Construction Trade Survey May 2019
The first quarter of 2019 proved a mixed one for the construction supply chain. Increases in sales of products and materials for manufacturers contrasted with decreases in workloads and output reported by contractors, builders and civil engineers carrying out construction work on the ground. The weakness in construction activity was broad-based across sectors from housing to commercial and the public sector, whilst for civil engineers, the decreases in activity were reported in seven out of ten infrastructure sub-sectors, including railways, local roads and preliminary works. The results echo other industry surveys such as the Markit/CIPS PMI that showed falling activity in Q1.
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...