What does 2019 hold for UK construction?

It’s always difficult to predict how the UK construction industry will fare over the course of a full 12 months, but 2019 in particular will be hard to anticipate, with the final arrangements for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union still to be made.

With that in mind, what can we be sure of for UK construction in 2019 – regardless of the final decisions that are made with respect to Brexit?


ACM Cladding

Aluminium Composite Material cladding – more commonly known simply as ACM cladding – was banned by the UK government following safety tests carried out after the Grenfell Tower fire.

In late 2018 the government announced that it is giving local authorities powers to remove ACM cladding from privately owned buildings over 18 metres tall, and that building owners will be expected to reimburse the costs.

New buildings over that height must not use ACM cladding – not only including residential buildings, but also student accommodation, boarding school dormitories, residential care premises and hospitals.

The news represents an important step in terms of safety but could be costly for building owners, who may wish to look into having any current ACM cladding removed as a priority, before the local authority carries out the work.


Contractor prompt payment initiative

The government has also announced plans starting from autumn 2019 to award public sector contracts only to contractors who pay their suppliers on time.

Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden said: “From 2019, if government contractors are late with supplier payments, they could stop winning public contracts altogether until they clean up their act.”

It’s part of the government’s broader commitments to levelling the public sector playing field for SMEs, which include a target to pay 90% of undisputed invoices within five days, and for one in every three pounds of government contract spending to be placed with SMEs by 2022.


Modular construction and MMC

Modern methods of construction (MMC) including off-site modular construction are on the rise, allowing construction firms to build new properties as individual modules off-site, which are then delivered directly into their final position.

Back in 2017, the government’s Housing White Paper pledged to create more opportunities in modular construction, as Sajid Javid promised that “British companies can become world leaders in this exciting and effective area”.

At the end of 2018 the government’s housing agency Homes England elected to use modular MMC in the construction of its new office at the heart of an 8,500-property development in Northstowe.

With environmental pressures leading to more construction on brownfield sites and in densely populated areas, modular construction offers a way to carry out much of the work off-site, minimising disruption and noise during the final installation – and will be a trend to watch throughout the coming year and beyond.


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Commercial premises refurbishment improves aesthetics and adds value

At hebs Group we offer reactive maintenance to restore commercial premises to full working order quickly following a disaster like a flood or roof collapse – but planned commercial premises refurbishment can add considerable value at any time too.

You don’t have to wait for the roof to fall in before sprucing up your commercial premises, and there’s no better time than at the start of the year when you may have had tenants move out at the end of December, or noticed signs of wear and tear during the less calm weather of the winter months.

Commercial premises refurbishment is an opportunity to have a full spring clean of your property, removing any damaged stud walls or water-stained suspended ceilings and replacing them with modern materials for a fresh, new and inviting look.


Why renovate commercial premises?

It’s not just about making your commercial premises look better – it’s also about maximising their rental value and their appeal to prospective tenants, high-calibre employees, investors, customers and clients.

Modern, well-maintained commercial premises with attractive interiors send out the right message about who you are as a brand, boost productivity from your workforce by giving them a more pleasant place to work, and can even help to maintain healthier employees compared with damp or cold interiors.

This all means that when you renovate commercial premises you are making an investment that will reap returns in the years to come, whether by reducing employee absenteeism, boosting sales and investment, or just by giving you a workplace that you can use effectively.


Our commercial premises refurbishment services

We offer a range of commercial premises refurbishment services – our construction background means we can build extensions and arrange new infrastructure like fibre networks if required too.

Even within the existing building footprint, we can make significant improvements including:

  • Reconfigured room layouts and optimised stud walls.
  • Energy-saving heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
  • Smart lighting and building control systems.

We work across all sectors, from commercial and office, to industrial and infrastructure, and in both the private and public sectors, with a good appreciation of the different pressures faced in each.

To find out more about how hebs Group can bring your commercial premises up to scratch as the new year gets underway, contact us on 0151 236 0707 or email info@hebs-group.co.uk and a member of our team will be happy to help.