Steelwork continues to dominate structural frames market
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%.