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Barometer March 2023: Are garden designers feeling the pinch?

Barometer March 2023: Are garden designers feeling the pinch?

In the month of the King’s coronation, confidence had increased for nearly half (44%) of our respondents, up from 41% last month – not that the coronation had anything to do with it, as far as we know. And it’s unlikely the economy would have either. It remains smaller than pre-Covid levels by 0.5%, growing only 0.1% between January and March....

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UK Landscape Barometer: December 2022 findings

UK Landscape Barometer: December 2022 findings

This month, the barometer has brought to light some positive news: confidence is on the rise from last month, and enquiries and turnover from December 2022 are either the same or on the up from the previous year. With spring around the corner, could the rise in the confidence this February compared to January be an indication of a spring market...

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BMF confirms Mike Tattam as commercial director

BMF confirms Mike Tattam as commercial director

Mike Tattam has been appointed commercial director for the Builders Merchants Federation with effect from 1 April 2023. Tattam has a career spanning over 35 years working with manufacturer brands in senior commercial roles. He brings experience across heavyside and lightside sectors, and with national and independent merchants as well as...

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UK Landscape Barometer: November 2022 findings

UK Landscape Barometer: November 2022 findings

As the new year begins 17% of our respondents have reported an increase in confidence. Despite this increase being only 1% more than the previous month, this could suggest a positive start to the year, despite an ongoing cost-of-living crisis and the loss of two large commercial landscaping companies towards the end of last year (read more on...

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Balfour Beatty secures c.£90m Fife College campus contract

Balfour Beatty secures c.£90m Fife College campus contract

Balfour Beatty today announces that it has been awarded a c.£90m contract by Fife College for the design and construction of a new learning campus in Dunfermline, Scotland. Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the delivery of three interlinking buildings spanning over 20,000m2, which will house state-of-the-art teaching facilities and learning...

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UK Landscape Barometer: October 2022 findings

UK Landscape Barometer: October 2022 findings

There has been a steady fall in enquires this year, similar to that of the lack of confidence in the industry. However, as the year comes to a close, we are seeing 6% of our respondents gain confidence in just one month (from 10% of respondents feeling more confident in November 2022 to 16% in December 2022). Enquiries are also slowly going up,...

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UK Landscape Barometer: September 2022 findings

UK Landscape Barometer: September 2022 findings

Confidence has taken another dive across the sectors compared to the previous month, but even more so compared to the same time last year, when confidence appeared to be on the up.   Design and build seems to have taken the biggest hit during September 2022. All respondents in this sector reported that their turnover had decreased from the...

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Wates to build 334 new mixed-tenure homes in Barking and Dagenham

Construction to start on £26m industrial park at Botany Bay

When complete, the scheme will deliver 33 units for light industrial and commercial use across 405,000 sq ft and a drive-thru food outlet. FI Real Estate Management received planning permission for the development from Chorley Borough Council in July and the development will be the largest ever built by their construction arm, FI Construction. FI...

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Green light for Cripplegate House refurbishment plan

Green light for Cripplegate House refurbishment plan

The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee has resolved to approve the refurbishment and extension of Cripplegate House, which will create 15,471 square metres of high-quality, Grade A flexible office floorspace together with a new community and cultural space. The refurbished and extended building at 1 Golden Lane –...

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UK Landscape Barometer: August 2022 findings

UK Landscape Barometer: August 2022 findings

The number of factors contributing to the lack of confidence within the landscaping industry keeps growing; the cost-of-living crisis, the threat of recession, the summer heat waves and overall uncertainty from clients themselves. Yet despite all of this, turnover remains steady with 50% of respondents reporting no change compared to last year...

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Selco gives staff £2.5m boost for cost-of-living crisis

Selco gives staff £2.5m boost for cost-of-living crisis

Selco is to unveil a £2.5m boost for its colleagues to help them deal with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Selco will provide 96% of its 3,000 colleagues with a payment of £750 spread over five months. The scheme will run from November until March, with £150 payments per individual each month, and has been implemented as a direct response to...

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Balfour Beatty appointed as sole contractor to Scape Civil Engineering frameworks worth up to a combined value of £4 billion

Balfour Beatty appointed as sole contractor to Scape Civil Engineering frameworks worth up to a combined value of £4 billion

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been appointed as the sole contractor to both the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework, covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework, covering the entirety of Scotland.  The frameworks are worth up to £3.25 billion...

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