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  • Photo of Further decline in construction output highlights “loss of momentum”

    Further decline in construction output highlights “loss of momentum”

    As the industry battles the ongoing supply chain issue and labour shortages, monthly construction output fell 0.2% in volume terms in August 2021, now with the level of output 1.5% below its pre-coronavirus pandemic February 2020 level. New work remained flat this month (0.0%) with repair and maintenance falling (0.6%) on the month. Anecdotal evidence received from the Monthly Business Survey for Construction and Allied Trades survey suggested that the rising prices of raw materials such as steel, concrete, timber and glass, along with the difficulty in sourcing these materials for jobs, was a contributing factor to the monthly fall, which…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer records third consecutive confidence decrease

    UK Landscape Barometer records third consecutive confidence decrease

    All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare June 2021 to June 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time the survey was taken (August 2021) to the same time last year. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year The UK Landscape Barometer has reported that confidence has decreased for the third month in a row, now with only 31% feeling more confident. Unfortunately, this is a huge drop when compared to figures reported in May this year, where a staggering 92% of participants stated they were feeling more confident. It was after May that things appeared to deflate,…

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  • Photo of The beginnings of scale for custom build housing

    The beginnings of scale for custom build housing

    The Government have published the results of the Bacon Review following a commission by the Prime Minister to set out a plan for a major scaling of self-commissioned housing across all tenures in England. Custom Build Homes (CBH) welcomes the Report by Richard Bacon MP for South Norfolk which has taken several months to prepare. If fully implemented by the Government, it will lead to a significant increase in custom housebuilding – enabling many more people to create and design homes that work for them. The Report which has been ‘warmly welcomed’ by Secretary of State for Housing Communities and…

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  • Photo of Construction output falls for the third consecutive month

    Construction output falls for the third consecutive month

    According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), construction in the UK fell by 1.3% in June, and this was the largest monthly decline since December 2020 when output fell by 2.2%. The 1.3% (178M) fall recorded in June was due to a decline in repair and maintenance (4.2%) offset by a small increase in new work (0.5%). Construction output in June 2021 was 0.3% (£39 million) below the February 2020 pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic level; new work was 2.1% (£188 million) below this level, while repair and maintenance was 3.1% (£149 million) above. In contrast to the monthly fall, quarterly…

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  • Photo of Supply chain pressure and shortage of staff continue to hamper market

    Supply chain pressure and shortage of staff continue to hamper market

    The RICS construction and Infrastructure survey for Q2 2021 has confirmed that the supply chain is struggling under the huge pressure of keeping up with the increase in new housing and infrastructure across the UK. An increase in the private residential sector continued to lead in the construction market. 50% of respondents reported an increase in activity (this is up from 39% in the previous quarter, and is the strongest figure in the last six years). And, the infrastructure sector also saw a rise, with a net balance of 45% seeing an increase in activity (this is up from 34%…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer – May findings

    UK Landscape Barometer – May findings

    All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare May 2021 to May 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time of survey (July 2021) to the same time last year. The material shortage, perhaps unsurprisingly, continued to have a damaging effect on the industry. As a result of the ongoing lack of material availability, things appeared to finally start to slow down. Torrential rain dampened construction output, it dipped by 0.8% according to the ONS. And in addition, the UK economy also experienced a slow-down despite major lockdown restrictions lifting. Participant comments expressed that commercial…

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  • Photo of A wet spring dampens construction output in May

    A wet spring dampens construction output in May

    The torrential rain throughout May has been blamed for a fall in construction output as businesses lost working days. Monthly construction output fell by 0.8% in May 2021 compared with April 2021, falling to £13,960 million, and this follows the 0.7% monthly decline in April 2021. Both of these declines in monthly growths come after an exceptionally strong growth in February and March 2021 (3.7% and 4.7%) respectively. The fall occurred because of declines in both new work (0.4%) and repair and maintenance (1.5%), and this represents a drop of £115 million in monetary terms when compared with April 2021.…

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  • Photo of A 24-year-high in construction output growth

    A 24-year-high in construction output growth

    The bellwether IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI Total Activity Index hit 66.3 in June, up from 64.2 in May. This presenting the strongest rate of growth for 24 years (since 1997). Key findings included: a rapid rise in new business volumes during May, output growth accelerated to its strongest since September 2014, and cost inflation hit a fresh survey-record high. The May PMI data indicated that the UK construction sector was remaining strong on the path to recovery as output reached its strongest level since September 2014. The latest survey pointed to a rapid upturn in new business across the…

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  • Photo of House prices in April 2021

    House prices in April 2021

    House prices UK house prices increased by 8.9% in the year to April 2021, down from 9.9% in March 2021. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK decreased by 1.9% between March and April 2021, compared with a decrease of 1.0% during the same period a year earlier (March and April 2020). The North East showed the strongest house price growth. Prices rose by 16.9% in the year to April 2021. The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices increased by 3.3% in the year to April 2021. The UK Property Transactions Statistics showed that…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer records first confidence decrease this year

    UK Landscape Barometer records first confidence decrease this year

    The trading month for April 2021 saw a change in the industry’s overall performance. For the first time in five months, the UK Landscape Barometer has reported that confidence across the industry has decreased. Indeed, a staggering 47% of participants have told us that they are feeling less confident compared to the previous month. Alongside this seemingly dramatic drop, the barometer can also report that there has been a drop in the number of participants experiencing increases across all areas – apart from for staff, where data remained roughly static. Nonetheless, national turnover, enquires, projects, and conversion were still receiving…

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  • Photo of Construction output falls by 2% in April

    Construction output falls by 2% in April

    Monthly construction output fell by 2.0% in April 2021 compared with March 2021, falling to £13,961 million, and was the first month-on-month fall since December 2020 when output fell by 2.2% according to the Office of National Statistics. This comes directly after a strong increase in March 2021, where output increased by 5.8%. The fall occurred due to a decline in both new work and repair and maintenance work. New work fell by 2.9% (£261 million) in April 2021 compared with March 2021, which was the first fall since December 2020 when it fell by 3.4% (£290 million). Private new…

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  • Photo of Building back: construction needs 217,000 new workers by 2025

    Building back: construction needs 217,000 new workers by 2025

    After a rapid recovery in construction this year amid the slow easing of lockdown restrictions, the Construction Skills Network (CSN) has reported that by 2025 the sector will need to have recruited an additional 217,000 new workers just to meet the demand. According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to do well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%). The most in…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer records continued high performance

    UK Landscape Barometer records continued high performance

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  • Photo of Average cost for skilled labour increases 20 per cent in a year

    Average cost for skilled labour increases 20 per cent in a year

    The average costs for hiring tradespeople has risen by nearly 20% since the start of the lockdown a year ago, according to Hudson Contract. Hudson Contract is a payroll firm that manages the earnings of more than 30,000 construction workers, and also supplies more than 2,500 construction companies. All regions across England have seen double-digit earnings in growth year-on-year. In their latest analysis of earnings, data shows an average weekly pay of £878 during April – this is an increase of 19.6% compared to April 2020. Figures vary regionally, with the largest increase coming from the South West, and the…

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  • Photo of Construction officially recovers from COVID-19 fall

    Construction officially recovers from COVID-19 fall

    Construction output grew by 5.8% in March 2021 compared with February 2021. This lifts work to be above the pre-pandemic level recorded last February. Following monthly growth in March 2021, the level of construction output recovered to 2.4% above its pre-pandemic February 2020 level. The strong growth in activity in March was driven by both new work (6.7%) and repair and maintenance work (4.4%). The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the level of construction output in March 2021 was £14,251m. This is the highest since September 2019 when it was £14,381m. New orders increased by…

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  • Photo of Fastest rise in enquiries for building work in over a decade

    Fastest rise in enquiries for building work in over a decade

    During the first three months of 2021, local building firms across the UK saw the fastest increase of enquiries in a decade, according to new data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland. The latest FMB State of Trade Survey for 2021, the only survey of its kind to track the experience of small to medium-sized (SME) construction firms in the UK, also found that workloads and employment increased in the time from January to March 2021. Activity across all sectors grew, but repair, maintenance and improvement saw the strongest performance with 55% of survey respondents reporting increased workloads.…

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  • Photo of Has the pandemic sparked an increase in garden design?

    Has the pandemic sparked an increase in garden design?

    Last month Pro Landscaper’s UK Landscape Barometer discovered that there has been a significant increase in enquiries, projects, and conversion rates. Overall, there was an average increase of 90% in conversion, 92% in projects, and 97% in enquires for garden designers and the design and build industry. UK Landscape Barometer participants commented that they found the current average spend to be higher and that they are having to turn work away due to the huge increase in enquiries. So – what has prompted such a swift increase in the interest of garden design? Through-out the last year we have had…

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  • Photo of UK tradespeople fear business could get worse

    UK tradespeople fear business could get worse

    Tradespeople in the UK have expressed they are feeling less optimistic about the year ahead than their antipodean counterparts, according to recent research from Tradify. Whilst the majority of UK tradespeople believe that general business conditions will improve over the next year, 13% believe things will get worse – more than triple when compared to Australian trade business owners. Michael Steckler CEO at Tradify, spoke to The Trades Coach, Alison Warner, on the Evolve and Grow podcast about the findings of Tradify’s Pulse Report which looks at both the challenges and opportunities facing the trades’ industry in 2021.  The views…

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  • Photo of UK Landscape Barometer records positive performance

    UK Landscape Barometer records positive performance

    February 2021 saw a dominantly high performance across all industry types, displaying no declines, according to our latest UK Landscape Barometer. ONS recently released statistics stating that work in the construction industry saw an increase of 1.6% in February 2021, and our latest UK Landscape Barometer supports this. Nationally, projects were up 61% on average and conversion rose by 35%. OVERALL PERFORMANCE year-on-year Each sector experienced an increase in turnover in February 2021. On average, turnover rose by 31%. In addition, confidence has shown a continued steep increase since the beginning of this year. SECTOR PERFORMANCE year-on-year Domestic landscaping Domestic…

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  • Photo of New guide for sustainable house building

    New guide for sustainable house building

    New guide highlights the need for biodiversity to be considered at the early stages of planning home developments in order to reduce carbon emissions, encourage wildlife, and help reverse habitat decline. The impact of COVID-19 has shown the need for more accessible green and nature rich space. Over the last 50 years 58% of UK species have declined, and urbanisation is considered to be a key cause of this decrease due to the challenge it poses to local wildlife. The continued expansion of urban area acts as a challenging place for wildlife as it tackles with air, noise and light…

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  • Photo of House prices in February 2021

    House prices in February 2021

    House price headline statistics for February 2021: The average house price was £250,341 The annual price change for a property in the UK was 8.6% The monthly price change for a property in the UK was 0.0% The monthly index figure for the UK was 131.3 House prices UK house prices increased by 8.6% in the year up to February 2021, up from 8.0% on January 2021. This is the highest annual rate for growth since 2014. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK were unchanged between January and February 2021, compared with a decrease of…

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  • Photo of Double digit growth estimated for construction in 2021

    Double digit growth estimated for construction in 2021

    Construction activity has continued to grow throughout the first quarter of 2021 as it recovers from the impact of COVID-19, and is expected to hit double figure growth this year according to the Construction Product Association. The CPA forecasts that it will be next year before the industry recovers the output lost in 2020 to return to 2019 levels. However, the forecast also highlights the risks to the construction industry’s recovery which includes supply constraints for key imported construction products, and the concern around demand for housing, new builds, and repair, maintenance and improvement works and commercial space. Construction output…

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  • Photo of Construction output records show highest month on month growth since September 2020

    Construction output records show highest month on month growth since September 2020

    Construction output rose by 1.6% in February 2021, marking a second monthly rise according to the latest ONS figures. New work saw an increase of 1.5% and there was a 1.9% rise in repair and maintenance. This was the highest monthly growth in all work since September 2020 when it grew by 1.8%. The monthly increase in new work was due to growth in all new work sectors apart from infrastructure. The largest contributor to this growth was the private commercial sector which grew by 4.0%, and public new housing which grew by 13.5%. However, the level of construction output…

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  • Photo of Construction output increases by 1.7%

    Construction output increases by 1.7%

    Construction output was off to a good start this year – outperforming the overall economy in January 2021 despite the disappointing entrance into a third national lockdown. The sector grew by 0.9% in the month-on-month all work series, projecting a rise to £13,639 million according to the Office for National Statistics. This promising return to monthly growth follows the 2.9% fall in December 2020. Prior to this there were seven consecutive periods of monthly growth. However, this is still 2.6% below the pre-COVID February 2020 level. The level of new work was 6.4% below this whilst repair and maintenance work…

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    How important is sustainability?

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