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Embracing Sustainability and Committing to a Greener Future

Tom Reynolds, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, details some of the priorities and challenges in embracing sustainable actions within the bathroom space Sustainability is a guiding priority for the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA), evident in our operations, member activities, our annual Sustainability Awards and regular Sustainability Forums. Our recent Sustainability Forum took place … Read more

Cutting Through the Noise to Clarify Construction Data

The recent Construction Index article “Data gatherers differ in their diagnoses” appears to have got some key data points confused. What is clear is that firstly, there are a lot of statistics out there and secondly, construction is a very challenging beast to understand – not least when there are so many external factors at … Read more

The bigger picture (2022) and what factors will impact construction during 2023

2022 was a year that will be remembered for the end of Covid-19 restrictions, the conflict in Ukraine, the passing of the Queen, and a chaotic Summer and Autumn period for the UK Government, culminating in three different Prime Ministers. Some of these have had wider implications (although not solely responsible) on the UK economy, … Read more

The Future of the Built Environment

For this month’s content calendar blog, we are looking to the future of the built environment. What does it look like? With massive advances possible in technology, materials, automation, relationships, processes, diversity and countless other facets, it is impossible to know exactly what the next industrial revolution may look like. Within this blog, we will … Read more

Construction Activity in London Remains Strong According to Latest Figures

London leads the UK in the value of contracts awarded in Residential, Commercial & Retail, Industrial and Hotel & Leisure construction The June Super Sectors report from leading construction industry intelligence provider, Barbour ABI, shows construction projects in the capital continue to offer opportunities. The Super Sectors report is a monthly examination of Planning Application … Read more

Uncertainty Looms Across the Construction Industry

The Construction Industry in the UK is being adversely affected by the uncertainty caused by the cost-of-living crisis, inflation, which is running at 25% for building materials, and the continued disruption caused to supply chains by the conflict in Ukraine and ongoing pandemic issues, says leading construction industry intelligence provider, Barbour ABI in its latest … Read more

Could the Post Covid Construction Boom be Over?

Value of contracts awarded stable at lower levels than the recent past Lowest level of planning approvals since Sep 2021 Residential planning applications at lowest level since May 2020 The latest data from leading construction industry intelligence provider, Barbour ABI, indicates that April’s downward trend has continued into May and could signal the end of … Read more

Home Improvement Projects on the Rise in 2022

Barbour ABI’s Annual Home Improvement Report reveals planning applications in 2021 up 25% on pre-pandemic levels Optimism tempered by potential impact of cost-of-living crisis, economic uncertainty, political instability and inflation Leading construction industry intelligence provider, Barbour ABI, has revealed the extent to which the Covid pandemic has impacted the home improvement industry in its annual … Read more

Are We Witnessing the Start of a Summer Slowdown in Construction?

Leading construction industry intelligence provider, Barbour ABI, has released its May Snap Analysis and the data reveals that in April levels of contract awards and planning approvals were well below those seen in March. Tom Hall, Chief Economist at Barbour ABI, said: “After a stellar performance for contract awards in March, activity was always likely … Read more

Education, Hospitality and Infrastructure Construction in Scotland Booms

Planning Approvals for Education and Hospitality Projects in Scotland Lead the UK Scotland is 2nd highest region in the UK for Infrastructure Contract Awards and Planning Approvals Could SNP policy be holding back construction in Medical & Healthcare? The March Super Sector report from leading construction industry intelligence provider, Barbour ABI, shows the pipeline for … Read more

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