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Regional and sector construction industry market analysis

Barbour ABI are a leading authority in market research of the construction industry, reporting on all sectors and regions across the UK. Our quarterly Market Insight report provides companies with detailed construction industry analysis, covering the whole of England, Scotland and Wales.  Every sector is included in our market research, from residential, offices, industrial, hotel and leisure, to retail.

Designed as the next level of analysis to our monthly Economic & Construction Market Review, this fully interactive quarterly construction market data tool allows you to compare sector and regional construction statistics easily and effectively. This market analysis gives you the ability to compare construction new order levels across regions in each sector, giving you greater insight into overall trends across the construction industry.

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FAQs on Market Insight

How much is the UK construction industry worth?

In August, the value of all construction contract awards according to Barbour ABI data was £4.9 billion based on a three month rolling average. This is a decrease of 5.6% on July but annual comparisons show that this is also a decrease of 18.7% when compared to August 2018. In the three month period ending August 2019, total construction contract awards were valued at £15.2 billion which is an increase of 2% on the previous quarter and also 1.8% higher than for the comparable quarter ending August 2018.

Which sector is growing?

The residential sector remains dominant with contract awards and held the largest share in August with 42.5% of the total awards. This dominance by the residential sector meant that all other sectors has much smaller share of awards in August. Infrastructure was the second largest sector in August with 14.0% of awards and was followed by education with a share of 11.4% and was only marginally ahead of the industrial sector which accounted for 11.3% of construction contract awards.

What is the construction market forecast for 2019?

The outlook for construction output into the medium term remains subdued with forecasters regularly revising down growth forecasts given the Brexit uncertainty and the issues surrounding the viability of some major infrastructure projects. Short-term forecasts indicate decline of 1-2% for total construction output in 2019 followed by a return to positive, but modest, growth in 2020 and 2021. Whilst the pipeline remains fairly robust, the downturn in economic growth in Q2 2019 and the low levels of business investment and spending are key concerns. In addition, the lower levels of construction new orders in Q2 will in turn exert negative influence on the planning pipeline into the short-medium term, leading to lower rates of output growth in H2 2019 and into 2020 and 2021.

Which sectors are included in the report?

All key sectors are included, which are residential, offices, retail, education, medical & healthcare, hotel, leisure & sport, industrial, utilities, transport and infrastructure.

Which UK regions do you research?

All construction new orders are included from across England, Wales and Scotland. We subsequently drill down to the individual regions of  North East, North West, Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West, Wales and Scotland.

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Barbour ABI customers can benefit from receiving Market Insight on a subscription basis for a small additional charge. If you are not a Barbour ABI customer but would still like to receive this quarterly report, please get in touch via [email protected] and a member of our team will be in touch.

Can you help me with bespoke construction analysis?

Yes, we undertake a wide range of construction industry market analysis for a range of businesses supplying or working within the construction industry. Speak to one of our Data Analysts today to find out what bespoke research we can provide your business. Contact us today.

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