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July provides some respite from the cost of living crisis

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The data within the latest release of Snap Analysis, our monthly industry snapshot, provided some respite from the planning environment’s recent downturn due to the cost of living crisis, supply chain distribution and rampant inflation. This is because contract awards bounced back to £7.2bn in July. July saw the second monthly rise in a row … 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

£1.2bn infrastructure project masks the fall in June

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June represents the end of another quarter. Thanks to the £6.8bn of contract awards which June produced, Q2 ended with a value of £5.9bn. Activity in June was held up strongly by the infrastructure sector, which masked the falls in commercially sensitive sectors. Infrastructure accounted for just over a third of all construction contract awards – … 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

Industrial activity dominates contract awards

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May saw the continuation of consistent contract awards, as they remained at the long term average with £5.5bn. This activity was held up high by industrial activity, thanks to the logistics subsector. With £1.5bn, the industrial sector returned to exceptional levels seen at the back end of 2021. Regionally, the South East saw the most … 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

£500m Everton FC Stadium Contract finally awarded

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After a record-breaking beginning to 2022, April was the month we finally saw contract awards resume to their average levels, with a total of £5.8bn. Despite an average month for contract awards, the hotel, leisure and sport sector had a positive month with £800m. Improving by 177% since March, in large part thanks to a … 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

ESG & The Real Meaning Of Value

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UK Construction Week (UKCW) is the largest event in UK Construction and Barbour ABI are proud to be their official data provider and partner. Throughout the event, which took place on the 3rd-5th May, Barbour ABI had the privilege of exhibiting and attending some of the insightful talks. The theme for this event was culture … Read more

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