Check out our latest blog posts, which provide commentary and opinions on issues and trends in the construction and contracting industry.
The Irish Times has reported a continued positive outlook for the construction industry in the Irish market with growth reaching a four-month high in December 2018. Activity has grown in both commercial and residential construction with purchasing activity rising at the fastest pace in the last nine months. During this period of growth, Eque2 has […]
A quarterly survey by the Construction Products Association (CPA) reports general growth in the construction industry, but sends a warning over rising costs. Following a weather-related boost to activity in the second quarter, most of the construction industry experienced growth in Q3 of 2018, according to The CPA’s Construction Trade Survey. During this quarter, 27% […]
This year’s Autumn Budget was released earlier than usual due to Brexit negotiations and is set to have a significant impact on the construction industry. Overall, the UK’s final Budget as an EU member promises greater investment in the construction industry, bringing welcome news to many companies involved either in minor works or major development […]
Digital technology can transform the construction industry, but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge, according to a new report. Unlocking Construction’s Digital future: A Skills Plan for Industry by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) shows how modern technologies can increase productivity and increase efficiency. Furthermore, the report warns […]
Last month, Eque2 and William Davis Homes joined forces to create a video case study showcasing a day in the life of the team at William Davis Homes featuring their development in Matlock Derbyshire. It captures how the company currently use the complete suite of Eque2’s Housebuilding software to effectively manage every part of the […]
Latest figures from The Builders’ Conference show that the total value of new construction contracts awarded in the UK in September reached the highest monthly total for more than a year. The construction trade association and market intelligence provider reported a total of £5.84bn in new contract awards in data derived from its unique league […]
Over the past decade, the role of the estimator in construction projects has evolved to incorporate wearing more hats which can, at times, eclipse ‘traditional’ duties. Estimators today are more collaborative in style and often have to utilise project management skills, which in turn have a greater impact on project costs and quality. Successful estimators […]
With a growing population requiring new homes and the government’s target of building 300,000 new homes per year, the housebuilding industry is showing signs of good health. We’ve witnessed great advances in housebuilding processes and materials in the last decade, reflected in the widespread adoption of on-site technology. While manual methods persist on certain sites […]
Construction output in the UK is forecast to hit 2.3% growth in 2019 despite a slight dip of 0.6% this year. The positive forecast from economists at the Construction Products Association is coupled with the expectation that growth will expand by nearly 2% in 2020. This will come as good news for civil contractors and […]
The construction industry saw a substantial increase in plant sales in the second quarter of 2018, reports the Construction Index. According to industry tradition, UK construction equipment sales tend to peak in the second quarter of the year and decline in the fourth. The positive news is that the number of construction and earthmoving machinery […]
MidKent College is encouraging more young women to study construction, in a bid to break down gender stereotypes and boost numbers joining the industry. Figures show the number of females opting to learn about the profession at the College in both further and higher education since 2014/15 has risen from 141 to 216 for 2018/19. […]
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has been transforming the tech strategy of nearly every industry in recent years but, as our previous blogs have acknowledged, the construction industry is yet to make the most of the tech revolution. A recent survey of over 300 global organisations found that construction companies will be more likely (84%) to […]
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