – January 2022

  New work surges as materials shortages ease Construction output bounced back again above the pre-pandemic high-water mark after a strong surge in new work during November. A 5.7% hike in new work lifted construction output by 3.5%, despite a small decline in repair and maintenance workloads. The surge lifted overall activity above the February […]

Construction Industry Update – November 2021

  Material cost increases hit forty-year high The Materials Cost Index conducted by the Building Cost Information Service shows price rises hitting a forty-year high. Analysts said that between January and September 2021 the greatest increases were seen. This rise mainly saw increases to steel and timber, with rises set to continue into next year. […]

Construction Industry Update – September 2021

Construction growth slows as costs increase Construction growth slowed down in August with nearly recorded rises in input cost inflation. Growth sales slowed as supply chain pressures saw cost inflation grow at the second-highest rate in the survey’s 24-year history. The IHS Markit / CIPS Uk Construction PMI Total Activity Index posted 55.2 in August, […]

Construction Industry Update – August 2021

Renewal race for Scape £750m Eastern region framework The next-gen framework, worth £750m over four years, introduces a parallel plotting structure to give clients the option to engage early with two contractors before awarding a project. The new framework has been structured into 4 regions: Lot 1 & 2 – Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire. […]

Construction Industry Update – May 2021

Homes England shifts to a dynamic framework Firms have been invited to tender for the new Delivery Partner Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), which shifts from the agency’s Delivery Partner Panel system. This new approach will open Homes England sites up more widely to the whole market and be more flexible to accommodate market changes. The […]

Construction Industry Update – March 2021

  Construction activity rises after December dip The amount of new work increased by 1.7% in January, this was mainly pushed by the private commercial and infrastructure industries, which grew by 4.5% and 3.1% according to the Office of National Statistics. Construction is still the only sector of the UK economy that is still growing […]

Construction Industry Update – February 2021

    Construction output drops for the first time since COVID-19 crash Monthly construction output fell 2.9% in December as the third national lockdown restrictions began to be felt and the Brexit transition period came to an end. This latest fall in output by the Office of National Statistics saw total activity fall back below […]

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