Offsite manufacture, including volumetric construction, pods and panelised systems could provide solutions to the challenges faced by the construction industry. These pre-manufactured solutions could be the solution to the skills shortage, providing innovative construction techniques, speeding construction, whilst maintaining or improving standards. In this blog we review the case for offsite manufacture and the opportunities […]

Construction to maintain post-referendum momentum, yet fortunes are mixed The Construction Products Association has released their latest construction forecasts, showing that construction output is expected to grow by 0.8% in 2017, 0.7% in 2018 and 2.2% in 2019. Whilst showing that construction will maintain its post-Referendum momentum, these forecasts are also masking considerable variation in […]

Government published its Industrial Strategy as a Green Paper – The objective of the modern industrial strategy is to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. The paper focuses upon growth through science, technology and innovation rather than through established, traditional industries; and poses several questions […]

Government has grabbed the headlines with its whitepaper “Fixing our broken housing market”. The paper sets out plans to reform the residential sector and boost the supply of homes in England. These include measures to deal with the high cost of renting and more relaxed planning rules. HBF comments: “the White Paper recognises that it […]

Three construction industry bodies, BESA, CIBSE and The CPA, have all come together to clear up confusion over the process of standardising product information in BIM. All three have agreed on the respective roles of the ‘LEXiCON’ and ‘BIMHawk’ tools in developing standardised product data parameters and structure. This should now resolve the confusion over […]

The construction of a building involves many people: Architects; Designers; Engineers; Contractors; Sub-Contractors all working together to meet the needs of the Client. The Client is at the head of the procurement chain; ultimately the Client decides what is to be constructed, where, when and by whom. In this blog we take a look at […]

Key Account Management (KAM) is a tailored specification sales approach, that allows you to work more efficiently with chosen construction clients. KAM is not a simple buyer-seller relationship. It is a professional sales approach, which involves the construction supplier and client’s business working together to gain understanding of each others business and achieve common goals. It means that the […]

In our presentation, 2016 Construction Markets – a year in review, we look back at the highs and lows of 2016. Including how the UK construction market reacted to the EU referendum and the budget statement. The NBS have also written a review of construction in 2016, explaining how uncertainty has been the underlying theme and what […]

At the end of last year the government set out a new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline (NPIF) with over £500 billion worth of planned private and public investment over this Parliament and beyond with more than 40% of the pipeline being delivered thanks to government investment. At the end of December we saw the appointment […]

It’s here! The long awaited ‘Bonfield Review’ has been issued. The framework sets out 27 recommendations covering consumer protection, advice and guidance, quality and standards, skills and training, compliance and enforcement, insulation and fabric, home energy technologies, smart meters and application in social housing. As part of the initial stage of planning, the Review Team […]