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UK Construction Industry Overview: Key Trends to Watch in the Year Ahead

Aug 27, 2019

UK Construction Industry Overview

Like any other sector, the UK construction industry is witnessing a phase of transformation. Contractors around the world are transitioning their operations to integrate new ideas, opportunities, and technologies. While all the eyes are still on the EU exit date of 31st October, one thing is certain – building contractors are less likely to face any shortages in terms of opportunities for business growth in 2019. Therefore, companies in the UK construction industry must keep tabs on the latest trends and stay up to date to remain competitive in the market. Here are a few major trends that are expected to gain traction and impact the UK construction industry this year.

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UK Construction Industry Trends to Watch Out in 2020

Drone technology

Labor shortage has been one of the biggest challenges facing contractors in the UK construction industry. This has forced companies to explore the use of drone technology. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, can access remote location, collect data, and influence business intelligence and forecasting models. Also, they can capture the project progress from 400 ft above the ground.

Furthermore, the decreasing cost of the high-quality drone and the initial success stories are likely to increase the usage of drones, making them the most sought technology in the UK construction industry.    

Increased use of sustainable materials

Despite beautiful architecture and design, building structures with sustainability is a key focus, which companies shouldn’t overlook. This will not only help the environment but also position them as a creative company within the UK construction industry. 

With the growing focus on eco-focused designs, companies have been compelled to incorporate recycled and reclaimed materials in modern buildings. This will help them reduce production costs and carbon emissions produced during the production of new materials.

Prefabricated construction

The UK house crisis is creating the need for swift and cheap housing construction. Such modular construction has never been in greater demand than right now. It provides an efficient and more sustainable building structure than any other alternative for companies. Not only this, such construction activities will reduce the number of laborer’s required, noise pollution and waste. Also, such eco-friendly practices will influence the future of construction business.

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Improved use of robotics

The use of robotics and automated smart machines is another factor influencing the UK construction industry. It not only helps companies to boost productivity and accuracy but also reduces overhead and waste. From foundation building to autonomous construction equipment on job sites, robotics can be used for everything. It can enable contractors to deliver projects faster and more efficiently while offsetting the loss of skilled laborers by automating manual processes.

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