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UK Construction market report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Construction market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Definition

The definitions used in this report on the construction sector are from the ONS. The civil engineering sector has been excluded, but a detailed report on this sector is available separately from MBD (The UK Civil Engineering Market Development). A number of sectors defined within the construction sector comprise both publicly and privately financed projects.

Public work is for any public authority, such as government departments, public utilities, nationalised industries, universities, the Post Office, new town corporations, housing associations, etc. Private work is for a private owner or organisation or for a private developer, and includes work carried out by firms on their own initiative. It includes work where the private sector carries the majority of the risk/gain: i.e. in principle, all PFI contracts are private.

The sectors include the following:

  • Public sector housing: comprising housing schemes, homes for the elderly, and the provision within housing sites of roads and services for utilities such as gas, water, electricity, sewage and drainage, which is financed either through local authorities or housing associations.
  • Private sector housing: comprising all privately-owned buildings for residential use, such as houses, flats, maisonettes, bungalows, cottages, and the provision of services to new developments.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Terry Leggett, a leading analyst in the B2B - Industrial sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The construction market has a reputation for being highly cyclical, and the prospect of a Brexit-induced economic slowdown suggested difficulties ahead. However, the sector covers a wide range of markets and some are very buoyant, highlighting increasingly polarised activity. Terry Leggett
Senior B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: Development of the construction market in Great Britain, 2013-17 actual and 2018-22 forecast
        • Figure 2: Segmentation of the construction market in Great Britain, by type, 2017
        • Figure 3: Segmentation of the construction market in Great Britain, by region, 2017
      • Market factors
        • Figure 4: UK housebuilding completions, 1970-2017
        • Figure 5: Long term trend in public non-residential construction activity in Great Britain, 1970-2017
        • Figure 6: Development of the private industrial construction market in Great Britain, 2013-17 actual and 2018-22 forecast
        • Figure 7: Development of the private commercial construction market in Great Britain, 2013-17 actual and 2018-22 forecast
        • Figure 8: Segmentation of the R&M activity in Great Britain, 2017
      • Companies
        • Figure 9: Employment levels of construction firms, by size of company, 2016
      • What we think
      • Key Issues

          • How is Brexit affecting the market?
            • What are the major growth opportunities?
              • What impact will the demise of Carillion have?
              • Introduction

                • Definitions
                  • Methodology
                    • Abbreviations
                      • Market positioning
                        • Issues in the market
                        • Economy

                          • Overview
                            • Figure 10: Forecast GDP development 2017-22
                            • Figure 11: UK GDP quarterly development, 2004-17
                          • Inflation
                            • House prices
                              • Figure 12: UK House price changes, 2007-2018
                            • Interest rates
                              • Consumer spending
                                • Manufacturing
                                  • Figure 13: UK manufacturing, 2014-17
                                • Business investment
                                  • Figure 14: UK GFCF 2003-17
                                • Imports
                                  • Exports
                                  • Market Size and Forecast

                                    • Key analysis
                                      • Market size
                                        • Figure 15: Construction output in Great Britain, 2013-17
                                      • Market segmentation and trends
                                          • Figure 16: Construction output in Great Britain, by Type, 201317
                                        • Housing
                                          • Figure 17: Housebuilding market in Great Britain, 2013-2017
                                          • Figure 18: UK housebuilding completions, 1970-2017
                                        • Public housing
                                          • Figure 19: Analysis of new public housing construction output in Great Britain, 2013-17
                                          • Figure 20: Public housing starts and completions in England, 2012-17
                                          • Figure 21: UK public sector housing completions, by sector, 1978-2017
                                        • Private housing
                                          • Figure 22: Analysis of private housing construction output in Great Britain, 2013-17
                                          • Figure 23: Private new housing starts and completions in England, 2012-17
                                          • Figure 24: UK private sector housing completions, by sector, 1978-2017
                                        • Public non-residential
                                          • Figure 25: Long-term trend in public non-residential construction activity in Great Britain, 1970-2017
                                          • Figure 26: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2013-17
                                          • Figure 27: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2013-17
                                        • Private Industrial
                                          • Figure 28: Long term trend in private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 19702017
                                          • Figure 29: Analysis of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector 2013-17
                                        • Private Commercial
                                          • Figure 30: Long term trend in private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 19702017
                                          • Figure 31: Analysis of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by type, 201317
                                        • Repair & Maintenance
                                          • Figure 32: Segmentation of the R&M activity in Great Britain, 2017
                                        • Public housing
                                          • Figure 33: Analysis of repair & maintenance output in the public housing sector in Great Britain, 201317
                                        • Private housing
                                            • Figure 34: Analysis of repair & maintenance output in the private housing sector in Great Britain, 201317
                                          • Public non-residential
                                            • Figure 35: Analysis of repair & maintenance output in the public non-residential sector in Great Britain, 201317
                                          • Private non-residential
                                            • Figure 36: Analysis of repair & maintenance output in the private nonresidential sector in Great Britain, 201317
                                          • Seasonality of sales
                                            • Figure 37: Seasonality of public housing output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 38: Seasonality of private housing output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 39: Seasonality of public non-residential construction output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 40: Seasonality of private industrial construction output, 201317
                                            • Figure 41: Seasonality of private commercial construction output, 201317
                                            • Figure 42: Seasonality of public housing repair & maintenance output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 43: Seasonality of private housing repair & maintenance output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 44: Seasonality of public non-residential repair & maintenance output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 45: Seasonality of private non-residential repair & maintenance output, 201317
                                          • Regional Sales
                                            • Figure 46: Regional value of total new construction output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 47: Regional public housing construction output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 48: Regional private housing construction output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 49: Regional public non-residential construction output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 50: Regional private industrial construction output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 51: Regional private commercial construction output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 52: Regional housing repair & maintenance output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 53: Regional public non-residential repair & maintenance output, 2013-17
                                            • Figure 54: Regional private non-residential repair & maintenance output, 2013-17
                                        • Industry Structure

                                          • Key analysis
                                            • Industry development
                                              • Figure 55: Development of the construction industry, by number of companies, 2012-16
                                              • Figure 56: Development of main trades and specialist contractors, by number of companies, 2012-16
                                              • Figure 57: Analysis of the employment structure of the construction main trades, 2016
                                              • Figure 58: Employment levels of construction firms, by size of company, 2016
                                          • Company Profiles

                                            • Balfour Beatty

                                                  • Figure 59: Financial analysis of Balfour Beatty, 2013-17
                                                  • Figure 60: Turnover analysis of Balfour Beatty, 2013-17
                                                  • Figure 61: Investment portfolio of Balfour Beatty by segment, 2014-17
                                                • Company strategy
                                                • Barratt Developments

                                                    • Figure 62: Financial analysis of Barratt Developments, 2012-17
                                                    • Figure 63: Types of houses completed by Barratt Developments, 2017
                                                    • Figure 64: Customer analysis of Barratt Developments houses, 2017
                                                    • Figure 65: Geographic analysis of Barratt Developments houses, 2017
                                                  • Company strategy
                                                  • Lend Lease Construction (Europe)

                                                        • Figure 66: Financial analysis of Lend Lease Construction (Europe), 2013-17
                                                      • Company strategy
                                                      • Carillion

                                                            • Figure 67: Financial analysis of Carillion, 2012-16
                                                          • Company strategy
                                                          • Galliford Try

                                                                • Figure 68: Financial analysis of Galliford Try, 2013-17
                                                                • Figure 69: Turnover segmentation of Galliford Try, 2017
                                                              • Company strategy
                                                              • Interserve

                                                                  • Figure 70: Financial analysis of Interserve, 2012-2016
                                                                  • Figure 71: Operating profit segmentation of Interserve, 2016
                                                                  • Figure 72: Turnover segmentation of Interserve, 2016
                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                • Kier Group

                                                                    • Figure 73: Financial analysis of Kier Group, 201317
                                                                    • Figure 74: Turnover analysis of Kier Group, 2017
                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                  • Persimmon

                                                                      • Figure 75: Financial analysis of Persimmon, 2013-17
                                                                      • Figure 76: Revenue breakdown of Persimmon, 2017
                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                    • Skanska UK

                                                                        • Figure 77: Financial analysis of Skanska UK, 201216
                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                      • Taylor Wimpey

                                                                            • Figure 78: Financial analysis of Taylor Wimpey, 2013-17
                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                          • Market Forecast

                                                                            • Key analysis
                                                                              • Market Overview
                                                                                • Figure 79: Forecast construction output in Great Britain, 2018-22
                                                                                • Figure 80: Forecast construction output in Great Britain, 2018-22
                                                                              • Housing
                                                                                • Figure 81: Forecast private housing output in Great Britain, 201822
                                                                                • Figure 82: Forecast public housing output in Great Britain, 2018-22
                                                                              • Public Non-residential
                                                                                • Figure 83: Forecast public non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2018-22
                                                                                • Figure 84: Forecast of public non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2018-22
                                                                              • Private Industrial
                                                                                • Figure 85: Forecast private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 2018-22
                                                                                • Figure 86: Forecast of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector 2018-22
                                                                              • Private Commercial
                                                                                • Figure 87: Forecast private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 2018-22
                                                                                • Figure 88: Forecast of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by sector, 201822
                                                                              • Repair & Maintenance
                                                                                • Figure 89: Forecast repair & maintenance construction output in Great Britain, 2018-22
                                                                                • Figure 90: Forecast repair & maintenance construction output in Great Britain, by type, 201822
                                                                            • Further Sources & Contacts

                                                                              • Trade Associations
                                                                                • Trade Magazines
                                                                                  • Trade Exhibitions