Industry Insights November

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November construction insights: Contract awards continue to defy expectations In this month’s industry insights, we review the latest construction data from Barbour ABI and Glenigan. October was a strong month for contract awards and the level of planning approvals remains stable for the third month. Although it has been a good month for contract awards, […]

Construction industry supply chain challenges and predictions

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Will Rising Energy Prices Continue to Affect Material Costs in 2023? It has been a challenging year for the construction industry, following Brexit and the impact of global lockdowns. Materials and labour shortages have been synonymous with the construction industry. Plus, on top of this, the war in Ukraine has resulted in sanctions, restrictions and […]

Industry insights for October and Q3 review

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The latest analysis from industry commentators shows both peaks and troughs in activity. In this month’s industry insights, we review the planning applications, approvals, contract awards and project-starts. According to the latest construction industry data and economists, there were more contract awards than expected in Q3. The data also shows that despite recent economic turmoil, […]

Refurb work and retaining structural elements

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Refurb work Over recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of refurb work that avoids demolition. This is especially true for London, where there is a high demand for commercial space and a desire from investors to extend a lettable area of an existing structure. There are many reasons why refurb work […]

Overcoming challenges with a collaborative approach

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Close collaboration helps to mitigate risks and find the best solutions to challenges. Good communication during the design stage is vital for sharing specialist knowledge, especially for tricky applications that require technical expertise. On both small applications and large complex projects, Elland Steel work with many industry specialists to find ways to overcome challenges and […]

Industry Insights September

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Construction Industry Insights September 2022 The latest analysis from industry commentators shows both peaks and troughs in activity as planning applications and approvals, contract awards, and project starts are all reviewed. While the data for the third quarter is gloomy, September showed a slight improvement on August, and the decline in project-starts has begun to […]

Improving buildability through early design collaboration

Collaborating to improve buildability Constructability issues can arise from a design, which did not sufficiently embody the knowledge and expertise of the construction phase. Whereas, at the opposite end of the scale, close collaboration has the potential to lead to more efficient construction processes. Improving buildability through early design collaboration optimises construction projects. Close collaboration ensures […]

Industry Insights August

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Construction Industry Insights August 2022 Activity remains weak in the construction sector with the value of planning approvals falling. Despite the rising inflation, fragile consumer confidence and higher interest rates, July was another good month for contract awards. The value of contract awards has increased by 13% for the second month running, providing some respite […]

‘Let’s build something that lasts’

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The value of trusted working relationships in construction: Chariman, and former Managing Director, Mark Denham shares what makes Elland Steel’s team stand out to clients:  ‘Let’s build something that lasts’ – that’s our promise to clients at Elland Steel. We’re focused on building strong relationships with our clients so that together we deliver striking, functional […]