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Construction activity in June expands at fastest pace since June 1997
Construction activity in June expanded at the fastest pace since June 1997 according to the latest PMI data, largely thanks to a sharp rise in new orders. The index rose to 66.3 with sharp increases in business activity seen across all three main areas of the construction sector.
Life Sciences: A Vision for the Future
The Government’s bold new life sciences vision, as set out in its recently published 10-year strategy , will forge a path to build on its pandemic response and solve some of the biggest and most pressing healthcare challenges facing our generation.
Market Update Q3 2021
This market update webinar includes the latest market views, an overview of G&T's Tender Price forecast for Q3 2021, as well as an expert panel discussion on the ongoing opportunities and constraints following the COVID-19 pandemic and current fluctuations in the market.
COVID Recovery - Hold Your Nerve!
We live in strange times – a saying perhaps never more used than over the last 16 months. As we look forward to a post-COVID normality, is normality what we will get? The construction industry has seen materials price increases across a whole range of areas, giving the highest increase for 15 years. What’s causing this sudden spike in prices and how do we navigate through this period of uncertainty?
Construction work to the end of May 2021 up 5% on previous quarter
Glenigan's latest Construction Review shows that construction work starting in the three months to the end of May 2021 was up 5% on the previous quarter. The average value of jobs starting in the quarter was £5.395m - a 49% increase on the whole of 2020.
New orders and output rise again in May's construction PMI survey
New construction orders increased at the fastest rate since the survey began in April 1997 according to May’s IHS Markit/CIPS UK construction PMI. The total activity index rose to 64.2 in May (from 61.6 in April), indicating that the construction sector remains on a strong recovery path.
NHS Estates: Cost Modelling for Operational Net Zero
The built environment contributes around 40% of the UK's total carbon footprint. It is therefore recognised that significant and collaborative changes to the design and operation of buildings are required if the 2050 net zero carbon emissions target set by the UK Government is to be achieved.
Market Update - May 2021
G&T's Market Update for May 2021 provides an overview of the UK construction market. Against a backdrop of ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and new Brexit trading rules, our latest report highlights changes to key macro-economic indicators over the reporting period as well as construction-specific metrics such as the UK Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), construction output, new orders and key material costs.
Output and new orders edge higher in Q1 but price pressures mount
Deloitte’s latest London Office Crane Survey reveals construction starts rose 20% but most starts involve upgrading existing office stock, former NBS boss casts doubt on whether new post-Brexit certification rules will be ready in time, RIBA Future Trends Index show architectural practices remain upbeat on workloads, ISG report finds that UK’s built environment will need to reduce energy consumption by 80% to meet 2050 net-zero carbon targets
Industrial and Logistics: The Race for Space
With the global pandemic creating an e-commerce boom, the industrial and logistics sector is looking at how it can address the surge in demand for space. Amazon’s recently announced plans to open more warehouses and delivery bases in the north and south of England is evidence that the pandemic has accelerated the transition from physical to online shopping.
Low Carbon Buildings: G&T’s Observations
Based on our own observations there are an increasing number of alternatives to traditional cement and concrete. For example, blended cements and concretes that store carbon and are made from entirely different materials such as wood, hempcrete, straw bales and mycelium.