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 […]

The specification sales team is an expensive resource, but used effectively it can create demand, reduce the importance of price and transfer influence away from the supply chain to the manufacturer. Effective specification selling is an important skill for the construction professional, the benefits are: Reducing the focus and thus importance on price – By […]

Construciton CPD seminars are an effective tool for starting new relationships or enhancing an existing one with construction specifiers. This Twitter Chat with @CompA_Ashworth and @BarbourNews reviews how to use CPD to build relationships with construction specifiers. #SpecStrategy

Wholesale adoption of BIM critical to modernisation of construction Mark Farmer, in his article for BIM plus talks about the need to scale up the digital agenda for construction. He says “I see the digital journey in the construction industry as being one of the most important enablers of change and modernisation” He explains how […]

Glenigan have published their 2017 Construction Industry Forecast, which shows that expectations for 2017 construction activity has softened during 2016. This is due to economic and political uncertainties. The 2016 JLL and Glenigan UK Commercial Construction Activity Index highlights that construction activity fell sharply following the referendum, yet some sectors remain resilient, particularly hotels and […]

As part of Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement a sum of £23bn is to be invested in infrastructure, in the form of the National Productivity Investment Fund. This was welcomed by the civil engineering profession, yet they flagged concerns about priorities and delivery, as well as addressing the skills gap. £2.3bn of the National Productivity Investment […]

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) recently announced at its industry leaders’ briefing a vision for the industry. Stating that the industry cannot deliver the homes and infrastructure needed in the UK by continuing to do things the way it always has. This echoes the message from the Farmer Report which challenges the construction sector to […]