Market Features

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    Same old problems continue to dog Kier


    The firm has a good long-term story to tell if only it could get its debt down and sell its housing business, writes Dave Rogers

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    Grange University Hospital: How offsite methods helped deliver covid-19 beds and fast-track the whole build


    Wales’ biggest ever health infrastructure project, the £350m Grange University Hospital, was planned from the start for rapid delivery, using offsite methods and a collaborative approach – but then covid-19 struck and the client needed beds available even faster. How did the project team do it?

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    The taskforce speaks: why construction needs the CLC’s roadmap to recovery


    The Construction Leadership Council has set out a two-year strategy to get the industry back on its feet. Building invited three members of the taskforce that developed it to explain how the plan will work

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    How the pandemic is driving digital uptake


    Construction is facing a difficult year, with covid-19 restrictions crippling site productivity. Yet at a webinar discussion hosted by Building, technology experts shared an optimistic view of how the sector’s responsive adaptations could drive long‑term improvement.

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    Get ready for the building safety regulator


    The key proposals on building safety made by Dame Judith Hackitt in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster are finally about to be implemented in law. Building invited industry experts to discuss the coming changes

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    This is Manchester: What’s behind the city’s building boom?


    The city is enjoying an unprecedented boom – so much so that it has been dubbed ‘Manc-hattan’. But what’s behind this rush of activity?

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    Market review: Falling forecasts


    Declines in productivity and real wages, along with the uncertainty around Brexit, are driving down growth forecasts. But only one economic sector actually shrank in Q3 2017 - construction

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    Market review: Infrastructure steps up


    The Budget delivered more cash for infrastructure – which accounted for the biggest share of new contracts in November – but forecasts were downgraded

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    Market review: Portents of decline


    Its second consecutive quarter of falling output puts the construction sector technically into recession – while the rest of the economy is growing slowly

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    Cladding sector: Think you've got it covered?


    Several cladding firms may have fallen in recent years, but the collapse of Lakesmere this month came as a shock. If this can happen to the biggest firm in the sector – one seemingly in robust health – how worried should the others be?

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    Market review: On the rails


    In construction, activity is holding up, partly thanks to a big boost from HS2 contract awards in September

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    Birmingham-Manchester corridor: our trends in the North


    As work on HS2 gathers pace, one regional venture aims to capitalise on the potential to build in the Birmingham-Manchester corridor

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    Market review: Subdued growth


    Construction output continues to dip against a background of rising inflation and slowing wider economic growth

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    Market review: Looking downwards


    Construction activity has declined during the second quarter, despite overall UK growth, and contract values are decreasing

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    DUP: Done deal?


    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?

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    Market review: Picking up


    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

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    Show us the money, Mr Hammond


    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?

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    Market review: Crawling along


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

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    How Brexit got personal


    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?