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Arcadis’ Will Waller analyses the 2018 Arcadis annual survey of global construction costs
Material and labour prices are continuing to rise, but global economic uncertainty may affect the numbers in future
Activity, employment prospects and demand are all showing slower growth, with the cost of labour, materials shortages and financial constraints on the rise.
With government pushing the offsite agenda and a growing housing sector needing to access new capacity, how can clients position themselves to take advantage of the benefits of offsite construction?
Repair and maintenance drives growth, ONS figures say
The industry is still looking strong, with growth and confidence holding up, but some weaker areas are beginning to show even as supply constraints continue
Overall activity remains strong, but those working on non-residential and civil engineering projects are starting to experience a fall in work in hand.
More packages experienced an increase in lead times than in the previous quarter, while a growing number of companies are struggling to find skilled labour as workloads increase
The motor industry is gradually shifting to electric vehicles, but the rate of adoption is highly dependent on the rollout of charging infrastructure
Construction output in Q1 of 2018 was 3% below that of a year ago, with public housing contributing most to the fall – while private housing showed healthy growth again
Overall activity levels slipped closer to the no-growth point, although repairs and maintenance were up. New orders kept on growing strongly, but new enquiries less so.
Costs continue to rise steadily, as a result of ongoing domestic demand for materials and labour
Activity increased across all sectors compared with March, and most of all in civil engineering. Tender prices are also still on the rise, but new orders are growing more slowly
Brexit looms ever larger, with no answers as yet, while output continues a gradual decline and firms struggle to turn rising input cost pressures into higher market selling prices
Activity is still rising, although more slowly in some sectors, while orders and enquiries are also on the up – although repair and maintenance is losing momentum
In this quarter, three packages report a shortening of lead times – reflecting the beginning of a decline in enquiries
Two decades on from the Egan report and with a construction sector deal on the way, will 2018 be the year for construction’s procurement revolution?
Mark Robinson of Aecom and Marc Levinson of Murphy Philipps Architects report on how primary care is at the forefront of this challenge and how construction can respond
Construction output in Q4 of 2017 was 1% above that of a year ago, with growth driven by new housing – and private housing proving particularly strong
Overall construction indicators mostly showed small if steady improvement in February, though civils went the opposite way
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