Construction Industry Forecast Summer 2018
Construction activity in 2018 has already been dragged down by the fall in output during the first quarter of the year, in which the industry lost over £1.0 billion of work. This fall was primarily due to the liquidation of Carillion in January and then poor weather throughout the first quarter affected late February and early March. The extent to which the decline in output in 2018 Q1 affects work overall for the year will be determined by, firstly, the effects of Carillion’s demise on near-term activity on the ground as well as the impact on its subcontractors and suppliers and, secondly, the extent to which work lost during the periods of bad weather can be recovered.
Although there is an increasing interest and application in using adhesive-bonded connections for new buildings, the main demand for this technology in the UK is for repairs to structural timbers. The original concept was aimed at repairing historic structures. However, the technology is increasingly being used for repairing modern materials...
Adhesives are widely used in non-structural applications such as furniture manufacture and joinery. They are also used in the manufacture of panel products such as plywood, particleboard, fibreboard and oriented strandboard (OSB), of which some grades are used structurally.
Glulam and structural timber composites such as cross laminated...
Repairs become necessary when a building is no longer safe or serviceable for its intended purpose, or to restore or improve its appearance, performance or function.
Timber structures can be repaired using traditional all-timber methods, mechanical fasteners and adhesives, but only following survey and assessment that take account of...