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Steelwork further strengthens its structural frames market share

Steelwork continues to be the structural framing material of choice for a number of key construction sectors, according to the latest survey from independent market research consultants Construction Markets.

The 2022 survey, commissioned by Steel for Life and the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA), is the latest in a series going back to 1980 and is thought to be the biggest of its type in the UK, involving over 750 interviews with construction specifiers.

The overall structural frames market in the UK for 2022 was up 6.7% which highlights that the post-pandemic recovery is continuing. Steelwork’s overall market share stood at 45.4%, the biggest share of any material.

Steelwork has traditionally dominated the single storey non-domestic building market (sheds) and in 2022 it had a 94.2% market share, compared to 93.3% in 2021. Year on year, the sector, which accounts for almost 50% of the overall structural steelwork market by tonnage, increased by 19.7% with a total floor area of 12,486,000m2.

In the multi-storey non-domestic sector, steelwork’s share for 2022 was up from 65.5% in 2021 to 65.9%. Within this sector, steel accounted for 77.2% of the private offices market, which is an all-time high.

Elsewhere, steelwork’s market share was also up by 6.9% for multi-storey private retail buildings and up by 3% for health buildings.

BCSA Chief Executive Officer David Moore, said: “The survey shows that steel remains the preferred choice of the UK construction market across all the building types analysed.

“With the total UK consumption of constructional steel in 2022 rising 11.7% to 894,000 tonnes against a backdrop of 6.7% growth in the overall frames market, it is clear that steel has out-performed other framing materials and grown its market share across a broad range of sectors.”

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