Market Report, "United Kingdom Infrastructure Report Q4 2014", published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Mon Oct 27 2014

We have upgraded our forecasts for construction industry value growth in the UK to 4.3 % in 2014 and 3.5% in 2015, cementing the UK as one of the most attractive market s for infrastructure and construction globally . The residential sector's recovery is driving construction industry growth , and although the government has been criticised for failing to push projects through, the UK has one of the strongest infrastructure project pipelines in Europe.

Major developments in the market:

* 2014 has seen a major recovery in house building, although we note that output levels remain below pre-crisis peaks. As such, we expect momentum in the residential sector to continue to be robust, although note that interest rates are expected to be increased in early 2015 and as such we expect slower growth.
* We expect there to be a delay in decisions on major infrastructure projects until after the 2015 general election. In particular we highlight that new power generation infrastructure will be delayed owing to various political party policies which would raise questions among major utilities over investing in new capacity.
* In line with a number of our views on foreign investment into the UK and a broad-based housing recovery, Abu Dhabi United Group has signed an agreement with Manchester City Council to develop 6,000 new homes in two East Manchester neighbourhoods in a 10-year GBP1bn deal. Help To Buy is not a threat to the UK housing market, and we believe that there are measures in place to prevent any serious bubble emerging.
* Insurance group Legal & General wants to build five new towns across Britain over the next 10 years at a cost of up to GBP5bn (USD8.22bn).
* In December 2013, although no project specifics were announced, Prudential, Aviva, Standard Life, Friends Life and Lloyds Banking Group unit Scottish Widows all committed to investing GBP25bn in UK transport and energy infrastructure over the next five years. This...

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The United Kingdom Infrastructure Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.

BMI's United Kingdom Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the British infrastructure and construction industry.

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