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April 2022 - UK Housebuilding: "there is a storm coming Mr Wayne"
Q1 2022 was a tempestuous three months for the UK Housebuilding Sector. Nor is it likely to change near term, hence the feline warning from Catwoman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'. For the record, too, the Sector lost 25.2% or £11.1 billion in Q1 2022; and, on 31 March 2022, the Sector was 39% lower than its all-time peak on 19 February 2020. The first issue is the £8 billion or so that the industry has been tagged with to remedy the UK's flammable cladding issues in tall buildings. Second: the War in Ukraine and the global fallout thereof. Good job, then, that the industry is better managed and better funded than in a generation. Note, too, Building Value's range of services was been widened considerably in our association with those nice and very clever people at Space & Time Media, the award-winning growth marketing agency (see www.spaceandtime.co.uk).

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January 2022 - UK construction to surge by 6.8% in 2022

Experian, where Building Value is an advisor, updated its forecasts for UK Construction Output in January 2022. And, after a 15% plunge in 2020, the bounce came in 2021 with +14% (final number pending) - all in real terms - led by Private Housebuilding and Infrastructure. In 2022, the forecast rise in output is 6.8% to be followed by +4.1% in 2023 and +3% in 2024. All very good to be getting on with.

November 2021 - European construction output is forecast to grow by 3.6% in 2022

The latest Euroconstruct Conference, the 92th, was held, virtually, in Verona in November. It promulgated construction output forecasts for 20 nations and - for these combined - the real growth rate in 2022 is forecast at 3.6% (after a recovery of circa 5.6% last year). This will be followed by +1.5% and +1.2% in 2023 and 2024 respectively. In 2022, best in class are Ireland and Spain with support from the UK. In Germany, though, which is Europe's largest market, the outlook is pretty much flat over the piece.

January 2020 - Sam Baker in concert in Holland

On a frosty night in Wormer, in The Netherlands, the entire Board of Building Value saw an incandescent Sam Baker in concert accompanied by a virtuoso piano player in Radoslav Lorkovic. We met Sam afterwards and he said to our CEO: "I know you". Maybe, this was also the first and last concert of 2020?

August 2019 - Israel Nash
The entire staff of Building Value's Swedish office went to this one in Karlstad, central Sweden on a hot August night. Israel was in viseral form, too, and we got to hob-nob with him afterwards. It doesn't come much bigger or better. See him if you can on the next tour; and he goes everywhere.
March/April/May 2019: a musical spring

Building Value en masse saw Keith Urban ('Mr Nicole Kidman') in concert at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town and he shot out the lights. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket next time he comes around. More sedate but lovely - and full of nostalgia - were UB40 at the O2 Arena in April. it was a magical evening; and we met Astro. Nostalgia encore, too, with Daryll Hall & John Oates at Wembley, followed by sublimeness extraordinaire on four legs with Madison Violet in a room above The Queen's Head in Islington.

November 2018 - a musical autumn

The double bill to end all double bills took place at the O2 in November with The Steve Miller Band and John Fogerty (ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival) and the BVL Board was humbled to be there. Both band leaders are 70 plusers and were breath-takingly good. This was followed by Israel Nash at a tiny venue near Kings Cross - the boy is such a star (in everything that is good about that) and the incandescent Lera Lynn at the Zonnehuis in Amsterdam - and the Board met her after the show. 

September 2018 - Biffy Clyro unplugged RAH

There is only one thing better than Biffy Clyro in concert - electric - and that it Biffy Clyro unplugged. Indeed, it was a magical night at the Royal Albert Hall and a celebration of the band's work; the crowd, including the full BVL Board, knew every word of every song. Marvellous. 

January 2018 - Tony Williams of Building Value ranked Number One

Tony Williams was ranked Number One in Building & Construction in the annual Research Tree Analyst Rankings 2017.

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