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Lead time warnings on cement and aggies deliveries



The ket products groups have joined a growing list of materials in short supply, including timber, steel, roof tiles, bricks and imported products such as screws, fixing, plumbing items, sanitaryware, shower enclosures, electrical products and appliances.

In a joint statement the Builders Merchants Federation and Construction Products Association, warned: “Demand for construction products remains high both in the UK and globally and is set to continue throughout 2021 in every sector.

“Unfortunately, this means the availability issues we are currently experiencing are likely to worsen before they improve.”

While supplies of plaster and plasterboard have much improved on last year, almost every other product group has started to see longer lead times and, as a consequence, higher prices.

The trade bodies said that prior to the temporary blockage of the Suez Canal, firms were seeing a slight lowering of both container costs and delivery times for key imported goods.  This improving trend is anticipated to continue once the effect of the temporary closure works through.”

But suppliers also warned that imports of timber would be an issue for the foreseeable future.

“Not enough timber is being produced to meet world demand.  Added to this, other countries are prepared to pay more to secure their supply, pushing the UK lower down the pecking order.

“Steel is also experiencing strong global demand. While supply and demand are likely to rebalance within the next few months, global dynamics will continue to drive prices up, said the statement.

“Raw material shortages constraining polymer supplies are causing production problems for plastics, particularly lower ground drainage.

“Coatings manufacturers are also experiencing raw material shortages beyond their control, at a time when demand is particularly high.  These issues will continue for at least 2-3 months, warn the BMF and CPA.

“All users should plan for increased demand and longer delays, keep open lines of communication with their suppliers and order early for future projects.”


South East Wales professional services winners




The framework has been divided into 11 lots covering a range of services including multi-disciplinary design, site supervision, highways and aviation consultancy.

Teams selected for the four year agreement will work on a range of projects across the region, with other public bodies in Wales free to use the panel.

Key lot winners

Multi-discipline ( value £105m)

Aecom, AHR Architects, Amey OW, Arcadis, Arup, Capita, Jacobs, Mott McDonald, RHomco Consultaing, Stride Treglown, Wardell Armstrong, Tetra Tech, Mace,

Civil and Highway Engineering Consultants (£15m)

Aecom, Amey OW, Arup, Atkins, Alistair Burroughs Design Partnership, Capita, Curtins, Jacobs, Local Transport Projects, Mott MacDonald, RPS, Tetra Tech,

Transportation Consultants (£15m)

Aecom, Amey OW, Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Capita, Jacobs, Local Transport Projects, Mott MacDonald, RPS Consulting, Tetra Tech

4. Ground and Water Consultancy (£20m)

Aecom, Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Capita, Jeremy Benn Associates, Mott MacDonald, Ramboll, RPS Consulting, Stantec, Tetra Tech, Waterco

6. Site Supervision (£10m)

Amey OW, Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Alistair Burroughs Design Partnership, Capita, Collaborative Project Management Services, DRAC Consulting, Expedite Project Services, Mott MacDonald, Tetra Tech,

7. Aviation Consultants (£5m)

Aecom, Amey OW, Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Alistair Burroughs Design Partnership, Capita, Mott MacDonald,RPS Consulting, Tetra Tech, Helios Technology, GMR Aviation Consulting

8. Geotechnical Consultants (£2m)

Aecom, Amey OW, Arup, Atkins, Capita, Curtins, Mott MacDonald, Ramboll, RPS Consulting, Stantec, Sweco, Tetra Tech

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Daily Update – April 16th




Politics Live

8:20am – A story that may end up dominating the news today as the Greensill row continues. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has shares in a business that won NHS contracts.

8:15am – So what’s in the news this fine Friday?

  • Covid updates paused for Prince Philip mourning
  • Second cabinet office adviser revealed to have worked for Greensill while in civil service
  • A business that Matt Hancock and his sister have shares in won NHS contracts

8:00am – Welcome back to another day of Politics Live!

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BIM wiz becomes Tilbury Douglas digital chief




Tilbury Douglas has a new head of digital to help drive the company’s digital transformation strategy.

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