Weekly Economic and Construction Update – 4 November 2022

Weekly Economic and Construction Update – 4 November 2022

Date Published

4 November 2022

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The continued growth in commercial activity is unsurprising given the strength of high-end grade A office refurbishment activity whilst the growth in house building in October is also unsurprising (despite the uncertainty in the general housing market) due to strong major house builder pre-sales to 2023 Q1 and house builders looking to meet year-end targets.

Key Information

Looking forward, S&P Global/CIPS reported that new orders in UK construction fell in October but that was after 28 consecutive months of growth so it is too early to say definitively that it is the start of a sharp decline in orders and, consequently, activity.

Construction firms were also relatively downbeat about growth projections for the year ahead. 33% anticipated a rise in business activity whilst 26% predicted a decline, which was the lowest degree of optimism since May 2020. Firms reported recession worries and a drop in UK economic prospects due to rising political uncertainty.

Firms reporting positive sentiment in October often cited tender opportunities in niche markets or opportunities related to infrastructure spending, especially green energy projects.

Case studies

McGarry-Moon Architects has designed a new studio for the award-winning practice, set in the lower garden of Jessica McGarry and Steven Moon’s own home, Fallahogey House, which they designed and completed in 2005 in the rolling countryside of Kilrea, Northern Ireland.

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a new building for St Antony’s College, Oxford, a beautifully crafted structure with a sinuous, shimmering stainless steel façade, positioned with great care alongside its period neighbours.