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In response to increasing demand for data concerning the dynamic economy and growth markets of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, Mintel has developed a series of reports covering a wide variety of sectors within both of these dynamic regions. Each one provides detailed coverage of key drivers as well as providing the very latest volume and value data. Also included are assessments of emerging trends, the activities of existing market players, brand ownership details, supply structures, future scenarios and statistical forecasts.

The Irish Series is segmented in the same manner as Mintel's UK reports, namely Finance, Leisure, Market, Retail and 'Specials'. This provides unparalleled coverage and will be a must for all companies who are either already active in this region, or will be looking to enter these distinct marketplaces in the future.

This report has been produced as part of Mintel's Irish Series and is sold in Ireland exclusively through our sales agency, OCO Consulting, based in Belfast.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Issues in the Market

      • Key themes in the report
        • Definitions
          • Geographical, national and regional definitions
            • Exchange rates
              • Abbreviations
              • Future Opportunities

                • Creating space
                  • Eco building
                    • Increasing pressure on local authorities to care for the local built environment
                      • Baby building bonds?
                      • Market in Brief

                        • He who lives by the credit boom, dies by the credit boom
                          • Figure 1: The output of the construction industry in current prices in Ireland by region, 2001-09
                        • Price pressures intensify
                          • Layoffs increase
                            • Housing sector collapses
                              • Figure 2: The percentage change in construction output in current prices by type of work and region, 2007-09
                            • A fragmented, vulnerable industry
                              • The Government to the rescue, but for how long?
                              • Market Background

                                • Key points
                                  • A fragmented industry
                                    • Over 60,000 construction businesses in Ireland
                                      • Specialised trades dominate
                                        • Figure 3: The number of construction businesses in NI, by type, March 2009
                                      • Most construction firms are small
                                        • Figure 4: The breakdown of construction firms in NI by number of employees and type, March 2009
                                        • Figure 5: The breakdown of construction firms in RoI by number of employees, 2007
                                      • Under 200,000 employed in the industry
                                          • Figure 6: Construction employment in IoI b y region (seasonally adjusted), March 2004-June 2009
                                      • External Market Environment: Social Factors

                                        • Key points
                                          • Rising population calls for more construction
                                            • Figure 7: The population of NI and RoI (period end), 2003-2009
                                          • Older population calls for specific types of construction
                                            • Figure 8: The age structure of the population in Ireland by region, 2006-09
                                          • Growing household numbers drive house building…
                                            • Figure 9: The number of households in Ireland and average household size, 2003-09
                                          • As does rising migration
                                            • Figure 10: Net migration into RoI and NI, 1999-2009
                                          • Poor housing generating repair and renovation demand
                                            • Figure 11: Disabled persons, essential repairs, housing adaptation grants paid in Ireland, 2008/09
                                          • Repopulating Belfast City Centre
                                            • Home working and the cost of moving
                                              • An image problem
                                                • Revamping construction as an ideal career
                                                  • Tourism to drive construction in hospitality industry
                                                  • External Market Environment: Economic Factors

                                                    • Key points
                                                      • Economic trends drive the market
                                                        • Figure 12: Outlook for GDP, NI and RoI, 2008-10
                                                      • Economic trends often impact with a time lag
                                                        • Figure 13: Annual percentage change in GDP at Constant Factor Cost (chain linked annually and referenced to 2007) in RoI, 2000-08
                                                      • Private sector work most vulnerable to economic trends
                                                          • Figure 14: Average house price, NI and RoI, 2000-09
                                                        • The crunch turns the finance tap off
                                                          • Figure 15: Net Change in loans outstanding to the construction industry, Q4 2006-Q3 2009
                                                        • Public sector work normally less vulnerable to economic trends...
                                                          • Recession halts the rise in construction material costs…
                                                            • Figure 16: year on year change in construction material costs, January 2006-September 2009
                                                          • Which helps push down construction inflation
                                                            • Figure 17: Society of Chartered Surveyors’ (SCS) Construction Tender price index, H1 1998-H1 2009
                                                        • External Market Environment: Environmental Factors

                                                          • Key points
                                                            • Demand and prices influenced by environmental issues
                                                              • House building particularly vulnerable to environmental factors
                                                                • Planning permission
                                                                  • Sustainability
                                                                    • Growing body of environment legislation
                                                                      • Kyoto
                                                                        • EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
                                                                          • Northern Ireland Sustainable Development Strategy
                                                                            • Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) in RoI
                                                                              • Energy Savings Trust in NI
                                                                              • External Market Environment: Political Factors

                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                  • Government policy sets the framework for construction projects
                                                                                    • Urban Renewal Schemes
                                                                                      • RoI: The National Spatial Strategy 2002-2020
                                                                                        • RoI: National Development Plan (NDP) 2000-2006
                                                                                          • RoI: The National Development Plan 2007-2013 (NDP 2007)
                                                                                            • Figure 18: National plan economic infrastructure investment by type (€000), 2007-13
                                                                                          • RoI: Transport 21 Plan
                                                                                            • RoI: NAMA
                                                                                              • NI Programme for Government 2008-11
                                                                                                • The Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland 2008-18
                                                                                                  • NI Regional Development Strategy (RDS) – 2025
                                                                                                    • Regional Transportation Strategy for NI 2002-12
                                                                                                      • Planning system strongly impacts on construction projects
                                                                                                        • Planning Service in NI hoping to speed things up…
                                                                                                          • Figure 19: Planning applications, NI, 2001-09
                                                                                                        • And the planning system is set for reform
                                                                                                          • The planning system in RoI
                                                                                                            • Figure 20: Planning applications, RoI, 2001-09
                                                                                                          • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs)
                                                                                                            • Building Control
                                                                                                            • Market Size and Forecast

                                                                                                              • Key points
                                                                                                                • A deep recession in ROI
                                                                                                                  • Figure 21: The output of the construction industry in current prices in Ireland by region, 2004-09
                                                                                                                • RoI booms and busts more than NI
                                                                                                                  • Figure 22: Index of output in the construction industry in current prices by region, 2001-09
                                                                                                                • Construction output down by 36% in RoI since 2005
                                                                                                                  • Figure 23: The output of the construction industry in constant 2007 prices in Ireland by region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                • Price deflation a feature of the market
                                                                                                                  • Figure 24: Annual change in price deflators for construction output, 2006-09
                                                                                                                • Future outlook
                                                                                                                • Segment Performance

                                                                                                                  • Key points
                                                                                                                    • Residential market very important to RoI construction industry
                                                                                                                      • Figure 25: The Structure of the construction market (out at current prices) in Ireland by region, 2007 and 2009
                                                                                                                    • But the recession and credit crunch changes all of that
                                                                                                                      • New builds bear the brunt of the downturn
                                                                                                                        • Figure 26: The share of construction output in current prices taken by new building work, by region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • The collapse of the residential market
                                                                                                                        • Figure 27: Output of private sector housing construction market, 2005-09
                                                                                                                        • Figure 28: Annual change in output of Private sector housing construction by region, 2006-09
                                                                                                                      • The public sector to the rescue
                                                                                                                        • Figure 29: Output of public sector housing by region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Along with repairs and maintenance
                                                                                                                        • Figure 30: The share of housing construction output taken by new builds, by region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • CIS construction also on a downer
                                                                                                                        • Figure 31: Output of CIS Construction by region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                        • Figure 32: The share of housing construction output taken by new builds, by region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure constructions holds up well
                                                                                                                        • Figure 33: Output of infrastructure construction by region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                        • Figure 34: The share of infrastructure construction output taken by new builds, by region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                    • Supplier Market

                                                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                                                        • The long tail
                                                                                                                            • Figure 35: Output (Private Contractors only) by Stratum of Firm in NI, 2009
                                                                                                                          • The big 10 in RoI
                                                                                                                            • Figure 36: Six largest construction companies in RoI, 2008
                                                                                                                          • The big six in RoI
                                                                                                                            • John Sisk & Sons (Holdings) Ltd
                                                                                                                              • Michael McNamara & Co.
                                                                                                                                • BAM Contractors Ltd
                                                                                                                                  • Pierse Contracting Ltd
                                                                                                                                    • SIAC Construction Ltd
                                                                                                                                      • McInerney Holdings
                                                                                                                                        • P Elliott & Co.
                                                                                                                                          • P.J. Hegarty & Sons
                                                                                                                                            • Bowen Construction Ltd
                                                                                                                                              • G&T Crampton Ltd
                                                                                                                                                • John Fleming Construction
                                                                                                                                                  • The top 10 in Northern Ireland
                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 37: The leading construction companies in NI, 2009
                                                                                                                                                  • Lagan Group
                                                                                                                                                    • Northstone NI
                                                                                                                                                      • John Graham Holdings
                                                                                                                                                        • Rotary Group
                                                                                                                                                          • McLaughlin & Harvey
                                                                                                                                                            • Patton Group
                                                                                                                                                              • Ards Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                • Henry Group (NI)
                                                                                                                                                                  • Mivan Group
                                                                                                                                                                    • McAleer & Rushe
                                                                                                                                                                    • Buyer Market

                                                                                                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                        • Private housing developers the main customers in RoI…
                                                                                                                                                                          • Resulting in the private sector being more important than the public sector…
                                                                                                                                                                            • But public infrastructure projects of growing importance
                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 38: The structure of demand for construction services in RoI, 2008 and 2009
                                                                                                                                                                            • Private housing developers also tops in NI
                                                                                                                                                                              • But public sector is key for economic and social infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                • Retail and leisure of key importance
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 39: The structure of demand for new build construction services in NI, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                              • Appendix

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 40: Proposed Investment by under THE NI Investment Strategy, 2008/11-2017/18
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 41: Major construction projects finances under PPP in RoI
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 42: The output of the construction industry (current prices) by broad type of construction and by region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 43: The output of the construction industry (current prices) by type of work and region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 44: The output of housing construction (current prices) by type of work and region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 45: The output of CIS construction (current prices) by type of work and region, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 46: The output of infrastructure construction (current prices) by type of work and region, 2005-09

                                                                                                                                                                              About the report

                                                                                                                                                                              This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                                                                                                                              • The Consumer

                                                                                                                                                                                What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                                                                              • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                                                                Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                              • The Market

                                                                                                                                                                                Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                                                                                              • The Innovations

                                                                                                                                                                                New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                                                                              • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                                Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                                                                              • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                                What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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