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 […]

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, […]

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 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 […]

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 […]