Monthly Archives: October 2014

Construction Industry expected to grow up to 2018

According to a report published by the Construction Products Association, construction output is forecast to grow 4.7% in 2014 and a further 4.8% in 2015, providing an additional £11 billion of activity to the UK economy in just two years.

Construction Industry expected to grow up to 2018

The primary driver of growth in construction during 2013 was the £17.1 billion private housing sector. It is also the sector that has received the most effective intervention from policy makers. The direct impact of Help to Buy part one has been muted but the indirect impact on the housing market has been considerable.

Effective demand rose, through rises in mortgage lending, and private starts in Britain rose by 21.0% in 2013. Further growth of 18.0% in private starts is anticipated in 2014 with 10.0% growth in 2015 before post-election uncertainty regarding the future of Help to Buy Part One is reflected in more subdued growth.

Key Points Include:

  • Construction output to grow 4.7% in 2014 and 4.8% in 2015
  • Private housing starts to rise 18.0% in 2014 and 10.0% in 2015
  • Commercial offices output to grow 10.0% in 2014 and 8.0% in 2015
  • Industrial warehouses construction to rise 20.0% in 2014 and 10.0% in 2015
  • Education construction to rise 2.2% in 2014 after three years of consecutive falls
  • Health construction to fall, the sixth consecutive year of falls, due to lack of PFI work

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Visqueen chosen supplier for Costain Skanska JV Rail Project in London

Visqueen Building Products is proud to be a part of the ventilation and access shafts project at Crossrail Contract 360 Eleanor Street and Mile End Shafts, on the route between Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations.

IMG_4672Crossrail awarded the project to Costain Skanska JV in 2012. Worked started towards the end of that year and has seen two shafts built to around 30 metres below ground. The shafts will house ventilation and emergency exit facilities between Stratford and Whitechapel stations.

At Mile End, work included the relocation of a coach park and all-weather football pitch plus ensuring continued access to the Mile End Park Leisure Centre for the local community throughout the project.


The ventilation shafts along the Crossrail route have been designed to ensure optimal air movement within the tunnels. As Crossrail trains will be air-conditioned, they will release warm air. The shafts will help extract this warm air out of the tunnels.

SIG Construction Accessories in Thurrock, stockists of Visqueen Building Products tanking membranes, supplied the project with Visqueen TorchOn Tanking Membrane and the Visqueen TreadGUARD1500 protection board.

Two layers of the TorchOn Tanking Membrane have already been installed; this has then been protected by TreadGUARD 1500 to ensure the membrane is protected during construction of the RC Slab.

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Future Events: 2014 Brick Awards – recognising excellence in design and construction using brick

Visqueen Building Products are proud to confirm their forthcoming attendance to the 2014 Brick Awards, hosted by The Brick Development Association which represents the United Kingdom and Ireland’s clay brick and paver manufacturers.

Bricks Award

The Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 12th November at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London.

The annual Brick Awards is one of the longest established and most widely respected design awards in the UK, now in its 28th year.

The Awards ceremony will recognise excellence in design and construction using brick. Architects, Designers, Owners, Developers, House Builders and Specialist Contractors will be in the running for 17 prestigious trophies and more than 100 certificates will be issued to the successful projects.

The ceremony will also acknowledge the architects/ designers, brick manufacturers on each project. Visqueen Building Products will be hosting a table at the awards ceremony and will be joined by a selection of their long-standing customers.

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