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A quarterly analysis of changes to the main construction cost indices, material prices and labour costs shows continuing upward movement
Civil engineering activity built further on its September gains after four months of decline, while non‑residental was the only sector in which activity failed to grow last month
The initial market reaction to the Brexit vote was muted, with output soon recovering strongly, but the trend seems likely to have turned, just as our exit from the EU is imminent. Michael Hubbard of Aecom reports
Civil engineering activity finally returned to growth in September, after four months of contraction, while the other sectors stayed steady
Values in the workplace are changing, which in turn means that what occupiers want from an office building is also evolving rapidly
With workload and enquiries remaining level, lead times stayed steady for all except two packages – both were driven higher by pressure on design and manufacturing resources
Construction output in the second quarter of 2018 rose by 1% compared with last year, but most sectors seem to be feeling the growing uncertainty around Brexit
Activity indices rose in August for all sectors except civil engineering, which hit its lowest level for six months
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
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