At the end of November the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Budget. Following this the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) downgraded the projected economic growth rate, blaming it on weak productivity. The OBR cut growth forecasts from 2.0% to 1.5% for 2017/18, looking ahead to 2021 instead of the projected 2.0% the economy is also expected […]

Recent research, The Construction Media Index (CMI), provides valuable insight into the communication channels used by construction decision makers. As part of this Architects, Contractors, Housebuilders, Offsite Manufactures and Builders Merchants were asked about the construction trade journals they read. This guest blog, by Anna Hern of Ridgemount PR, presents some of the findings and […]

We now live in a world that is digitally connected. 2017 marks a major milestone in web usage as half of the world’s population is now connected to the internet. Therefore developing an effective online presence is essential. But how can you get heard in this busy world? Recent research, The Construction Media Index, provides […]

In 67 per cent of local authorities in England, insufficient houses were built to meet demand in 2015/16 (DCLG 2016; DCLG 2017). Across England, of the 265,936 houses that are needed, just 189,650 new dwellings (71 per cent) were provided. While other factors, such as money supply, play their part, this is impacting on the […]

The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI November 2017 report shows a marginal upturn in construction output for October, led by housing activity. However, confidence regarding a 12-month outlook dropped to its weakest since December 2012. The Index registered 50.8 in October up from 48.1 in September moving back above the 50.0 neutral mark; however this […]

Recent research, The Construction Media Index, provides valuable insight into the communication channels used by construction decision makers. As part of this Architects, Contractors, Housebuilders, Offsite Manufactures and Builders Merchants were asked about the events they attend. This guest blog, by Catherine Caplis of CIB, presents some of the findings and considers if event marketing […]

In developed countries buildings commonly account for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. The built environment is a significant target when looking to reduce emissions. Yet many new buildings use twice as much energy and have double the carbon emissions than predicted. What is causing this energy performance gap? A study led by Prof David Coley […]

“I want to send the clearest possible message to housebuilders that we the Government will make sure the land is available, we’ll make sure you have the skills you need, and in return, you must do your duty to Britain, and build the homes our country needs.” Will Theresa May’s message to housebuilders make a […]

The ONS have released their Construction Output in Great Britain: August 2017 figures, showing that construction output contracted by 0.8% on a 3 month on 3 month basis in August, but remains at relatively high levels. This decline was mainly due to decreases in both repair and maintenance and all new work falling 0.6% and […]

To mark the launch of the 2017 Construction Media Index research reports we held a Twitter Chat. In this chat Chris Ashworth answers questions on how best to communicate with all specifiers within the construction decision making unit, referencing research findings. The Construction Media Index research aims to inform your communications strategy. Helping you choose […]