The latest mid-year forecast for 2017 from Glenigan shows that political uncertainty and doubts over the Brexit negotiations are slowing the construction industry’s prospects for the next 2 years. The forecasts suggest that the total value of underlying new project starts is set to rise by just 1% in 2017 and a further 2% in […]

According to the report from IHS Markit and CIPS UK Construction PMI, last month saw residential building outperform commercial construction and civil engineering activity, despite the most recent increase occurring at the slowest pace in three months. A new study from Glenigan reveals the number of affordable housing units in the planning pipeline leapt by […]

With the General Election over and done with focus turns once again to Brexit. Some experts believe that as the UK leaves the EU some of the large construction projects in the UK will be undermined by uncertainty around foreign investment, as well as the cost and availability of labour and materials. Meanwhile some of […]

A major CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) report into migration and the construction industry has revealed that a third of firms employ migrant workers. Over a third of employers who employ staff from outside the UK say they do so because there are not enough skilled applicants from the UK, rather than for cheaper labour. […]

One way for the construction industry to learn and adapt is to learn from other sectors. Toyota, following WWII, pioneered a method known as lean production. This has been adapted for the building sector and is known as lean construction. Surely lean construction is a perfect fit for BIM? Another method pioneered following WWII is […]

A recent poll from Reuters suggests that planning regulations should be relaxed to help ease the home ownership crisis. The Reuters poll revealed that experts believe nationally prices are expected to rise 2.1 per cent this year and 2.0 per cent in 2018 and 2019. Experts polled by Reuters said loosening planning regulations is the […]

The result of the UK general election has created greater uncertainty during a critical time, a time when Brexit talks are set to begin. Changes made to the cabinet are also contributing to this uncertainty. Housing Minister Gavin Barwell lost his seat in government, however he has been appointed as Teresa May’s chief of staff. Alok Sharma has been […]

The ONS have released their Construction Output in Great Britain: March 2017 and January to March 2017 figures, showing that construction grew for the 5th consecutive period on a 3 month on 3 month basis, rising by 0.2% for Q1 2017. Supporting this positive view the Glenigan Index April 2017 shows the value of work starting on […]

Offsite construction continues to grab the headlines, with the CITB publishing a report on Building Skills for Offsite Construction and announcing training courses for those working in the sector. No doubt these will be needed, as another modular homes factory has been announced, this time by AECOM who plan to use it to provide 3000 […]

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 […]