Construction and Property Breakfast Club Members Appraise 2017 and Predict 2018 Growth

(From left) Justin Galloway Acheson Construction Ltd, Nick Groves of WFBA, David Ardley from Gleeds.
(From left) Justin Galloway Acheson Construction Ltd, Nick Groves of WFBA, David Ardley from Gleeds.

Members at the last quarterly meeting of Southern Construction and Property Breakfast Club have predicted that demand for commercial and residential construction will remain strong for the foreseeable future.  Considered opinions from various business professionals from the Solent region who attend the meetings held at the Ageas Hilton Hotel, were likeminded when asked to appraise business during 2017.

Richard Summers, Urban Designer and Director from Southampton based Boyle+Summers Ltd, said that business has been good in 2017 with a number of key new clients bringing interesting projects to the company, most recently a housing project in Cornwall. He anticipates that 2018 will be similar to this year.  That prediction is shared by Justin Galloway, Business Development Manager with Acheson Construction in Chandler Ford:   “It’s been a busy market thanks to private developments and industrial Investment.   We expect business will remain buoyant and are planning new offices and investment with aspirations to grow the business this coming year.”

Recruitment will be important to many of the businesses experiencing this growth in demand. David Ardley, Director of international property and construction consultancy company Gleeds. He  stated that their Hedge End offices have seen its team expand in 2017 and expects to expand more in 2018 as they win projects within most sectors including commercial, education, defence, and energy: “Next year won’t be any more challenging than any other year!  We will continue to introduce college leavers to the business with day release in our own apprenticeship program offering on the job training.”

Nick Groves, Director at Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineers WFBA agrees that 2017 was a good year with growth in their client base and repeat business introducing a multitude of interesting projects.  “Our focus is now including more front end work.  This means that we are more involved with the feasibility stages, to “free up” sites and help de-risk land purchases and to boost the viability of a development.”  

Offering competitive fees whilst ensure a reasonable profit and working within tight profit margins in a difficult economic climate will continue to affect  developers, contractors, project managers, cost consultants, consulting engineers, architects, and planning specialists in the region.

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