The research, which has been carried out annually since 1980, shows that the overall market for multi-storey buildings fell in 2016 by 2.5%, but steel increased its share of that market by about 1%. The single storey non-domestic buildings market, where steel commands a market share of 88.5% compared to just under 87% in 2015, showed growth of over 1%.
The total market for structural frames in Great Britain is estimated at just over 41.5Mm2 of floor area, a 2% rise on the previous year. Steel took the largest market share, at over 45%, with masonry at 36%, in situ concrete at less than 6%, timber 11.5% and precast concrete at just over 1%.
Multi-storey non-domestic buildings account for over 21% of the total frames market, dominated by steel with a market share of over 66% which was a rise from just over 65% in 2015 (see chart). In situ concrete held a share of under 20%, the research shows.
In the offices segment of the multi-storey market – which accounts for almost 34% of the total multi-storey market – steel’s market share rose by over 3.5% to almost 72%.
The residential buildings market rose by 5% overall and steel increased market share by 0.1%. Within the residential category the market for high-rise apartments was particularly strong during the year, rising by 46.5%, and steel’s share rose slightly.
Overall, the single storey ‘sheds’ market saw growth of over 3% and steel’s share of that market rose by just over 1%. The industrial buildings segment – which accounts for over 50% of the total ‘sheds’ market – saw a rise of over 11%, and steel’s market share grew to 98.2%.
In the market for single storey conventional braced frames there was an overall market fall of over 10%, but steel’s market share rose slightly. The key markets in this sector are education, almost 44% of the market, and leisure, almost 25%, with steel increasing its share of both.