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Friday18 August 2017

LATEST MARKET FEATURE

Aecom indices for market forecast 28 August issue

Market forecast: Consistently uncertain

8 Aug 17

Construction data – both hard and soft – remains consistently inconsistent. Overall construction activity is slowing, but this doesn’t tell the full story

MORE MARKET FEATURES

Theresa May and Arlene Foster

DUP: Done deal?

3 Aug 17

With the Conservatives and DUP agreeing increased funding for the region, and a sizeable chunk of it going to infrastructure projects, Northern Ireland looked to be the big winner from June’s election. But does ongoing political turmoil put much of this construction work at risk?

Market review

Market review: Picking up

26 Jul 17

Despite mixed messages it looks likely that growth in the UK economy will pick up in the second quarter. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction Market Review

Philip Hammond Mansion House

Show us the money, Mr Hammond

7 Jul 17

When Philip Hammond announced last month that UK Guarantees would include construction, many viewed it as a lifeline for infrastructure projects unlikely to have access to funding from the European Investment Bank after Brexit. But will this replacement work?

Cranes

Market review: Crawling along

27 Jun 17

Macroeconomic signals have been mixed over the past month and the economy had the slowest rate of growth of any G7 economy in Q1

Eugenie Bliah

How Brexit got personal

23 Jun 17

The focus of Brexit so far has been the possible impact on construction’s growing skills shortage. But how is the UK’s vote to leave affecting the EU nationals themselves and what can employers do to ensure that they stay?

Border

‘Projects won’t be delivered’

22 Jun 17

With the industry dependent on EU workers, major restrictions on immigration as part of a ‘hard Brexit’ could be disastrous

Bridge

Executive pay: Scrutiny on the bounty

15 Jun 17

Last month’s shareholder rebellion at Balfour Beatty’s AGM shows investors are now more willing to challenge large pay packets for the industry’s executives

Building A Better Brexit

Full house: Welcome to Parliament

9 Jun 17

Now that the election is over, a new parliament will convene. But are the incoming crop of MPs fully aware of how important the construction industry is for the UK economy?

CCS framework

CCS framework: No pain, no gain

8 Jun 17

The industry has waited a long time for the government’s £2.9bn construction consultancy framework. But doubts remain that all the problems have been ironed out. So will the wait have been worth it for the 32 firms on the scheme?

Flats under construction

Market review: Slow out of the blocks

26 May 17

While the recent economic results show only limited growth for the first quarter, the number of construction projects in April jumped by more than 25% on the previous month

Homes

Housebuilders' ground rent "scandal"

19 May 17

Government has now said it will crack down on ‘doubling’ leasehold ground rents, earlier in the year Building investigated this controversial industry practice

New work output - sector changes indexed to Q2 2010

Market forecast: Carry on regardless

16 May 17

The UK construction industry maintained notable growth rates and posted high output numbers but uncertainty endures on both the domestic and international stage

BIM

BIM: ‘They just don’t get it’

12 May 17

The latest survey from NBS shows take-up is growing but raises concerns that private clients don’t understand BIM and that the government is failing to enforce its own mandate

Market review

Market review: A bump on the road?

2 May 17

A monthly decrease in construction work belies longer-term growth, with the number and value of contracts substantially higher than a year ago. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction Market Review

Election 2017 leaders

The Brexit election

26 Apr 17

Before the parties nail down their manifestos, we take a look at what construction might expect from June’s vote

Sustainability

Sustainability: Dropping the ball

13 Apr 17

Environmentalists have been alarmed by Trump’s reversal of US climate change policies and signs that Brexit has diverted the UK government away from sustainability priorities

London skyline

Commercial towers: Riding high

6 Apr 17

The prospect of Brexit may not have stalled the wave of tall buildings under construction, but the market for towers is set to change as prime resi slumps

Drones

Drones: Something in the air

31 Mar 17

Put it this way: would you rather inspect the slipform of a tall tower by dangling off the 45th storey or by sending up a drone to do the job?

Market review

Market review: Earning more for less

23 Mar 17

The total value of construction contracts increased in February but the number of projects went down. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction Market Review

Building A Better Brexit

Manifesto: Working for a better Brexit deal

17 Mar 17

Our Building a Better Brexit campaign asked over 2,000 construction professionals what could make leaving the EU work for them

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