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The Irish Construction Market - August 2012

Thus every sector within the construction industry has been affected by the collapse of the housing and construction market in Ireland, whilst the challenging economic environment has resulted in a fragile building sector overall. Confidence in the construction industry is low to date in 2012, due to the low levels of orders combined with intense competition for limited work that is put out to tender, and a surplus of vacant property in private sector residential and non-residential construction.

However, the recovery of both economies as identified by government plans is dependent on the development of a modern and sustainable economic infrastructure that supports economic growth, with the construction industry being an important component within this objective. Thus the construction industry will play an integral part in the future prosperity of both regions.

Some questions answered in this report include:

  • What is the size of the construction industry in NI and RoI?

    How has the economic downturn impacted on the construction industry and what sub-sectors have been most affected?
  • What is the role of the Irish construction market in the national strategies of each region?

    Do the governments of NI and RoI see the construction industry as a priority area to stimulate economic activity within each region?
  • What areas are the governments of NI and RoI focused on to improve the economic position and social infrastructure of each region?

    Outline the key construction related projects which aim to improve the economic position and social infrastructure of each region.
  • Who are the largest construction companies in Ireland?

    Give an overview of the main players within the construction industry in NI and RoI.
  • What are the future growth areas for the construction industry in Ireland and what new forms of funding will be used to fund these growth areas?

    Outline the changing trends within the residential housing sector and review the new sources of funding that are emerging to facilitate new large scale public sector projects. In addition, the importance of the Green economy within the construction industry will also be discussed.

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Table of contents

  1. Issues in the Market

      • Key themes in the industry
        • Definitions
          • Abbreviations
          • Market in Brief

            • Construction Industry output contracts
              • Figure 1: Output of the construction industry in current prices by region, NI and RoI, 2006-11
              • Figure 2: Total insolvencies by industry, RoI*, 2009-11
            • Weak residential housing sector
              • Decreasing government budgets impacting on construction sector
                • Future focus on ‘fit for purpose’ rather than new building stock
                • Market Background

                    • Construction industry outperformed economy as a whole in the past
                    • External Market Environment - Economic Factors

                      • Key points
                        • Sharp decline in construction industry output
                          • Consumer Price Index falling
                            • Figure 3: Consumer Price Index percentage change over 12 months, NI and RoI, June 2011 to June 2012
                        • External Market Environment - Social Factors

                          • Key points
                            • General trend shows high unemployment in both NI and RoI
                              • Figure 4: ILO unemployment rate (% of labour force), actual and projected, NI and RoI, 2008-15
                              • Figure 5: Unemployment figures, NI and RoI, 2008-12
                            • High unemployment within the construction industry
                              • Figure 6: Employment within the Construction industry, NI and RoI 2007 -11
                              • Figure 7: Construction employment in RoI, 2007 and 2011
                            • NI construction sector employing less
                              • Job initiatives in RoI
                                • Irish construction firms can retain jobs through focusing on export markets
                                  • Decreasing wages within the RoI construction industry
                                    • Single household occupancy increasing
                                      • Figure 8: Projected households, by size, NI, 2008-23
                                      • Figure 9: Projected population, by residency, NI, 2008-23
                                      • Figure 10: Projected households, by size, RoI, 1981-2006
                                    • Ageing population
                                      • Figure 11: Population, by age, NI, 2008-58
                                    • Over 20% of RoI residents are aged 55+
                                      • Figure 12: Population, by age, RoI, 2006-26
                                    • Ageing population need to invest in repair and maintenance to combat fuel poverty
                                        • Figure 13: Dwelling stock, unfit by tenure, NI 2009 and 2011
                                        • Figure 14: Older people living in private households and communal establishments, NI* and RoI*, 2002-06
                                    • External Market – Political Factors

                                      • Key points
                                        • Investment in infrastructure a key priority
                                          • NI Budget 2011-15
                                            • RoI Budget for 2012
                                              • Construction is a priority within Innovation Strategy in NI
                                                • Education, health and enterprise are priority projects for public sector construction in RoI
                                                • External Market – Environmental Factors

                                                  • Key points
                                                    • Green issues gain priority within the construction sector
                                                      • Public sector tenders go green
                                                      • Segment Performance

                                                        • Key points
                                                          • Uncertain future for construction industry
                                                            • Private residential sector
                                                              • Figure 15: Output of private residential* construction, NI and RoI, 2007-16
                                                            • Level of owner-occupied residential houses falls within NI
                                                              • Affordability versus access to credit for NI first-time buyers
                                                                • Sharp decline in residential construction in RoI
                                                                  • Unfinished housing developments are a public safety issues
                                                                    • Renting has become a more attractive option in Ireland
                                                                      • Reform of Housing Benefit likely to pose problems for rental sector in NI
                                                                        • Rental market in RoI lacks pro-tenant outlook
                                                                          • Public Sector Social Housing
                                                                            • Figure 16: Output of public sector* construction, NI and RoI, 2007-16
                                                                          • Need for social housing increasing as budgets decrease
                                                                            • RoI’s social housing budget decreases as need grows
                                                                              • New scheme to tackle rising RoI repossessions
                                                                                  • Figure 17: Investment in infrastructure*, NI and RoI, 2007-16
                                                                                • Deferred public sector projects within RoI
                                                                                  • Figure 18: Changing relative priorities, 2010 compared to the revised programme set out for 2012-12, RoI, November 2011
                                                                                  • Figure 19: Exchequer Investment in national, regional and local roads, RoI, 2012-16
                                                                                • Infrastructure links into regeneration scheme
                                                                                  • Construction tenders
                                                                                    • Figure 20: Tender price index for construction projects (first 6 months of year), RoI, 1998-2012
                                                                                    • Figure 21: Tender price annual change, NI, RoI and the UK, 2011-15
                                                                                  • Funding needed from a wider remit
                                                                                    • Increase in number of Public-Private Partnerships
                                                                                    • Supplier Market NI

                                                                                      • Lagan Construction
                                                                                        • Company background
                                                                                          • Recent developments
                                                                                            • Lagan Group Holdings
                                                                                              • Company background
                                                                                                • Recent developments
                                                                                                  • Northstone NI Ltd
                                                                                                    • Company background
                                                                                                      • Recent developments
                                                                                                        • John Graham Holdings Ltd
                                                                                                          • Company background
                                                                                                            • Recent developments
                                                                                                              • Rotary Group
                                                                                                                • Company background
                                                                                                                  • Recent developments
                                                                                                                    • McLaughlin & Harvey
                                                                                                                      • Company background
                                                                                                                        • Recent developments
                                                                                                                          • Patton Group
                                                                                                                            • Company background
                                                                                                                              • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                • Gilbert Ash
                                                                                                                                  • Company background
                                                                                                                                    • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                      • Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Ltd
                                                                                                                                        • Company background
                                                                                                                                          • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                            • Mivan Group
                                                                                                                                              • Company background
                                                                                                                                                • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                  • McAleer & Rushe
                                                                                                                                                    • Company background
                                                                                                                                                      • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                      • Supplier Market RoI

                                                                                                                                                          • John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                            • Company background
                                                                                                                                                              • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                • BAM Contractors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                  • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                    • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                      • SIAC Construction Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                        • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                          • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                            • P.J. Hegarty & Sons
                                                                                                                                                                              • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                                                  • G&T Crampton Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Recent development
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Buyer Market

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Housing market largest sector
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 22: Sub-sectors within the construction industry, NI, 2001-11*
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Social housing needs increasing but funds are decreasing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mixed bag for infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 23: Floor areas of planning permissions granted for RoI, 2012-16
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Appendix

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 24: Economic outlook, NI and RoI, 2010-13
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 25: Job challenge, NI and RoI, 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 26: Annual percentage change and average price within the residential housing market, NI 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 27: National residential property price index (RPPI), RoI, 2005-11
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 28: Summary of estimated capacity in the construction materials sector, NI and RoI, 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 29: Concrete sales volumes, RoI, 2005-10

                                                                                                                                                                                          Companies Covered

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                                                                                                                                                                                          The Irish Construction Market - August 2012

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