Tender price indicator
Q3 2020

Our Tender Price Inflation report looks at the movement of prices in tenders for building contracts in the UK. The report examines a number of contributing factors and is further informed by our market survey responses and contractor consultations.

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By Michael Urie

Industry calls for clarity on border arrangements and changes to worker permits

ONS: Construction firms report that the proportion of furloughed workers continues to fall, CLC letter to Government requests for clarity on border arrangements and changes to worker permits , 59% of construction firms note lower turnover according to ONS survey, RIBA and others voice concerns over the deregulation of the planning process, Wates switches focus to public sector and affordable housing work in the wake of the pandemic.

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By Michael Urie

Fibre Optic Market

The importance of connectivity has never been more apparent than it is right now. With the UK lagging behind many of its more digitally evolved competitors, Government priority is now focusing on getting fast, secure and resilient broadband across the whole country as soon as possible – aiming to bring “gigabit-capable broadband” nationwide by 2025.

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By Richard Francis

Future Health of Buildings

COVID-19 has created two new requirements for buildings: 1. owners and occupiers need to provide an objectively safe indoor environment and 2. they must communicate trust and a sense of welcome to those coming through the doors. While both are critical, they do not necessarily align.

Topics: Sustainability

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By Michael Urie

The Future Office

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many to rethink their physical office space. In planning a logistically-difficult return to the office, organisations appear to be asking fundamental questions about the future design and purpose of the post-pandemic office. Whilst there are still many unknowns, the current pandemic has fuelled a seismic shift that will alter our perceptions of how and why we use offices and workspaces for years to come.

Topics: Offices

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By Michael Urie

‘Build, Build, Build’: UK Government announces plans to help construction’s recovery

Cashflow continues to be a pressing issue as nearly 40% of firms said current reserves would last less than three months, June construction PMI data points to sharp turnaround as more sites reopened and the supply chain kicked into gear, Kier likely to tap equity markets to bolster its balance sheet after Covid-19 takes its toll on revenues, TfL issues briefing note to construction firms on how to safely use the capital’s public network

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By Michael Urie

Market Update - June 2020

Our June Market Update includes insights from our latest contractor survey, which found that productivity levels on site in England and Wales are generally averaging around at 70-90% of pre-COVID levels.

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By Michael Urie

Government publishes forward-looking pipeline of planned procurements for the 2020/21 financial year

40% drop in construction output in April as all sub-sectors experiencing month-on-month falls, G&T contractor survey reveals that rebalancing labour density on site whilst trying to maintain productivity is proving challenging, construction vacancies fall 54.3% but are still higher than financial crisis lows, Laing O’Rourke: projects on track to return to full productivity by the end of July thanks to direct-delivery operating model and MMC

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By Michael Urie

CLC launches industry recovery plan to help supply chain emerge from the pandemic

May’s UK construction PMI reading indicates a softer pace of decline in activity, CPA forecasts construction output will fall by 25% in 2020 but notes that the worst effects on activity are behind us, contractors urge Boris Johnson to prioritise environmental sustainability and low-carbon growth in UK recovery, site activity continues to recover with 93% of infrastructure and construction sites in England and Wales now open (Build UK) plus more news and analysis from across the industry

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By Michael Urie

Local authorities told by Housing Secretary to permit requests to extend site opening hours

v.4 of CLC’s Site Operating Procedures removes requirement for face to face contact to be kept to 15 minutes or less, bespoke COVID-19 clauses drafted into contracts but parties are finding it difficult to agree on risk profile, construction output falls but figures show new order momentum was growing before the lockdown, Deloitte’s London Office Crane Survey - new office construction at all-time high before the pandemic hit plus more news and analysis from the construction industry.

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By Michael Urie

PM ‘actively encourages’ construction firms to return to work but notes limited capacity

Construction PMI plunges in April due to complete stoppages of activity, £9bn of projects returned to site last week as the number of delayed projects continues to fall, new report says that next six weeks will be the most crucial for the survival of cash-strapped contractors, tender opportunities fell in April but new contract awards (by value) rose more than 50% compared to one year ago ,more builders merchants remobilise in wake of latest Government advice and operating guidelines

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By Michael Urie

How Does Construction Emerge from the Pandemic?

A number of proactive steps have been taken to help the industry emerge from the pandemic.

Topics: UK Construction

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By Richard Francis

Health and Wellbeing in Schools

How the built environment impacts health and wellbeing represents a critical and growing area of sustainability. We are increasingly aware of the connection between where we are and how we are. It is no surprise that the newest and most popular sustainability certifications for commercial buildings – the WELL Building Standard and Fitwel – focus on the building/body connection.

Topics: Sustainability

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By Felicity Francis, BISNOW

The Growth Of Healthy Buildings Is Changing How We Manage Them

What makes us healthy? The things we do, the food we eat, the air we breathe? All these elements play a part, but a new factor is being recognised. Click here to read on.

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By Richard Francis

Office Well-Being

Unlike other sustainable items, buildings do not communicate in simple terms what they are made of and why they are good for you. Yet all of us are making stronger connections between where we are and how we are, all the time.

Topics: Sustainability

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By Michael Urie

Work resumes on 10% of sites initially suspended at lockdown

RICS: headline workloads fall pointing to virtually no change in activity in Q1 2020, talks between Build UK and Local Government Association to extend permitted site opening hours ongoing, construction machinery equipment makers in China raise prices as sales begin to take off

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By Michael Urie

Minister says construction is an ‘ecosystem’ – the whole supply chain needs to be operational and working collaboratively

Main contractors consider buying up parts of supply chain in order to keep schemes running, more sites re-open but with reduced workforce’, NLA’s annual tall building survey shows 140% year-on-year increase in the number of tall buildings in London

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By Michael Urie

Science, Skills & Innovation

Home to 29 universities, the Powerhouse region has seen significant investment into research and education activities across the scientific sector. Industry and university communities are collaborating to develop new materials technologies and advanced manufacturing methods which will provide huge benefits to the UK economy

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By Michael Urie

BEIS Tells Manufacturing to Keep Supply Chains Moving

Construction output falls 1.7% in February with adverse weather considered a contributing factor, UK Government issues updated guidance reaffirming that sites do not have to close even if they cannot maintain social distancing, CLC urges firms and clients to ‘do the right thing’ to make sure that cash continues to flow throughout the industry, Mace begins progressive re-opening of some suspended construction sites to help support UK economic recovery plus more news and analysis from the construction industry

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By Michael Urie

Contractors restarting work after pause to review and redesign operations at UK sites

Version 2 of CLC’s Site Operating Procedures withdrawn after feedback said updated rules were impossible to follow, contractors such as BAM and Kier restart work after pausing to review and redesign operations at UK sites, BMF tracker shows a number of builders merchants have re-started some services and are at least ‘partially’ open, first stage of work at NHS Nightingale hospital at London’s ExCel Centre completed in just 10 days, plus more news and analysis from the construction industry

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By Michael Urie

The New Normal in Higher Education​: The Digital Campus Of The Future ​

The digital campus is a well-connected one - limiting frictions by using readily available data. Essentially, they can be thought of as mini smart-cities, underpinned by a technologically adept infrastructure.

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By Jonathan Wilson

Are 'All Electric' Buildings The Future?

The UK government has set an ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% of 1990 levels, by 2025. The use of fossil fuels as the primary source for heating and cooling buildings is a substantial contributor to carbon emissions, and its continued use by the construction industry is likely to impact the UK’s ability to achieve this target.

Topics: Technology

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By Michael Urie

Construction Collaboration Technology

New technologies and software applications are increasingly being used to facilitate the effective sharing of project-related information between geographically dispersed, multi-disciplinary members of a construction project team. Do these tools offer a route to productivity gains in the construction industry?

Topics: Technology

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By Michael Urie

Scottish Distilleries

The UK’s distilling sector has experienced a boom in terms of growth in the number of distilling enterprises. Although most of this recent growth has been in England, Scottish distilleries remain dominant in terms of revenue-share and employment-size band.

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By Jared Carver

Getting Britain Building

Whilst the effects of COVID-19 had a significant impact on the new Chancellor’s first post Brexit Budget, a common theme remained the levelling up of the UK economy. Here we review some of the more important tax and spending plans that will affect the construction and property sectors.

Topics: Tax, Budget

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By Michael Urie

The New Normal in Higher Education: The Sustainable Campus Of The Future

As part of their sustainable campus plans, several universities in the UK have made the construction and refurbishment of buildings a primary area of focus. Sustainability often comes at a cost as such buildings employ more premium construction techniques.

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By Michael Urie

The New Normal in Higher Education: Health and Wellbeing in the Campus Of The Future

Research from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the research and education organisation focused on the built environment, found that rising levels of interest in wellbeing in the UK will translate into significant investment over the next three years in the real estate industry.

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By Gavin Murgatroyd

Creating Occupier Value

Offices are built for occupiers and tenants. Without them there is no demand and no reason for us to build them. So in an age of improving wellbeing for occupiers, increasing building sustainability and providing hospitality services to tenants, it is still worth remembering the basics that can add value to an office product and help attract occupiers.

Topics: Offices

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By Michael Urie

Offices, the Commercial sector and “North-shoring”

North-shoring – the term used to describe shifting operations from the South to the North in what was originally a bid to save money – is a growing trend among London firms.

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By Michael Urie

Urban Regeneration: Getting the Formula Right

Regeneration is far more than just commercial property development. It has a much broader agenda.

Topics: Retail, Regeneration

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By Michael Urie

Stora Enso: The Case for Wood

Stora Enso, a Finnish manufacturer of renewable packaging, biomaterials, paper and wooden constructions, has developed a new flexible, modular wooden office concept.

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By Richard Johns

Is BREEAM Sustainable?

Traditionally, measures of sustainability on building projects – for example BREEAM1 and LEED2 have been based on a very specific and prescriptive set of “environmental” criteria – energy use, water consumption and even proximity to public transport. However, the effectiveness and value of these forms of certification is under question. Why?

Topics: Sustainability

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By Mary Rose Griffiths

Green Lending

Green lending is the means by which commercial lenders provide development finance to borrowers who develop green buildings or retrofit existing buildings with green or environmentally responsible features. The lending is conditional on the borrower fulfilling certain environmental criteria. Generally, this means that the borrower’s sustainability strategy is closely scrutinised.

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By Michael Urie

LREF NextGen Debate 2019: The impact of flexible working - Part 1

NextGen professionals from across the built environment debated the impact of flexible working on wellbeing, at the London Real Estate Forum 2019. Team One discuss their thoughts and argue that increased flexible working has a negative impact on mental health in the capital.

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By Michael Urie

LREF NextGen Debate 2019: The impact of flexible working - Part 2

Arguing that flexible working has a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, NextGen professionals from across the built environment take part in the London Real Estate Forum NextGen debate 2019.

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By Felicity Francis, BISNOW

The Real Potential of Smart Buildings Is Buried In Data

The clever gadgets and the Internet of Things are just the tip of the iceberg - the current possibilities. Read on to find out how data will help create a true smart building.

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By Richard Francis

Well and Fitwel

People spend about 90% of their time indoors and businesses typically spend 90% of their budgets on people. In a well-regarded survey of global corporate executives, 90% reported that they expected to improve their approach to employee wellbeing. It is little wonder why health and wellness have become a dominant concern for the real estate and construction industry.

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By Tara Lerman, BISNOW

The Data Behind Design: How Companies Tailor The Office To Employee Preferences

For years, architects and developers have attempted to predict what the office of the future will look like. Read on to find out more.

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By Michael Urie

NextGen Perspectives on...Tackling Talent Post-Brexit

How can the industry futureproof acquisition and retention of young talent through design? And how can we prevent a talent drain after Brexit?

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By Michael Urie

NextGen Perspectives on...Big Data and Smart Technology

How important is big data and smart technology to the next generation? and how can we harness big data and smart technology to innovate within the construction industry?

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By Michael Urie

NextGen Perspectives on...Wellbeing and Mental Health: The invisible risk

In April, G&T hosted the New London Architecture (NLA) NextGen Working Group, as part of the NLA’s NextGen programme. The programme seeks to bring together young professionals and established construction industry experts to explore and discuss some of the critical issues being faced in the industry.

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By Craig McLellan

Sports Venues - Redefining Hospitality

The demographic of those attending live sporting events has shifted in recent years. A generation of millennials have voiced their preferences on how they want to consume and engage with sport.

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By Matthias Holman

High Rise Construction

The UK’s skyline continues to head upwards with record numbers of tall buildings being completed this year. They are increasingly becoming the norm in London with more than 500 in planning, approved or under construction in a city which has traditionally been associated with low-rise, low-density developments. But the phenomenon is by no means limited to London. Manchester and Birmingham, amongst other UK cities, are also seeing their fair share of high rise development with more expected over the next decade.

Topics: UK Construction

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By Robert McNeish

The Housing Crisis Within The Northern Powerhouse

Recent figures suggest that by 2030 the Northern Powerhouse will have a shortage of approximately 86,000 homes. Rough sleeping has almost doubled since 2010 and nationwide the number of people in temporary accommodation is on track to reach 100,000 by 2020, unless the Government takes steps to deliver more affordable private, intermediate and social housing. So how can this negative trajectory be reversed?

Topics: Housing

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By Felicity Francis, BISNOW

Retail Is Changing Shape, But We Can All Move With It

Online retail is growing fast and there are thousands of empty stores lying dormant in retail centres across the UK, but already certain landlords are bringing them back to life through considerate development. Read on to find out more

Topics: Retail

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By Alex Davey

A Good Time to Invest in Build to Rent

Over the last five years, the total number of Build to Rent (BTR) units completed, under construction or in planning has increased six-fold. With steady growth every year since 2013 and more than £2bn of investment per annum since 2017, experts predict that the BTR pipeline could double to 200,000 units in the next two years.

Topics: Build to Rent

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By Michael Urie

The Internet of Things in Construction

In simple terms, IoT is a network of embedded sensors, meters, appliances and devices capable of sending and receiving data about changes to their current physical state and surrounding environment over the internet.

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By Michael Urie

Off-Site Manufacture for Construction: Barriers to Uptake

In this report we explore the potentially disruptive growth of off-site manufacturing for construction and some of the barriers currently preventing its wider adoption. Given the broadly acknowledged benefits of off-site manufacturing, the question has to be addressed why is this not the norm?

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By Michael Urie

Warehousing and Distribution

Adapting for the omni-channel environment

Topics: Retail

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New stores deliver retailers an average 12% uplift in online sales

Revo launches ‘Tomorrow’s World: Retail on the line’ omnichannel research report

Topics: Technology, Retail

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By Steven Bennett

A Bright Future for Retail

The demise of traditional shopping habits, the rise and rise of online, shrinking profits for department store operators, retailers seeking to renegotiate leases and developers rethinking their plans for shopping developments whilst business rates can be crippling are just some of the challenging factors that retail world faces.

Topics: Technology, Retail

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By Michael Urie

Co-Working Spaces: New Ways of Working

Co-working is a concept whereby those who are self-employed or working for different employers rent out space in the form of seats, desks or private offices from operators, typically on a monthly basis.

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By Michael Urie

The Growth of Build to Rent in the UK

The move away from buying/selling homes

Topics: Build to Rent

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Built Environment NextGen professionals tackle the housing crisis at LREF 2018

Watch the action unfold in the NextGen roundtable debate held at LREF 2018, discussing solutions to the London housing crisis.

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G&T Launches New Microsite

GT Market Intelligence is an online platform with a curated selection of G&T market research publications, opinion pieces, insights and analysis. Watch our film to find out more.

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By Richard Francis

Brexit Watch - Construction Labour

With Brexit just under a year away, we look at how it will affect the UK labour market and what impact it will have on the construction sector.

Topics: Brexit

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By Jason Fowler

Heathrow Airport Expansion Moves Forward

On 5th June 2018, the Cabinet signed off on plans for a new runway at Heathrow Airport. Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said the decision was in the ‘national interest’.

Topics: Aviation

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By Mary Rose Griffiths

Key Issues for Lenders on Construction Projects

Our article looks at how structuring projects to make them more acceptable to lenders significantly improves the chances of getting them off of the ground.

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By Andrew Paul

Economics of Building Above Operational Railways

We look at some of the issues that design teams and contractors should take into account when contemplating an over site development.

Topics: Rail

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By Oliver Booth

Introduction to Cross Laminated Timber

We give a brief introduction to Cross Laminated Timber and look at how this new construction method is slowly changing the built environment.

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By Richard Francis

Next Generation Sustainability

In this article we look at the impact on sustainability when three worlds collide: health and wellbeing, technology and real estate.

Topics: Sustainability

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By Gavin Murgatroyd

Market Focus: Insolvency Warning Signs

Following the failure of Carillion in January 2018 and its impact on the construction sector, we look at the early warning signs that can indicate problems ahead.

Topics: Insolvency

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