A year has passed since the government BIM level 2 mandate came into force and the UK is seeing world leading development being done in the area of BIM. Yet since the level 2 Mandate, Brexit fears have exacerbated the skills gap faced by the industry, as well as impacted on the costs of materials. […]

2017 Spring Budget – no new major announcements for construction The CPA, in response to the budget, say anyone seeking major announcements are likely to be disappointed, going on to say there were only a handful of announcements relevant to construction. Many of these were carried over from the previous autumn budget, including a £220 million fund […]

Accord, a West Midlands housing association, which has been producing timber-framed factory-built homes through its LoCaL Homes arm since 2011 is now looking for partners to roll out the concept. The Dutch approach to volume custom-build is coming to the UK. Allowing plot owners to choose from a pool of six architect-led ‘home manufacturer’ teams, […]

Arcadis recently warned that Brexit could see British construction miss out on 215,000 workers, calculating that the recruitment need is equivalent to employing one new worker every 77 seconds! This is also backed by research from RICS, which reveals that large construction projects could be at risk if the UK leaves the EU single market, as […]

For the construction product manufacturer marketing to architects is a key business strategy; creating awareness of products so that they’ll be included in designs, thereby creating ‘demand pull’ through the supply chain, and eventually sales. The architect is one of the most important members of the design team, distilling the requirements and advice of other […]

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 […]