Tender price indicator
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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?
New stores deliver retailers an average 12% uplift in online sales
Revo launches ‘Tomorrow’s World: Retail on the line’ omnichannel research report
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.
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.