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Commercial Building Construction in the UK: Market Research Report

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Commercial Building Construction Market Research Report | SIC F41.201 | Mar 2017

Stumbling block: Uncertainty in 2016-17 is expected to subdue impressive recent growth

IBISWorld’s Commercial Building Construction market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Kier Construction Limited Kier Construction Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Investment is expected to be constrained, and some high-profile projects may be delayed
  • Public-sector educational building and health-care facility schemes have boosted industry revenue
  • Shopping centre projects may be delayed due to economic uncertainty and low consumer confidence
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Commercial Building Construction industry has performed well in recent years, after weak economic conditions weighed on private investment in commercial and industrial premises at the start of the five-year period through 2016-17. However, landmark office developments, rising demand for office space, demand for car parks as new car sales soared and renewed spending on public health and educational facilities have supported a resurgence in industry activity and consistent expansion in industry revenue since 2013-14.

The expansion of the economy over the past five years has supported rising capital expenditure, which has led to overall revenue growth. Nevertheless, revenue fell significantly in 2012-13, which was indicative of a lingering degree of uncertainty in the economy... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The industry is in a mature stage of its life cycle. Industry value added (IVA), which measures the amount the industry adds to the economy, is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.8% over the 10 years through 2021-22 In comparison, UK GDP is projected to rise at a compound annual rate of 2.3% over the same period. Although industry revenue is estimated to increase at a slightly faster rate than this over the decade, pressure on profit margins is likely to limit any expansions in IVA in the next five years. Revenue has also grown from a very low base and not yet surpassed its pre-recession peak.

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Additional Insights for the Commercial Building Construction Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Commercial Building Construction Industry are

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Having good working relationships with subcontracting building trade specialists
  • Having links with suppliers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business capital expenditure and Demand from building project development in the Commercial Building Construction industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Commercial Building Construction Industry?

    This industry consists of firms that construct non-residential buildings to sell on their own account or on a fee or contract basis. This includes schools, hospitals, stores and airport buildings. The assembly and erection of prefabricated buildings is also covered. Repairs and maintenance are also included in the industry. Part or all of the construction process may be outsourced.

    Industry Products
    OfficesEducational buildingsHealth-care buildingsRetail buildingsEntertainment and recreation buildingsIndustrial buildingsOther non-residential buildings
    Industry Activities
    Constructing industrial buildings Constructing institutional buildings Constructing, office and other commercial buildingsConstructing recreation and entertainment facilitiesConstructing educational and health related facilitiesAssembling and erecting prefabricated non-residential buildings

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business capital expenditure
  • Demand from building project development
  • Business confidence index
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • Construction materials price index
  • Current Performance
  • Retail demand
  • Positive horizons
  • Public-sector opportunities
  • Input costs

    and threats

  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • In development
  • Financing and contract frameworks
  • Table: Commercial Building Construction Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Commercial Building Construction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Building Project Development
  • Department Stores
  • Warehousing & Storage
  • Primary Education
  • General Secondary Education
  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Architectural Activities
  • Bricklaying & Other Specialised Construction Services
  • Cement Manufacturing
  • Construction Equipment Rental & Leasing
  • Construction Supplies Wholesaling
  • Consultant Engineering Services
  • Mining, Construction & Civil Engineering Machinery Wholesaling
  • Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Offices
  • Educational buildings
  • Entertainment and recreation buildings
  • Retail buildings
  • Industrial buildings
  • Health-care buildings
  • Other non-residential buildings
  • Chart: Commercial Building Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Private sector - new work
  • Private sector - repairs and maintenance
  • Public sector - new work
  • Public sector - repairs and maintenance
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Commercial Building Construction Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages and subcontractor costs
  • Purchases
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Commercial Building Construction
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Commercial Building Construction Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Kier Construction Limited
  • Table: Kier Construction Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Commercial Building Construction Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Commercial Building Construction Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Building Schools For The Future
  • An investment programme launched by the previous Labour government aimed at upgrading or replacing secondary school buildings in England.
  • Private Finance Initiative (Pfi)
  • Where private capital is used to fund public infrastructure and building developments in return for the asset being partly privatised. It is a means of developing PPPs.
  • Public-Private Partnership (Ppp)
  • An agreement between a public agency and a private company to share their skills, assets and financial resources to deliver a building for public use.

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    This report on Commercial Building Construction:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Commercial Building Construction market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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