Market Research Bulletin
Market Research Bulletin: Timber prices set to bounce back in 2020 amid shortages and supply delays
Gap between new orders and output widens as construction output rebounds in November, Wates commits to produce zero waste from its on-site operations and to become carbon neutral by 2025, UK Construction PMI contracts for eighth successive month in December but business confidence is on the rise plus more news and analysis from across the construction industry
Market Research Bulletin: Construction new orders rise driven by strong new housing data
Construction PMI edges higher in November but activity in the sector continues to contract, construction related disputes rise for the third consecutive year, Investment firm M&G suspends withdrawals from its commercial Property Portfolio as investors head for the door, Scottish Government opens consultation on the use of cash retentions within construction contracts plus more news and data from across London and the UK.
Market Research Bulletin: Latest findings from the Deloitte Winter Crane Survey
Affordable home delivery increases 22% in 2018/19 but social rented accommodation “not being delivered at the scale and pace the country needs”, BAM Nuttall uses new AI system that can predict concrete strength on its London City Airport expansion project, De Monfort University researchers create new super-insulating house brick made out of domestic plastic waste plus more news and data from across London and the UK.
Market Research Bulletin: Migration of flexible office space to city outskirts is creating a 'Flex Economy'
Migration of flexible office space to the outskirts of major UK cities is creating a 'flex economy', UK construction output picks up in Q3 as new work output beats expectations, Landsec launches new sustainability strategy with the aim of being a net zero carbon business by 2030, British Land plans to cut its exposure to retail and moves forward with plans to become a mixed-use specialist plus more news and data from across London and the UK.
Market Research Bulletin: 2019 sees a record surge in purpose-built student accommodation
2019 sees a record surge in purpose-built student accommodation, smaller construction companies report slower workforce growth in the Federation of Master Builders latest survey, new white paper calls for a national resource exchange mechanism to encourage the widespread re-use of materials in construction, Government announces wins for the first tranche of a £30bn public sector construction framework plus more news and data from across London and the UK.
Market Research Bulletin: CPA downgrades construction output forecasts for 2020 and 2021 over Brexit uncertainty
The CPA downgrades its construction output forecasts for 2020 and 2021 over uncertainty on Brexit and major infrastructure delivery, the interest rate at which councils can borrow to fund new schemes increases by 1% to discourage "risky" investments, UK Green Building Council launches a paper containing suggested energy performance targets for commercial offices plus more news and data from across London and the UK.
Market Research Bulletin: Hospital schemes set to receive £2.7bn cash injection
G&T to provide cost management services on British Land’s new mixed-use Canada Water scheme, UK construction activity contracts for the fifth consecutive month according to the latest PMI survey, Government launches consultation on energy regulations to improve the efficiency of new homes from 2020, Hospital schemes set to receive £2.7bn cash injection as part of a new hospital building programme plus more news and data from across London and the UK.
Market Research Bulletin: HS2 Plans to Overhaul its Procurement Strategy
HS2 plans to overhaul its procurement strategy in an effort to attract more bidders, implementation of domestic reverse charge VAT for construction services delayed by a year, construction material price inflation is easing according to the latest BEIS data as demand for materials softens, Kier reports a £245m pre-tax loss in its results for the year to June 2019 as restructuring costs mount plus more news and data from across London and the UK
Market Research Bulletin: The Chancellor promises an "infrastructure spending revolution"
The Chancellor promises an "infrastructure spending revolution" in this autumn's National Infrastructure Strategy, Barratt has beaten a self-imposed target ahead of schedule, revealing that 20% of its homes were built using MMC, August's PMI shows a sharp reduction in new work as activity in the UK construction sector contracts for a fourth consecutive month
Market Research Bulletin: The City of London Corporation publishes the UK’s first wind microclimate guidelines
The City of London Corporation publishes the UK’s first wind microclimate guidelines for new development proposals in the Square Mile, public other new work suffers the most as the latest construction output figures show a 1.3% decline in Q2 2019, the government lowers its 95% prompt payment target on contractor invoice payments plus more news and data from across London and the UK
Market Research Bulletin: Iron ore prices begin to drift lower after July highs
Iron ore prices begin to drift lower after July highs, UK construction PMI rebounds from 10-year low but activity is still contracting, the CPA revises down its construction output forecasts over concerns about major infrastructure projects and latest official data shows that only four contractors are meeting the Government’s target for contractors to pay suppliers within 60 days
Market Research Bulletin: Fears grow that British Steel could be broken up
The latest ONS construction output figures show that ‘All Work’ output grew by 0.64% in May 2019 compared to the previous month. However, in the latest three month on previous three month series, total output growth flat lined, showing that there was 0% growth in the spring. Whilst all new work increased marginally over the latest three month period (0.3%), all repair and maintenance work fell (-0.5%).