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Mechanical and Electrical Contracting (Industrial Report) - UK - April 2014

“Following the economic downturn and subsequent flat economy, price pressure on both main and subcontractors has been intense. The M&E sector, located at the end of the construction chain, has been squeezed on price as tightly as any sector, and the number of quotations gained by main contractors has probably doubled. The prospects are now for consistent levels of volume growth in demand, and the M&E sector must take the opportunity to realign margins.”

– Terry Leggett, Senior Analyst

This report addresses the following key questions facing M&E contractors:

  • Can M&E margins be increased again after the extreme price pressure of the past few years?
  • Will the market grow in excess of average UK economic activity?
  • Will growth arise from new construction or r&m?
  • Which end-use sectors offer the best prospects?
  • Will continued public spending restrictions be more than offset by the buoyancy of the private sector?

Companies that provide mechanical and electrical (M&E) services usually have the necessary skills required through a combination of in-house resources (usually a team of qualified engineers) and specialist ‘service partners’ that are contracted to provide assistance across the work spectrum.

The report is split into electrical work and mechanical work, though it is difficult to split the above list in to the two categories as many services fall into both. However, a general list for each of the categories is compiled below.

Electrical work: Ventilating and air conditioning, acoustic control, electrical and lighting systems, emergency lighting, control systems and building management systems, uninterruptible power supplies, fire alarms, access control, lifts, energy supply and management, security systems.

Mechanical work: Heating and hot water installations, domestic water services including infrastructure and storage systems, public health services including water treatment, cooling towers, plumbing and drainage systems, lighting protection, hosereel and sprinkler systems, lifts.

M&E repair and maintenance services refer to the regular maintenance of building/plant and machinery/equipment that is essential to keep it in an efficient working order.

Liqueurs - UK - January 2012

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: M&E market in Great Britain, 2009-13 actual and 2014-18 forecast
        • Figure 2: Segmentation of M&E market in Great Britain, 2009-13 actual and 2014-18 forecast
        • Figure 3: Segmentation of mechanical contracting market in Great Britain, 2013
        • Figure 4: Segmentation of electrical contracting market in Great Britain, 2013
      • Market factors
        • Figure 5: Segmentation of M&E activity in Great Britain by end use, 2013
        • Figure 6: Development of ad hoc and contract work in the R&M M&E market in Great Britain, 2009-13 actual and 2014-18 forecast
      • Companies
        • What we think
        • Introduction

          • Definitions
            • Methodology
              • Abbreviations
                • Issues in the market
                  • UK economy
                    • Inflation
                      • Interest rates
                        • Business investment
                          • Imports
                            • Exports
                              • House prices
                                • Manufacturing
                                  • Market factors
                                    • Construction industry
                                      • Legislation
                                        • Government initiatives
                                        • Market Size and Trends

                                          • Chapter summary
                                            • Market size
                                                • Figure 7: M&E market in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                • Figure 8: M&E contracting output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                              • Market segmentation and trends
                                                • Figure 9: Segmentation of M&E contracting in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                              • Mechanical contracting
                                                • Figure 10: Mechanical contracting output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                • Figure 11: Analysis of mechanical contracting output in Great Britain, by type of work, 2009-13
                                                • Figure 12: Segmentation of mechanical contracting output in Great Britain, by type of work, 2009-13
                                                • Figure 13: Segmentation of mechanical contracting output for new construction projects in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                                • Figure 14: Segmentation of mechanical contracting output for repairand maintenance projects in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                              • Electrical contracting
                                                • Overview
                                                  • Figure 15: Electrical contracting output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 16: Electrical contractor market in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 17: Analysis of electrical contracting output in Great Britain, by type of work, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 18: Segmentation of electrical contracting output in Great Britain, by type of work, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 19: Segmentation of electrical contracting output for new construction projects in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 20: Segmentation of new construction electrical contracting output in Great Britain, by type of work, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 21: Segmentation of electrical contracting output for repair and maintenance projects in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 22: Segmentation of electrical contracting output for repair and maintenance in Great Britain, by type of work, 2009-13
                                                • Seasonality of output
                                                  • Figure 23: Seasonality of private housing output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 24: Seasonality of public housing output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 25: Seasonality of public non-residential construction output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 26: Seasonality of private industrial construction output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 27: Seasonality of private commercial construction output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 28: Seasonality of public housing repair amd maintenance output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 29: Seasonality of private housing repair and maintenance output, 2009-13
                                                • Regional sales
                                                  • Figure 30: Regional private housing construction output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 31: Regional public housing construction output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 32: Regional public non-residential construction output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 33: Regional private industrial construction output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 34: Regional private commercial construction output, 2009-13
                                                  • Figure 35: Regional housing repair and maintenance output, 2009-13
                                              • Construction Market Background

                                                • Chapter summary
                                                  • Housing
                                                      • Figure 36: Analysis of the composition of the housing construction market in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                      • Figure 37: Analysis of private housing construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                      • Figure 38: Private new housing starts and completions in the UK, 2010-13
                                                      • Figure 39: Analysis of new public housing construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                      • Figure 40: Public housing starts and completions in the UK, 2010-13
                                                      • Figure 41: Forecast private housing output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                      • Figure 42: Forecast public housing output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                    • Public non-residential construction
                                                      • Health
                                                        • Education
                                                          • “Other” sector
                                                            • Figure 43: Analysis of the composition of the public non-residential construction market in Great Britain, 2009 and 2013
                                                            • Figure 44: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                            • Figure 45: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                                            • Figure 46: Forecast public non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                            • Figure 47: Forecast of public non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                          • Private industrial construction
                                                            • Figure 48: Analysis of private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                            • Figure 49: Analysis of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector 2009-13
                                                            • Figure 50: Private industrial construction in Great Britain, 2009-13 actual and 2014-19 forecast
                                                            • Figure 51: Forecast private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                            • Figure 52: Forecast of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector 2014-18
                                                          • Private commercial construction
                                                            • Figure 53: Analysis of the composition of the private commercial construction market in Great Britain, 2009 and 2013
                                                          • Offices
                                                            • Shops
                                                              • Education
                                                                • Health
                                                                  • Figure 54: Analysis of private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 200913
                                                                  • Figure 55: Analysis of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                                                  • Figure 56: Forecast private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                  • Figure 57: Forecast of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by sector, 2014-18
                                                                • Repair and maintenance
                                                                  • Figure 58: Analysis of repair and maintenance output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                  • Figure 59: Repair and maintenance construction in Great Britain, 2009-13 actual and 2014-18 forecast
                                                                  • Figure 60: Analysis of repair and maintenance output in the private housing sector in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                  • Figure 61: Analysis of Decent Homes backlog programme allocations, 2011-15
                                                                  • Figure 62: Analysis of repair and maintenance output in the public housing sector in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                  • Figure 63: Analysis of repair and maintenance output in the private nonresidential sector in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                  • Figure 64: Analysis of repair and maintenance output in the public non-residential sector in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                  • Figure 65: Forecast repair and maintenance construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                  • Figure 66: Forecast repair and maintenance construction output in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                  • Figure 67: Forecast repair and maintenance construction output in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                  • Figure 68: Forecast repair and maintenance output in the public housing sector in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                  • Figure 69: Forecast repair and maintenance output in the private housing sector in Great Britain, 201418
                                                                  • Figure 70: Forecast repair and maintenance output in the public non-residential sector in Great Britain, 2013-17
                                                                  • Figure 71: Forecast repair and maintenance output in the private non-residential sector in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                • Civil engineering
                                                                  • Figure 72: Civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                  • Figure 73: Forecast civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                              • Industry Structure

                                                                • Chapter summary
                                                                  • Industry development
                                                                    • Figure 74: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the plumbing, heating and air conditioning sector, 2009-13
                                                                    • Figure 75: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the electrical installation sector, 2009-13
                                                                    • Figure 76: Comparison of the structure of the plumbing, heating and air conditioning sector and the electrical installation industry, 2009-13
                                                                  • Structure by employment
                                                                    • Figure 77: Analysis of the employment structure of the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning installation sector, 2012 and 2013
                                                                    • Figure 78: Analysis of the employment structure of the electrical installation sector, 2012 and 2013
                                                                  • Structure by turnover
                                                                    • Figure 79: Analysis of the financial structure of the plumbing, heating and air conditioning sector, 2012 and 2013
                                                                    • Figure 80: Analysis of the financial structure of the electrical installation sector, 2012 and 2013
                                                                  • Company profiles
                                                                    • NG Bailey
                                                                        • Figure 81: Financial analysis of NG Bailey, 2009-13
                                                                      • Balfour Beatty Engineering Services
                                                                        • Figure 82: Financial analysis of Balfour Beatty, 2008-12
                                                                      • T Clarke
                                                                          • Figure 83: Financial analysis of T Clarke, 2008-12
                                                                        • Crown House Technologies
                                                                          • Figure 84: Financial analysis of Crown House Technologies, 2009-13
                                                                        • Imtech
                                                                            • Figure 85: Financial analysis of Imtech UK, 2008-12
                                                                          • Michael J Lonsdale
                                                                              • Figure 86: Financial analysis of Michael J Lonsdale, 2008-12
                                                                            • Lorne Stewart
                                                                                • Figure 87: Financial analysis of Lorne Stewart, 2008-12
                                                                              • Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil
                                                                                  • Figure 88: Financial analysis of Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil, 2008-12
                                                                                • Spie Matthew Hall
                                                                                    • Figure 89: Financial analysis of Spie Matthew Hall, 2008-12
                                                                                  • SSE Contracting
                                                                                      • Figure 90: Financial analysis of SSE Contracting, 2009-13
                                                                                  • Forecast

                                                                                    • Chapter summary
                                                                                      • Market overview
                                                                                          • Figure 91: Forecast M&E contracting output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                          • Figure 92: Forecast M&E market in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                        • Market segmentation
                                                                                          • Figure 93: Forecast segmentation of M&E contracting in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                        • Mechanical contracting
                                                                                          • Figure 94: Forecast mechanical contracting output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                          • Figure 95: Analysis of mechanical contracting output in Great Britain, by type of work, 2014-18
                                                                                          • Figure 96: Forecast mechanical contracting output in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                          • Figure 97: Forecast segmentation of mechanical contracting output for new construction projects in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                          • Figure 98: Forecast segmentation of mechanical contracting output for repair and maintenance activity in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                        • Electrical contracting
                                                                                          • Figure 99: Forecast electrical contracting output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                          • Figure 100: Forecast analysis of electrical contracting output in Great Britain, by type of work, 2014-18
                                                                                          • Figure 101: Forecast electrical contracting output in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                          • Figure 102: Forecast segmentation of electrical contracting output for new construction projects in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                        • Repair and maintenance work
                                                                                          • Figure 103: Forecast segmentation of electrical engineering output for repair and maintenance activity in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                          • Figure 104: Forecast repair and maintenance electrical contracting output in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                      • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                        • Trade associations
                                                                                          • Trade magazines
                                                                                            • Trade exhibitions

                                                                                            Companies Covered

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                                                                                            Mechanical and Electrical Contracting (Industrial Report) - UK - April 2014

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