BREEAM certification is becoming more important


In May, Glenigan confirmed that BREEAM certification is becoming more important in the commercial and industrial sectors, where knowledge and experience with BREEAM is helping to win contracts. BREEAM is a sustainability assessment method that helps to ensure that buildings are designed, constructed, and operated in a way that minimizes their environmental impact. This is […]

Industry Insights – May

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Contract awards fell back to £4.7bn with continued uncertainty – Barbour ABI’s view After recent strength, contract awards have slipped back in April with £4.7bn. Among other industry insights in May, Barbour ABI stated that the uncertainty and constraints caused fluctuations between high and low activity levels each month. Contract awards fell by 33% month-on-month […]

Downward trend for construction starts continues into May

Sparks from Steel

The Glenigan Index of construction starts continues to report a decline in April. The value of underlying work starting on-site during the three months to April fell 23% against the preceding 3 months to finish 41% lower than a year ago. Downward trend for construction starts continues – Glenigan’s view The overall decline in construction […]

New Fire Safety Regulations and Guides

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Fire regulations continue to evolve in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. New legal provisions were recently laid in parliament, which form phase 3 of the Home Office’s fire safety reform programme. New fire safety regulations come into force on 1st October Phase 3 amendments will improve fire safety in all buildings regulated by […]

Prison construction gets a boost whilst project starts remain low

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According to the latest construction industry data, the amount of project starts is at a 10 year low. However, there are some industry bright spots: prison construction gets a boost, and the hotel construction pipeline looks strong. In this overview, we summarise the latest construction industry data from analysts at Barbour ABI and Glenigan. Prison […]

The impact of rising energy costs on the construction industry

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The energy crisis has impacted the construction industry The impact of rising energy costs on the construction industry included eye-watering fuel prices that led to a spike in material costs. Ultimately resulting in many projects being postponed. On the plus side, the energy crisis has brought forward infrastructure projects and encouraged energy efficiency improvements. The […]

Construction industry predictions for 2023

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Construction industry forecasts for 2023 Tom Hall, Chief Economist at Barbour ABI predicts slower later stage planning and construction activity, particularly in the commercially sensitive sectors as the economy slows. Likewise, Glenigan’s construction industry predictions for 2023 show that project starts will fall by 2%. Read on for the 2023 construction industry predictions from data […]

Combining existing and new structures in a refurbishment project

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Combining new structures with existing structural frames in a refurbishment project Wigan Life Centre is a public services hub that delivers a range of council services and leisure facilities. The main contract was awarded to Morgan Sindall, who in turn appointed Elland Steel to supply and install the structural package for both the north and […]

Industry Insights – January

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New Records in 2022 The construction industry has proved it’s resilience over the last 12 months. Although sector activity was mixed, the industry overcame challenges and saw a record amount of contract awards and planning approvals.   2022 saw record levels – Barbour ABI’s view According to the Barbour ABI January Snap Analysis,  the high […]

Our 2022 review and what’s in store for us in 2023

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Reflecting on the year’s wins, challenges and recovery 2022 was a challenging year with industry-wide challenges that have tested the sector’s resilience. While Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine caused price rises and material shortages, contractors and clients have persevered, delivering projects to reinvigorate the economy. In spite of the challenges, 2022 was a year of […]