Construction Industry Forecast Winter 2017-2018
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The overall construction output figures mask varying fortunes across the different construction sectors and growth over the two years is forecast to be heavily dependent on housing outside the capital and infrastructure. Without this growth in these sectors, construction output would fall by almost 2.0% in 2018 and remain flat in 2019. Outside of the private housing and infrastructure sectors, slower UK economic growth and uncertainty around slower growth prospects is expected to weigh on construction output in private sectors. This, combined with the persistent uncertainty created by the slow progress of the UK government’s negotiations on the terms of leaving the EU, has acted as a considerable hindrance to major new investment in private sector construction, especially for new high-end residential and commercial offices projects within London that are particularly reliant on foreign investment.
The resistance to sound is not just a legal requirement; designers should take account of the expected transmission of sound between dwellings, between rooms and from outside, and design the walls and floors accordingly.
The Building Regulations require that occupants of a dwelling be 'reasonably protected' from noise...
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...