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Steelwork continues to dominate structural frames market

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According to the latest market survey by Construction Markets, steel continues to be the framing solution of choice in the UK and accounted for 43.4% of the total market in 2018.

Steel continued to dominate the multi-storey office buildings market with a share of over 70% for buildings of two-storeys and higher. For buildings of six-storeys and over, steel’s market share was almost 79%.

Multi-storey public education buildings exhibited a strong preference for steel with a market share of 62.9%, although the overall market eased with a 1.1% fall. The multi-storey public health buildings market suffered a fall of 23%, although steel continued to enjoy a 46% share of the market.

In the conventional single storey non-domestic buildings’ market, which includes public and private health and education buildings, retail, leisure and offices, there was a fall of almost 4%, but steel increased its share to almost 65%.

As usual, steel dominated the other single storey non-domestic buildings market, a sector that includes industrial buildings and distribution centres (sheds). This sector increased by nearly 3% in 2018 and steel increased the area of floor covered by over 2.5% and maintained a dominant market share of over 90%.

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