Michael Dall discusses the construction market for London 2015.
London construction outlook strong for 2015
Published: 13 February, 2015
A recent report shows encouraging signs for London construction after steady growth in 2014, positioning 2015 to be a strong year with forecasted growth at 5.3% and a number of major schemes in the pipeline.
‘The outlook of construction for London in 2015’ report from Barbour ABI, a provider of construction data for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the government, was outlined by lead economist Michael Dall to an audience at UBM’s new global headquarters, epitomising the strength of commercial construction in the capital.
Summarising the report, construction output was on the increase in 2014, with London leading all regions with £28bn. 23% of the UK total and contracts awarded in London has also increased by over 10% year-on-year. Looking at 2015, major London construction projects due to begin include the £600m Battersea Power Station commercial office led development and the £420m 10 Fenchurch Street office and retail project, both helping to maintain the capital’s dominance in 2015.
Mr Dall said: “Moving into 2015, the outlook for overall construction sector growth is encouraging. Residential will likely maintain its dominance as the major sector in construction, with a significant amount of activity likely in London. Projects such as the £200m Leamouth Peninsula North and the £350m redevelopment of the BBC Television Centre into a residential community will ensure residential in London continues to grow. Commercial and retail are also likely to increase output in London, and overall forecasted growth for the next four years suggests that 2015 will be the strongest for construction.”