Check out our latest blog posts, which provide commentary and opinions on issues and trends in the construction and contracting industry.
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 […]
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 […]
Construction costs in the capital are set to rise by 2.8% this year alongside cooling tendering activity, according to a new study by Turner & Townsend. The quantity surveying firm’s International Construction Market Survey 2018 states that, while global construction volume is increasing, there is an overall reduction in the UK. London continues to push […]
The North/South divide in UK construction costs is closing, according to Turner & Townsend’s International Construction Market Survey 2017. The research, which examines 43 construction markets around the world, reveals the average construction cost per square metre. But while construction cost inflation in the South of England is set to fall from 3.5% to 2%, […]
The house building sector is thriving, according to figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF). NHBC reports that 42,470 new homes were registered in Q1 of this year – a 10 year high and a 17% year-on-year rise. Affordable housing has seen a significant growth in registrations, increasing […]
Staff retention is a big issue in a labour market where skills are often short, but the answer does not lie just in last-ditch attempts to dissuade employees from leaving. In this article, we explore the impact of construction management software on staff retention in the construction industry. While the last few years have brought […]
Costs are rising in the construction industry, but here we explore how investing in the right construction accounting software can help you take control. The UK construction sector has been expanding in recent months, but the issue of rising costs remains as a negative threat to companies who fail to take the right action. The […]
Recent research by Eque2 which explored the biggest concerns amongst senior finance professionals at construction firms showed that Brexit is surprisingly low on the list. It is not that nobody is giving it any thought, but with only nine per cent raising it, it seems that, at the very least, the prospect of Britain leaving […]
The economic turbulence of recent years has been a major wake-up call for the construction sector in the UK. After the biggest recession in a generation there has been a general recovery, but if anyone thought that the road ahead would be a smooth one, Brexit changed all that, but as yet nobody knows exactly […]
Brexit may mean Brexit, but it also means the government investing more in infrastructure. Six months on from the historic referendum in which Britons voted to leave the European Union, many are none the wiser about the consequences. While the government has given a deadline of when it will invoke Article 50 – court cases […]
The publication of the Construction Leadership Council’s ‘Modernise or Die’ report this year highlighted a range of areas in which the sector needs to adapt to the future if it is to remain fit for purpose. Given the lingering effects of the economic crisis and the uncertainties of Brexit, it would be unwise for any […]
While the survey evidence is conflicting, the UK construction industry is undoubtedly in a better place than during the difficult years of the recession
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