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June 2015

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Education Pg 9-11 Health Pg 12-14 Social Housing Pg 15-17 Urban Regeneration Pg 18-19 HOUSING BRIGHTEST SPOT AS CONSTRUCTION SUFFERS ELECTION HANGOVER June 2015 n News n Refurbishment & Retrofit n Roofing, Cladding & Insulation n Heating & Ventilation n Education n Health n Social Housing n Urban Regeneration Public Sector building specification READER ENQUIRY 1 UK construction continues to feel the impact of the general election as activity drops for the second consecutive month, according to figures released by industry analysts Glenigan. The Glenigan Index for June, which covers the value of projects starting on site during the previous three months, has declined by 10% as activity stalled in the run up to polling day. Civil engineering and non- residential work fell by 21%, with further declines in the retail, office and industrial sectors. Following last month's strong performance, hotel and leisure starts have now also fallen into the red, down 20% on a year ago. The public sector experienced differing fortunes, with declining non-residential work driven by a 20% fall in education starts as universities continue to postpone schemes. In contrast, the health sector saw starts increase by 20%, even excluding major projects including Papworth Hospital in Cambridge and the New Dumfries and Galloway Royal, both funded through variations of Private Finance Initiative models. By contrast, the Glenigan Residential Index is up 9%, with value of schemes started by private housebuilders 14% higher than a year earlier - the fastest expansion since July 2014. Social housing starts were also up on a year earlier, with the sector seeing a modest upturn in recent months after weakening during 2014. Allan Wilén, Economics Director at Glenigan, said: "Despite the recent slowdown in project starts, our data indicates that activity will bounce back quickly over the next couple of months. "The value of contracts awarded has continued to grow during 2015 and developers will now be mobilising their project teams. We expect this to come to fruition with a surge in starts during the second half of the year." The regional picture reveals continued contraction, with only the East Midlands escaping the slowdown. London and the South East saw only modest declines, as did the North West and North East of England. However other parts of Northern England, the West Midlands and Wales all saw sharp falls relative to a year ago. BSRIA's new BIM Roadmap Guide provides a method for an organisation to chart or map their corporate BIM strategy (which meets the Level 2 requirement by UK Government) via a number of clear stages or layers. The guide expands on the approach that is already in use by HM Government departments involved in the current 2016 BIM and GSL mandate by explaining the stages in detail and putting them into context. The guide initially focuses on BIM engagement via new build BUILDING OWNER'S GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTING BIM construction projects, but then moves on to look at the wider aspects of BIM used as a process or tool for managing live asset portfolios, where individual construction projects are simply parts. It is aimed at those who are responsible for developing a BIM strategy within a building owner organisation. It can also serve as a useful guide to BIM for all those involved with BIM projects and for those who may be taking over assets provided using BIM processes. The Unite Group plc, the UK's leading developer and manager of student accommodation, has received planning consent for a 1.8 acre site on St. Leonard's Street in central Edinburgh. The development will provide 579 beds for the City's students and is expected to be completed in the 2017/18 academic year. UNITE SECURES PLANNING APPROVAL FOR PRIME SITE The site, situated near to the central campus of the University of Edinburgh, is in close proximity to the city centre's amenities and transport links. The location will also be convenient for students at other Edinburgh institutions including: Napier University, Herriot Watt University and Queen Margaret University. Levato Mono t. 0845 2700 696 e. info@thedecktileco.co.uk w. www.thedecktileco.co.uk Porcelain Paver System • 20mm porcelain pavers 40x80 45x90 60x60 75x75 30x120 40x120 60x120 • Eternal product - zero maintenance required – offering massive over-life savings • Ideal for balconies, roof terraces and piazzas, for both commercial & residential use • Height-adjustable supports from 9mm up to 550mm • High slip resistance

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