Entries by Joe Bradbury

Home or Away? Homebuyers increasingly look overseas

The mortgage market review in the UK has displayed how it is getting increasingly harder to obtain a mortgage in Britain. It seems that many investors are now turning their gaze a little further afield in order to get a little more bang for their buck. Joe Bradbury of Building Specifier investigates: Research undertaken by […]

Construction projects starts upturn

Starts in the three months to April rose 7% against the preceding three months and were 4% higher than a year ago Residential starts were 4% lower than a year ago and unchanged on the preceding three months Non-residential project starts were 3% higher than a year ago, lifted by a rise in commercial work […]

Housing delivery will be hampered by skills shortage, warns experts

Small house builders predict that skills shortages in the building industry will hamper housing delivery and will eventually overtake access to finance as a bigger barrier to building new homes, according to recent research conducted by industry experts, the Federation of Master Builders. Key results from the FMB’s House Builders’ Survey, the only annual assessment […]

5 of the most expensive megaprojects in the World

A megaproject can be defined as a long term project that involves huge economic investment, vast complexity and precipitates a long-lasting impact on the economy, society and environment of the region in which it is being constructed. For profiles of five of the most startlingly expensive megaprojects currently in progress, see below: #5 – Dubailand, […]

Over 50% need help to keep skilled workers post-Brexit

A OnePoll survey commissioned by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) found that while reception of the apprenticeship levy looks positive, findings indicate concern for the more immediate pipeline of skilled workers in the construction industry. Findings in brief 42% of construction workers feel more confidence for the growing talent pool as a result […]

Residential sector looking positive

The residential sector had a particularly positive February with £1.7 billion contracts awarded, an increase of 13.1% on January. Residential unit numbers also increased – up by 5.4% on January at 9,850 units. Following residential in terms of contracts awarded was infrastructure with a 13.9% share and education with a 12.3% share. The latest edition […]