Construction reacts to the Autumn Budget and Market figures show mild recover in Q3 Construction reacts to the Autumn Budget Phillip Hammond, in his Autumn 2018 Budget, declared ‘austerity is finally coming to an end’. He also confirmed that all spending plans would go ahead regardless of the outcome of Brexit, thanks to lower borrowing […]

Subdued construction output reported, with falls in new orders The ONS report Construction output fell by 3.4% during the three-month on three-month period to April 2018, the biggest fall seen since August 2012. This was mainly driven by falls in both repair and maintenance and new work. Despite this the April RIBA Architects’ Future Trends […]

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. […]

When marketing construction products, the focus is often on benefits of price. Yet there are many influences on construction product selection. With demand for a product influenced not just by its performance but by how it interacts with external forces. Recently KPMG reported that the value of the UK government construction pipeline has grown by […]

Housebuilding Initiatives At the beginning of the year government announced radical plans to fast-track construction of affordable homes on publicly owned land. The policy is aimed at helping to deliver the commitment to create 200,000 starter homes over the next 5 years. The government says this policy will lead to homes being built at a […]

For a building product manufacturer the need to provide BIM support will become as necessary as the provision of standard specification clauses or CAD details. To benefit from BIM you need to understand how your building products should be presented and the information that will be required. Then, just as standard specifications are provided today, […]

With BIM being such a hot topic and the recent release of the BIM4M2 research – BIM Adoption by Product Manufacturers, I decided to attend the BIM4M2 Panel discussion at Ecobuild. I wanted to find out what information and advice the panel members would give manufacturers looking to adopt BIM, On the panel were members […]

Following the publication of new research by BIM4M2 and the recent Barbour ABI Twitter chat with Steve Thompson Chair of BIM4M2, many interesting points have been raised around the challenges of BIM adoption faced by construction product manufacturers. The government’s 2016 deadline is just around the corner. The BIM4M2 research states just under 50% of respondents […]

Recent research by BIM4M2 with 188 product manufacturers states that over half who have BIM consider their investment to have been worthwhile. So what can be learnt from product manufacturers that have already adopted BIM? How can you make your investment worthwhile? In this blog I take a look at the findings from the research […]

BIM Adoption by Product Manufacturers is a 53 page report that takes an in depth look at manufacturers’ decisions around BIM including their reasons to invest, timescales for those investments, processes for developing BIM content and routes to market. The survey of 188 UK organisations was conducted by Competitive Advantage between July and October 2014 on behalf of BIM4M2 […]