Recent construction figures show mild growth despite a decline forecast for 2018 Construction output grew by 3.3% in the three months to July 2018, the ONS report, this was driven by growth in both repair and maintenance, and all new work, which increased by 5.3% and 2.3% respectively. The ONS also report output grew by […]

Mild decline forecast for construction, despite mild recovery in Quarter 2 Moderate fall in construction growth forecast for 2018 Construction is expected to experience a moderate fall in growth for 2018, following five years of consecutive growth. According to The Construction Products Association’s Summer Forecasts growth for the whole of 2018 is anticipated to fall […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 ONS have released their Construction output in Great Britain: June 2016 and April to June 2016. Output was estimated to have decreased by 0.7% in Q2 2016 when compared to Q1 2016, with all new work decreasing by 0.8% and all repair and maintenance decreasing by 0.5%. In June 2016, output decreased by 0.9% […]

At the end of March the Government Construction Strategy 2016 – 20 was released. The strategy presents ideas on improving efficiencies and increasing productivity in government construction, to deliver £1.7 billion efficiencies and support 20,000 apprenticeships. It is hoped increased productivity will support government to deliver the £163 billion of planned projects identified in the spring 2016 […]

The ONS have released their Output in the Construction Industry June 2015 and Quarter 2 figures. These show that in Q2 2015, output was estimated to have increased by 0.2% compared with Q1 2015. Also that between Q2 2015 and Q2 2014 estimated output increased by 2.4%. This saw all new work increase by 1.0% […]

The ONS have released a statement defending their UK construction output data. The statement says that ONS figures were ‘the biggest and best measure of the UK construction sector’.  This follows criticism for accuracy of their data by construction economists last month, due to the ONS figures suggesting the construction sector entered recession at the […]