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Nsc - March 2017 Now Published

The March edition of New Steel Construction magazine has now been published and is avaliable to read online.

This issue includes project reports on:
- Westgate shopping centre, Oxford
- Cumbria County Council office, Carlisle
- Tamesis One Redevelopment, Egham, Surrey
- The Range distribution centre, Avonmouth
- BBC Wales Broadcasting House, Cardiff.

The SCI technical article discusses the use of trusses in buildings, there is an additional article exploring the attributes of steelwork in the evolving circular economy, and the Advisory Desk clarifies advice regarding the calculation of the transient reponse factor when assessing the vibration of floor system.


Published: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:28:16 +0000


Construction Output In The Uk

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its estimates for construction output in the UK for January 2017 and new order for Quarter 4 2016.

- In January 2017, construction output fell by 0.4% compared with December 2016. However output grew on a 3 month basis by 1.8%.

- All new work showed signs of flattening out with growth of 0.1% in January 2017, but continued to grow in the latest 3 months compared with the previous 3 months at a rate of 2.1%.

- Despite falling month on year for the 13th consecutive month, infrastructure grew month-on-month for the third time in a row. increasing 3.5% in January 2017.

- Overall annual construction output growth has increased for 2016, to 2.4% from 1.5%.

- New orders fell by 2.8% in Quarter 4 of 2016, driven mainly by falls in private industrial and private commerical work.

- Despite new orders falling in Quarter 4 of 2016, the annual volume of new orders is now at its highest level since 2008. The full report can be found at:
https://www.ons.gov.uk/businessindustryandtrade/constructionindustry/bulletins/constructionoutputingreatbritain/jan2017andnewordersocttodec2016 .
Published: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:29:24 +0000


Uk Structural Sections Price Increase

British Steel will be raising transaction prices for structural sections by £30/t per metric tonne effective on all deliveries from Monday 3rd April.
Published: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:16:08 +0000


Constructional Steelwork Forecasts

The consumption of constructional steelwork in the UK is estimated to have increased 4% to 902,000 tonnes in 2016 according to Construction Markets. This increase in demand came off the back of an 8% rise in structural steelwork consumption in 2015.

In 2017, a small decline in activity will bring structural steelwork consumption back to 897,000 tonnes, followed by increases in subsequent years. Consumption is estimated to reach 914,000 tonnes in 2020 (the end of the forecast period).

Key growth sectors for structural steelwork in 2017 are expected to be:

- Power, as investment in alternative sources of energy such as waste to energy and new nuclear continue to move forward.

- Bridges as HS2 starts to move into the construction of structure, and government road and rail corporations continue to invest in infrastructure.
Published: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:12:43 +0000


Uk Construction Pmi - February 2017

UK Construction companies recorded a sustained expansion of overall business activity in February, with civil engineering replacing house building as the main growth driver, and commercial building decling for the first time since October 2016.

Meanwhile intense cost inflation persisted in February, which was overwhelmingly linked to higher prices for imported materials.

At 52.5 in Feburary, up slightly from 52.2 in January, the seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index registered above the neutral 50.0 threshold for the sixth consecutive month.
Published: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:16:29 +0000


Nsc February Out Now!

The January edition of New Steel Construction magazine has now been published and is avaliable to read here
Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:35:33 +0000


Manufacturing Makes A Strong Start To 2017

The UK manufacturing sector made a strong start to 2017. Output rose at the fastest rate since May 2014, as new order intakes expanded at a robust pace. Price pressures intensified, however as input cost inflation surged to a survey record high and output charges also increased at one of the steepest rates in the series history.

The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index posted 55.9 in January, only slightly below December's two-and-a-half year high of 56.1. The headline PMI has remained above the neutral mark of 50.0 for six straight months.
Published: Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:44:45 +0000


Market Share Survey - Structural Steel Grows Share In 2016

The latest survey from independent market research consultants ConstructionMarkets saw growth in steel's market share across key construction sectors in 2016.

The 2016 survey commissioned by BCSA and Steel for Life showed:

- Steel's market share in multi-storey buildings rose by almost 1% in 2016 and steel now accounts for over 66% of this market.

- Offices make up 34% of the multi-storey market and steel’s share in offices increased by almost 4%, lifting steels market share to 71.6% in 2016. Steel tonnage consumed across the offices sector in 2016 reached 124,000 tonnes (18,000 tonnes more than 2015).

- Structural steel dominates the shed market with steel’s market share increasing by over 1% to a 92.5% share.

- Within the shed sector, the industrial buildings sector grew by 11% overall, with steel maintaining its extremly high market share at 98.2%


Published: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:55:35 +0000


Parkersteel Featured On Building A Dream

Sam and Eryka took on the challenge of turning a warehouse into their dream home in South East London, catch up here
Sam and Eryka used ParkerSteel's hot rolled steel sheets to clad their kitchen cupboard doors and their entire lounge flooring. Sam commented on how excellent the flooring has worked out with their underfloor heating what with steel being such a good conductor of heat! As can be expected they were aiming for perfection with their build, so here at Parkers we laser cut the steel to ensure it was the perfect size, cut and finish for their kitchen cupboards.
Sam has thanked Parkers for the quick turn around of their order and for the delivery service provided. Along with thanking Glenn and Ross from sales for ensuring everything happened smoothly.
Sam and Eryka have passed on that the architects on the project were "blownaway with the interesting finish" of the hot rolled steel sheets and that the architects and themselves love the final look!
Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:16:38 +0000


Canterbury 10 Mile Road Race

On Sunday 22nd January 2017 ParkerTools are sponsoring the Invica East Kent AC 10 Mile Road Race around Canterbury, supporting Pilgrims Hospices. If you are looking for a local race to kick start your 2017, then get involved and sign up online here
10 members of our team are training hard to take part in this race and are doing it in aid of the Pilgrims Hospices. If you would like to donate to our runners you can do on our JustGiving Page
Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:48:07 +0000


Nsc - January 2017 Now Published

The January edition of New Steel Construction magazine has now been published and is avaliable to read here
Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:37:15 +0000


Price Increase Expected

Since the start of 2016 we've experienced a challenging trading environment with increasing raw material costs and a worsening exchange rate, which to date has not been passed on to our customers. However we continue to incur increasing costs, and whilst we have and continue to take significant steps to minimise any impace on price to our customers, it is now inevitable that prices will begin to increase across the sector. Find out more about these increased costs here.
Published: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:34:12 +0000


Arcelormittal Price Increase

Due to a dramatic surge in raw material costs, please be advised that ArcelorMittal are increasing sections prices by a further £40 with immediate effect. This increase is in addition to their October 24th price announcement.
Published: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:45:14 +0000


Parkerpoints Is Back For Christmas!

This Christmas we have decided to reward all our online customers with Parker Points Online Rewards. Basically if you buy steel stock and tools and fixings online with us, you automatically earn Parker Points which willearn you a variety of exciting rewards. This is a not to be missed opportunity to get rewarded for just going online to buy your steel stock, so put the phone down and get online and start earning points today. Plus Get double Bonus Rewards Just add Tools & Fasteners to your online steel order to qualify for our ParkerTools Christmas Offer Rewards too!
Published: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:30:48 +0000


Nce:structural Steelwork In Action

The eight feature in the Structural Steelwork in Action series published in New Civil Engineer (NCE) magazine on Monday 7th November. The latest feature includes a technical feature on floor vibration and four steel construction project reports. This feature and all other archive features and supplements can be found here
Published: Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:45:34 +0000


Steel Construction: Commercial Buildings

A new Steel Construction: Commercial Buildings supplement has just been published. It was produced by Steel for Life and the BCSA and will be distributed with the main UK construction press in November. The 24-page guide provides an overview of the multi-storey office buildingssector, highlights the key design and construction issues and presents a series of project case study reports that highlight how steel delivers first-class, cost-effective and sustainable commercial buildings. Click here to find out more.
Published: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:12:12 +0000


John Parker & Son Ltd Is Pleased To Announce...

John Parker & Son Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Dylan Alexander as Group Managing Director with effect from 1st November 2016. Guy Parker the outgoing Managing Director says: "We are delighted to make this appointment of the first non-family Managing Director in over 100 years of trading, at an exciting time where there are significant opportunities opening up in the UK steel industry." Dylan Alexander, previously the Group Commercial Director, has an undergraduate business degree from Loughborough University and masters business degree from the University of Oxford, where he was a double Oxford Rugby Blue. Guy Parker will remain full time as an advisory Non-Executive Director with a focus on growth, financial performance, strategy and project work. John Parker & Son Ltd is a family owned Steel Stockholding and Processing group with sales of £100 million+ and nearly 600 employees serving customers throughout the UK, based in Canterbury with operations in Shoreham, Cambridge, Crawley, Andover, Dorset and the Midlands. The company processes and distributes approximately 140,000 tonnes of steel a year. The groups other activities include tool and fixing sales, plant hire & steel fabrication.
Published: Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:27:40 +0000


Construction Sector Returns To Growth In September

September data highlighted an upturn in business activity across the UK construction sector for the first time since May, primarily driven by a recovery in residential building. New orders also rebounded during September, which ended a four-month period of sustained decline. Adjusted for seasonal influences, the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index® (PMI®) registered 52.3 in September, up from 49.2 in August and above the 50.0 no-change value for the first time in four months.
Published: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:37:05 +0100


October Edition Of New Steel Construction Magazine Out Now.

The October edition of the New Steel Construction magazine has now been published and is available to read online. This special issue features a report on the SSDA 2016 event and coverage of all the shortlisted projects focussing on those winning Awards, Commendations and Merits. The SCI technical article discusses the determination of steel subgrade using BS EN 1993-1-10 and the UK National Annex, and the Advisory Desk covers the appropriate anchorage of parallel decking.
Published: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:30:17 +0100


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Published: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:53:30 +0100


Euro 2016 Sweepstake Leader Board

The current results are now available on the ParkerSteel or the ParkerToolsfront pages. Just click the link, results will be updated daily.
Published: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:00:52 +0100


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Published: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:43:30 +0100


Building: Steel Insight

The sixteenth article in the Steel Insight series published in Building magazine on Friday 20 May.
The latest article includes cost update information from Gardiner & Theobald and two project case studies.
This issue’s case studies are 8 Finsbury Circus and The Monument Building, both in London.
Find out more at:
http://www.steelconstruction.info/Steel_construction_news
Published: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:34:59 +0100


Tata Steel Price Increase

Tata Steel will be raising transaction prices for structural sections by a further £60 per tonne effective on all deliveries from 01/06/16
Published: Tue, 10 May 2016 17:01:54 +0100


Current And Future Steel Supplies

In light of the recent changes in the UK Steel Industry and an influx of concerns from customers regarding the supply of steel, we want to assure our customers that the current issues around some parts of UK steel making will not affect our steel supply. With healthy stock levels and an undisrupted international supply chain including dedicated port facilities we will continue to offer a full range of products for all users.

This and other instabilities in the UK and world steel markets has resultedin rapid price increases on throughout the world and Europe in particular. Price increases in excess of £100 / tonne have been announced in most product groups over the last 6 weeks. These prices have been driven througha combination of these supply disruptions, exchange rate movements (£ Sterling), Anti-Dumping duties in Europe, Turkey and the UK, Scrap price, Iron Ore and Coking Coal increases.
Published: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:23:42 +0100


Arcelormittal Price Increase

Due to further increases in input costs resulting in unsustainable margins,we must increase sections prices by a further £30 with immediate effect. This increase is in addition to the 4th April and 8th March price announcements.
Published: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:40:54 +0100


Bcsa Uk Steelmaking

The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) continues to assure the construction sector that the ongoing issues around UK steelmaking will not affect the structural steelwork sector’s delivery of current and future projects.
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Published: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:08:52 +0100


Arcelormittal Price Increase

As a result of strongly rising input costs, please be advised that we will increase sections prices by £30 with immediate effect. This increase is in addition to the March announcement.
Published: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:16:10 +0100


Tata Steel Are Raising Transaction Prices

Tata Steel are raising transaction prices for Structural Steel Sections by a further £20 a tonne effective on deliveries from 3rd April 2016
Published: Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:55:59 +0000


Customer Insight Survey

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Published: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:08:42 +0000


Parker Insight Newsletter

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Published: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:05:06 +0000


Proud Sponsors Of The 2016 Pilgrims Hospice 10 Mile Charity Run

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Published: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:29:52 +0000


Sections Will Increase By £30 A Tonne

Since early 2015, there has been a negative development in the price of most long products. In some markets price levels, in particular for sections, have reached their lowest levels in years resulting in unsustainable producer margins. At the same time, real demand in Europe remains stable and forecasts for the main consuming sectors for 2016 are positive. In view of the above, please be advised that our prices for sections will increase by £30 with immediate effect.
Published: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:13:38 +0000


Uk Construction Pmi - September 2015

September data pointed to a further rebound in output growth across the UK construction sector, supported by faster rates of expansion in all three categories of activity monitored by the survey. Greater workloads and positive sentiment regarding the business outlook contributed to a sharp increase in staffing levels during September. However, new business growth continued to ease from June’s recent peak, with the latest upturn in new work the weakest for five months. Meanwhile, construction companies indicated the least marked lengthening of suppliers’ delivery times since November 2010, which provided further evidence that supply chain pressures have subsided in recent months.
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Published: Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:37:19 +0100


Surface Preparation For Galvanizing

In the majority of cases where steelwork is to be hot dip galvanised BS EN ISO 1461 is specified. This standard contains the coating thickness requirements which are sufficient to achieve a maintenance free coating life for most applications. For most application this is all that is needed. On occasions more detailed specifications may give the pre-treatment processes to be used prior to hot dip galvanizing.
Published: Mon, 07 Sep 2015 09:20:52 +0100


Parkersteel Building A 1.8mw Solar Installation At Shoreham

John Parker & Son Ltd (trading as ParkerTools and ParkerSteel) is to generate its own renewable electricity thanks to a 1.8 MWp solar array to be installed on the roof of its steel processing plant in Shoreham, Brighton.

The solar installation was designed and will be built and managed by the Anglo-Belgian solar company, PerPetum Energy. The solar installation was supplied at no cost to ParkerSteel. Instead the system is to be owned and operated by Larimin Ltd, a company backed by Guinness Asset Management Ltd's EIS Service, who will sell the electricity generated to ParkerSteel under a power purchase agreement (PPA).

It is predicted that the 1.8 MWp array is capable of generating enough energy to power the equivalent of 385 local homes annually. In addition, the operation of the solar scheme will negate the emission of around 70 tonnes of CO? every year.

View the full Press Release here :   ParkerSteel Solar Installation at Shoreham Plant
Published: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:22:40 +0100


Output In The Uk Construction Industry

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released data showing output inthe UK construction industry for May 2015. In April 2015, output in the construction industry: • Decreased by 1.3% compared with April 2015 • Increased by 1.3% compared with May 2014 • In the 3 months (March 2015, April 2015, May 2015) compared with the previous 3 months (December 2014, January 2015, February 2015) construction output fell by 0.4%
Published: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:00:21 +0100


Construction Sector Output Growth Is Rebounding Fast

Residential activity remained the fastest growing area of construction output in June. However, the acceleration in the headline index since May was driven by a sharp upturn in both commercial and civil engineering activity growth over the month.
Published: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:50:03 +0100


New Tekla Export Wizard - Free Download Available Now

If you use Tekla, make sure you download our new export wizard plug-in ParkerSteel has teamed up with Tekla to produce the must have plug-in for steelwork professionals. This new Tekla export wizard identifies all the necessary parts required for all or part of your project. Once the export wizard has identified all parts (including fixings & fasteners) it will automatically send a detailed list of the parts to ParkerSteel who will then be able to quickly supply you a quote for the complete project. The NEW plug-in can be download FREE at Tekla Warehouse
Published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:22:34 +0100


Chinese Steel Imports Contain High Levels Of Unwanted Elements

Please note: ParkerSteel DO NOT import steel from China in any form. "UK Steel has today put out a media release about imports of Chinese steel containing elevated levels of elements such as Boron, Chromium and Copper. For a steel to qualify as a ‘non-alloy structural steel’ in accordance with BS EN 10025-2 the quantities of elements contained in the steel need to comply with the limits given in BS EN 10020." For advice dealing with any imported Chinese Steel consult the BCSA who have released advice for the matter.
Published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:33:53 +0000


Uk Commercial Development Activity Report - January 2015

The headline Total Commercial Development Activity Index,a net balance monitoring the overall performance of the UK commercial property sector – continued to signal growth of commercial work in January That said, the rate of expansion eased at the start of 2015, with the net balance easing to a 20-month low of +10.5% (from +19.8%). UK commercial activity growth weakens amid stagnation in public sector. The headliune Total Commerciral Development Activity Index - a net balance monitoring the overall performance of the UK commcerical propery sector continued to signal growth of commercial work in January. That said the rate of expansion eased at the start of 2015, with the net balance deteriorating to a 20-month low of +10.5% (from +19.8%). UK commercial developers continued to forecast activity growth in the coming three months at the start of 2015, extending the current sequence which began in October 2012. Rising +21.5% to +24.8%, the respective net balance reached a seven-month high, and signalled a robust degree of optimism. Commercial work increased in five out of the 9 broad sectors monitored, with the sharpest expansion seen in industrial/warehouse activity.
Published: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:25:08 +0000


Structural Steelwork Forecasts 2015 - 2018

BCSA and Tata Steel engage a market research company, Construction Markets to forecast consumption of structural steelwork. The latest forecasts are now available and are summarised below and in the attached spreadsheet. The consumption of structural steelwork in the UK is expected to increase 9% to 895,000 tonnes in 2015 according to Construction Markets. This increase in demand comes off the back of a 6% rise in 2014, reflecting the ongoing recovery in the construction sector. Growth is forecast to continue in subsequent years, with structural steel consumption estimated to reach 972,000 tonnes in 2018 (the end of the forecast period). In 2015, the strongest volume growth will be seen in the in key industrial sector (+12%), offices (+10%), education (+8%) and power (+12%). The industrial sector continues to dominate demand for steel with 47% or 422,000 tonnes of the UK’s structural steel consumption forecast for this sector.
Published: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 09:13:29 +0000


New Parkerpoints Online Reward Scheme

Our brand new reward points system, allows you to collect points when you order online. From the 1st February until the 30th April 2015, we will giveyou one point for every pound you spend on either www.ParkerSteel.co.uk or www.ParkerTools.co.uk! Rewards include a variety of amazon vouchers + you even have the chance to earn a free Apple iPad. It could'nt be easier, simply by placing orders online will earn you rewards!
Published: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:16:40 +0000


Manufacturing Pmi Edges Higher At Start Of 2015

UK manufacturing started 2015 on a firmer footing, as growth of output and new orders ticked higher following the slowdown seen through much of the latter half of 2014. The big mover during January was the trend in purchasing costs, as the recent slump in oil prices fed through to the steepest drop in input costs since May 2009. The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager’s Index® (PMI®) roseto 53.0 in January, a shade higher than December’s revised reading of 52.7 (originally published as 52.5). The headline PMI has remained above the neutral 50.0 mark in each month since April 2013.
Published: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:34:06 +0000


Tata Steel Uk Sections Price Increase

For the past 12 months the UK market has experienced continued strong demand for Structural Steel Sections with this improvement now being experienced in other regions. Despite these positive developments prices for Structural Sections have continued to decline. Given this improving demand for our products in an environment where returns remain depressed, we write to advise you that we will apply, on allnew orders from 2nd February 2015 an increase of £20 per tonne. We remain committed to being your long-term partner and in recognising the variety of products we supply to a range of markets, we would be happy to discuss this price change with you in more detail. Your Tata Steel Account Manager will contact you to discuss this further at the earliest opportunity.
Published: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:12:48 +0000


Uk Construction Forecasts – Winter 2014-15

Despite a slowdown in economic growth in the second half of the year, GDP expansion for 2014 as a whole is estimated at 3 per cent, which will be thebest annual performance since 2006. All three main elements of the economy – investment, household spending and public consumption – experienced growth last year, inflation has continued to fall and employment has grown strongly. However, earnings growth remained weak and only started to exceed the inflation rate at the end of 2014. Exports were weak on the back of poor Eurozone performance, making continued recovery increasingly reliant on consumer spending growth. Furthermore, public finances did not see the recovery expected in 2014, with tax receipts below expectations, and thus austerity measures are likely to continue for some time. In the construction sector 2014 has undoubtedly been the year of the housing market, with both public and private housing output showing very strong growth.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:47:25 +0000


Arcelor Mittal - £20/tonne Increase On All Sections

“Since the beginning of 2014 there has been a negative development in the price of sections, with prices in European markets falling from Jan 14 levels. The drop in scrap prices in the same period has not been commensurate and has resulted in a margin squeeze. The trend has not changed so far in the new year meaning that current prices are now unworkable. Sections demand in 2014 in EU markets grew y-o-y for the first time since 2011 and a further improvement is expected in 2015. Furthermore, demand in the main export markets remains strong, resulting in a higher order intake from export markets for our mills whilst the stronger USD has greatly improved price levels in these export markets. Considering all of the above please note that we will apply, with immediateeffect, a price increase of £20 for all new sections bookings.”
Published: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:21:23 +0000


Output In The Uk Construction Industry - November 2014

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released data showing output inthe UK construction industry for November 2014. In November 2014, output in the construction industry was estimated to havedecreased by 2.0% compared with October 2014. All new work decreased by 0.4%, with all types of new work except private new housing and infrastructure reporting decreases: public other (-2.7%), private industrial (-2.3%), public new housing (-1.3%) and private commercial (-1.2%). Compared with November 2013, output in the construction industry showed an increase of 3.6%. All new work rose 5.7% over the period.
Published: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:10:24 +0000


Uk Commercial Development Activity Report - December 2014

Growth of UK commercial activity picks up to three-month high The headline Total Commercial Development Activity Index – a net balance monitoring the overall performance of the UK commercial property sector – ticked up to a three-month high of +19.8% in December (from +17.7%). Despite ending the year on a stronger note, the average net balance for thefinal quarter of 2014 (+18.2%) was the lowest since Q2 2013.
Published: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:09:21 +0000


Uk Construction Pmi – December 2014

Slowest rise in UK construction output since July 2013onstruction sector inRobust overall output growth continued across the UK construction sector inDecember, but the strength of the recovery moderated further from the peaksseen earlier in the year. At 57.6, down from 59.4 in November, the seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS UKConstruction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) signalled the least marked increase in construction output for 17 months. That said, the latest reading was higher than the long-run series average (54.5) and well above the 50.0 value that separates expansion from contraction.
Published: Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:40:44 +0000


Output In The Uk Construction Industry Sep 2014 & Quarter 3 2014

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released data showing output in the UK construction industry for September 2014 and Quarter 3 2014

In Q3 2014, output in the construction industry was estimated to have grown by 0.8% compared with Q2 2014. Between Q3 2013 and Q3 2014 output was estimated to have increased by 2.9%. This was the sixth consecutive period of annual quarter-on-quarter growth

In September 2014, output in the constructino industry was estimated to have increased by 1.8% compared with August 2014, following a fall of 3.0% in August and an increase of 2.0% in July

On the year, the picture is of continued growth, with output in the construction industry increasing by 3.5% in September 2014 compared with September 2013. This was the 16th consecutive period of year-on-year monthly growth

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Published: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:53:43 +0000


Uk Construction Forecasts - Autumn 2014

Experian's UK construction forecast for Autumn 2014 has been released. Below is a summary of the forecast, including a table hat provides sector forecasts for 2014-2016

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Published: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:40:04 +0000


Uk Construction Pmi - September 2014

Strong output growth was maintained across the UK construction sector in September, suppored by sharp rises in housing, commercial and civil engineering activity. However, while the overall performance of the construcino sector was close to its strongest since the summer of 2007, latest data indicated that new order growth and job reation both eased to their lowest for four months. Moreover, supply chain pressures resulted in a further steep increse in input costs, as well as further delays in the receipt of construction materials.

Adjusted for seasonal influences, the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) posted 64.2 in September, up fractionally from 64.0 in August. The latest reading signalled a sharp expansion of overall construction output that was the steepest since January (and second-fastest seen over the past seven years).

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Published: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:52:19 +0100


Uk Commercial Development Activity Report - July 2014

The headline Total Commercial Development Activity Indx - a net balance monitoring the overall performance of the UK commercial property sector - remained comfortably inside positive territory during July. The index recorded +27.7%, down slightly from June's four-month high of +30.7%

Public commercial work improved at a firmer rate, but continued to lag the private sector, where growth remained elevated. In line with the recent trend, all nine monitored sub-sectors posted a rise in acivity, led by industrial/warehouse. The slowest increase was registered on public office activity.

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Published: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:02:19 +0100


Output In The Construction Industry June & Quarter 2 2014

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released data showing output in the UK construction industry for June and Quarter 2 2014,

In Q2 2014 there was estimated to be no growth in construction output when compared with Q1 2014. However, the annual growth between Q2 2014 and Q2 2013 was estimated to have increased by 4.8%

The monthly estimates for construction output for June 2014 increased by 1.2% when compared with May 2014, with new work increasing by 0.9% and repair & maintenance increasing by 1.6%.

On the year, the picture is one of growth with output in the construction industry increasing by 5.3% in June 2014 compared with June 2013. During this period there were increases in both new work and repair & maintenance of 5.4% and 5.0% respectively.

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Published: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:44:29 +0100


Uk Construction Pmi - July 2014

Strong output growth was sustained across the UK construction sector during July. Although the pace of expansion moderated slightly from the four-month high recorded in June. Housing activity remianed by far the best performing construction category, with the latest rise in output the sharpest for over a decade. Meanwhile, sharp increases in overall construction activity led to a new survey-record pace of job creation and a further rapid lengthening of suppliers' delivery times in July.

The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) registered 62.4 in July, down slightly from 62.6 in June but above the neutral 50.0 mark for the fifteenth successive month. Moreover, the latest expansion of overall construction activity was one of the fastest ever since the summer of 2007.

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Published: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:47:56 +0100


Ce Marking Article - Infrastructure Intelligence

Click Here to view a CE Marking Article from the Infrastructure Intelligence regarding CE Marking and the changes that were implemented on the 1st July 2014


Published: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:26:26 +0100


Rics Uk Cmmercial Market Survey: Quarter 2 2014

The Q2 2014 RICS UK Commecial Property Market Survey results show that performance continues to strengthen, both on the occupier and investment sides of the market. Moreover, the data again suggests momentum is also building in areas outside of London and the South East.

Starting eith the occupier market, growth in tenant demand remains firm, at the all property level and across each sector, with the industrial segment exhibiting the strongest results. Alongside this, availability appears to be contracting at the fastest pace on record.

From a regional perspective, demand now appears to be rising quicker in the broad groupings of the Midlands/Wales and the North, than in London and the South East. That said, the lack of supply remains most pronounced in London, leading to more elevated rental expectations. Nevertheless, rents are expected to see material growth (in each of the four regional aggregates) across all areas of the market going forward.

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Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:39:18 +0100


Uk Construction Forecasts - Summer 2014

Experian's UK construction forecast for Summer 2014 has now been released. Below is a link to the forecast, including a table that provides sector forecasts for 2014 - 2016.

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Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:40:06 +0100


National Structural Steelwork Specification

There are two versions of the National Structural Steelwork Specification for Building Construction 5th edition:

The National Structural Steelwork Specification for Building Construction, 5th Edition, publication No 203/07 is not fully compliant with the CE Marking standard,BS EN 1090-1: 2009+A1:2011 and the European execution standard BS EN 1090-2: 2008+A1:2011. This version of the NSSS is withdrawn and should NOT be used for he execution of structural steelwork.

From the 1st July 2014 only the National Structural Steelwork Specification for Building Construction, 5th Edition, CE Marking version, publication No 52/10 (NSSSCE) should be used for the execution of structural steelwork. This version of the NSSS deals with Execution Class 2 structural steelwork designed in accordance with BS 5950-1 and BS EN 1993-1-1 (including BS EN 1993-1-8 and BS EN 1993-1-10) and executed in accordance with BS EN 1090-1 and BS EN 1090-2.

Copies of the NSSSCE can be obtained from BSCA's website www.steelconstruction.org or from BCSA'S publication manager, Don Thornicroft (02078398566; email:don.thornicroft@steelconstruction.og),


Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:13:41 +0100


Glenigan Forcasts A 7.4% Increase In Project Starts During 2014

The 2014 Mid Year Construction Review And Forcast, indicates the upturn in construction activity is gathering momentum, with growth revised upwards from 4% at the beginning of the year.

Glenigan recorded a 10% rise in the value of projects starting on site suring the first half of 2014, primarily driven by increases in private housing, industrial and commercial building projects.

Work volumes will continue to pick up across these sectors through the latter half of he year, with private housing set to rise by 14% and 28% growth predicated for industrial projects. The value of underlying office project starts is forcast to rise by 9%, building on the strong recovery seen over the last two years.

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Published: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:17:21 +0100


Scope Of Products Covered By En 1090-1

The European Commission has recently published a set of conditions for identifying when a constuction product falls within the scope of EN 1090-1:2009+A1:2011 together with an indicative, non exhaustive list of products that are NOT covered by the scope of EN 1090-1:2009+A1:2011.

The conditions for identifying when a product falls within the scope of EN 1090-1 are:

1. The product is covered by the scope of EN 1090-1:2009+A1:2011Click Here To View List of products not covered by the scope of EN 1090

2. The product is a structural construction product within the meaning of the Construction Product Regulation (EU 305/2011

3. The product is not covered by a dedicated European product specification (because a specific harmonised EN, or an ETAG or an ETA for this product exists.


Published: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:36:58 +0100


Structural Steelwork Prices To Rise Slowly: Bcsa

Structural steelwork prices will increase steadily, in contrast to other construction materials which are seeing sharp jumps in price, making steelwork relatively more competitive as a framing material.

Members are now seing stronger demand for constructional steelwork and with improved prospects for construction in 2014 and beyond, BCSA members have reviewed their capacity and capability and are confident they can meet this demand.

Unlike other construction products, where we're seeing shortages, long lead times and price spikes, demand and supply in the structural steel market is more balanced. While we do expect to see a firming of prices, this will be relatively slow and steady.


Published: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:17:45 +0100


Uk Manufacturing Pmi - June 2014

At 57.5 in June, up from 57.0 in May, the headline seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) posted its second highest reading in 40 months, bettered only during this period by last November's 57.8. The PMI has now signalled expansion throughout the past 16 months. Furthermore, the average index reading during the second quarter is the highest since Q1 2011.

Manufacturing output increased for the sixteenth successive month in June. Although the rate of growth eased to a three-month low, it stayed elevated and sufficient to ensure the average pace over the second quarter as a whole was the strongest for 20 years. The latest survey saw robust production growth maintained across the consumer, intermediate and investment goods sectors.

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Published: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:08:31 +0100


Mandatory Ce Marking To Raise Structural Prices :bcsa

Structural steel prices are expected to increase in the UK according to the British Construction Steelwork Association, as the number of market players decreses as a result of the introduction of mandatory CE marking.

Despite July 1seeing the beginning of mandatory CE marking for structural steelwork, there are still a large number of companies that do not yet have the required documentation. Any steelwork contractor putting non-CE marked structural steelwork onto the market will be committing a criminal offence and the use of such products could invalidate insurance and warranties.

CE marking comes into force 1st July 2014, but you have no need to worry, as ParkerSteel are fully CE compliant to Execution class 4.


Published: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:23:09 +0100


Output In The Uk Construction Industry April 2014

The seasonally adjusted estimate of construction output in April 2014 rose by 1.2% (£113 million) when compared with March 2014. There was a slight rise of 0.9% (£55 million) in new work and a larger increase of 1.6% (£57 million) in repair and maintenance.

The year-on-year picture is also one of growth. Compared with April 2013, construction output increased by 4.6%, all new work increased by 4.9% due to strong increases in new housing and private industrial work. Repair and maintenance increased by 4.2% over the same period.

Construction new orders in Q1 2014 were estimated to be 6.3% lower than Q4. There were falls in orders for public new housing (-45.7%), infrastructure (-16.5%), private industrial (-14.6%) and private commercial work (-1.9%). Public other new work and private housing new orders both increased by 6.8% and 2.8% respectively.

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Published: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:56:16 +0100


Uk Commercial Development Activity Report - May 2014

The Total Commercial Development Activity Index - a net balance monitoring the overall performance of the UK commercial property sector - increased to 26.9% in May from +23.6% in April.

Stronger increases were noted for both private and public commercial projects, with the respective net balances rising from +35.3% and +1.6% to +37.8% and +10.3%.

All none monitored sub-categories registered higher activity. The fastest rise was again registered for private new build work.

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Published: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:12:54 +0100


Uk Manufacturing Pmi - April 2014

April saw the UK manufacturing sector maintain its robust start to the year. At 57.3, the seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) rose to a five month high and registered one of its best readings over the past three years.

Manufacturing production continued its upward surge during April, with the rate of expansion remaining robust and hitting an eight-month high. Growth improved across the consumer, intermediate and investment goods sector, as companies responded to rising new order inflows, new product lanches and efforts to clear backlogs of work.

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Published: Wed, 07 May 2014 10:22:44 +0100


Rics Uk Commercial Market Survey: Quarter 1 2014

The Q1 2014 RICS UK Commercial Property Market Suvey highlighs a continued strengthening in both the occupier and investment sectors. This improvement is becoming increasingly broad based in both sectoral and regional terms: this is no longer just a London offices story.

At the all-sector level, occupier demand increased while availability fell. With the market tightening, rents are expected to pick up further and the value of tenant inducements are falling. This broad pattern is also evident across the three subsectors (retail, office and industrial) and the survey's broad four regional groupings (London, the South Midlands/Wales and the North).

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Published: Wed, 07 May 2014 10:10:56 +0100


Price Increase On Sections - Arcelor Mittal

Please be advised that Arcelor Mittal have announced a £20 increase on all sections with immediate effect. This is primarily needed to help compensate for higher input costs.


Published: Tue, 06 May 2014 09:09:22 +0100


Uk Manufacturing Pmi - March 2014

UK Manufacturing production and new orders both continued to rise at robust clips during March, maintaining the positive start te sector has made to 2014. The ongoing upturn also supported further job creation. Price pressures continued to ease, however, as input costs fell and selling price inflation slowed to a seven-month low.

The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager's Index eased to an eight-month low of 55.3 in March, signalling a further cooling of growth from the peaks scaled towards the end of last year. The PMI nonetheless remains well above its long run average of 51.4 and has highlighted an improvement in operating conditions in each of the past 12 months.

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Published: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:36:34 +0100


Output In The Uk Construction Industry January 2014

The seasonally adjusted estimate of construction output in January 2014 has risen by 1.8% (£170 million) when compared with December 2013. There was a slight rise of 0.8% (£50 million) in new work and a larger increase of 3.5% (£120 million) over the same period.

The longer term comparisons show an improved picture of construction output. All work in January 2014 has increased 5.4% (£490 million) when compared with january 2013. A similar story is apparent across the different types of work, where new work has increased by 5.9% (£330 million) and repair and maintenance by 4.5% (£160 million) over the same period.

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Published: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:39:32 +0000


Uk Commercial Development Activity Report - February 2014

The headline Total Commercial Development Activity Index - a net balance monitoring the overall performance of the UK commercial property sector - climbed from +33.7% in the previous month to +35.7% in February. The latest reading was consistant with a sharp rate of expansion that was the strongest in the history of the series.

Supporting the increase in the overall reading was a survey-record rise in private commercial work, whereas public commercial activity grew at a weaker pace. All nine broad areas of the commercial property sector registered growth, led by private new build.

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Published: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:49:06 +0000


Construction Output Rises Sharply, But Expansion Eases.

Construction companies indicated another strong overall performance in February, despite output and new business growth easing since the previous month. Job creation meanwhile hit a three-month high and firms remained highly positive about their expectations for business activity over the year ahead.

Adjusted from seasonal factors, the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) posted 62.6 in February, down from a 77 month high of 64.6 in January. The index has posted above the 50.0 no change level in each month since May 2013. Reports from survey respondents suggested that disruptions related to adverse weather conditions had contributed to softer construction output growth in February, especially house building activity.

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Published: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:48:08 +0000


£30 Per Tonne Price Increase On Stainless Steel Flat Product

Outokumpu Stainless is increasing prices of all austenitic and ferritic cold rolled sheet and coil, hot rolled continuously produced plate effective for all deliveries from 1st April 2014.

Material supplied from all stock routes, including our service centresm will be subject to the same price increase with immediate effect.

At the same time Outokumpu will also apply £20 drop transport charge on all deliveries from its UK service centres.

The detailed price increase are as follows.

Austenitic CR/HR 304 sheet/coil - £30 per tonne increase

Austenitic CR/HR 316 sheet/coil - £30 per tonne increase

Ferritic CR sheet/coil - £30 per tonne increase

Quarto Plate - £30 per tonne increase


Published: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:17:26 +0000


Reuse And Recycling Rates For Steel In Construction

There have been no major changes to the data. The main point of interest is the reduction in reuse of hot rolled structural sections from 12% to 7%. With a corresponding increase in recycling. This should not be taken as indicating a reduction in reuse but as the corection of an anomaly in the original survey.

The average combined reuse and recycling rate for steel in construction is now taken as 96%, up from 93%. For hot rolled structural sections it is 100% but because no process can be deemed to be perfect, it will be assumed to be 99%.


Published: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:18:05 +0000


Uk Commercial Development Activity Report - January 2014

Up from +27.8% to +33.7% in January, the headline Total Commercial Development Activity Index - a net balance monitoing the overall performance of the UK commercial property sector - signalled a sharp pace of expansion.

The latest reading was the second-highest since data collection began in March 2003.

Public commercial projects rose at a solid rate that was nevertheless the weakest in three months.

The growth rate for private commercial work was the second-fastest in the history of the series.


Published: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:00:11 +0000


Still Struggling With Ce?

The CPR can be complex and a daunting process to comprehend and implement and has wide ranging implications for fabricators, thier subcontractor and supplier.

Our Free guide is intended to help anyone, affected by this change in legislation, understand the requirements, the timetable for implementation, how compliance can be achieved and how we at ParkerSteel can help you in achieving and maintaining your compliance.

ParkerSteel are the first steel distributor and processor in the UK to be fully compliant for CE marking ISO 9001 accreditation and full Factory Production Control (FPC) to meet the requirments of BS EN 1090 2 systems and are approved by a Notified Body (Steel Construction Certification Scheme).

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Published: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:48:58 +0000


Uk Manufacturing Pmi - January 2014

The UK manufacturing sector made a positive start to 2014. Rates of expansion in output and new orders remained well above their respective long-run trends, supporting a solid increase in payroll numbers.

The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) posted 56.7 in January, down from December's 57.2. Although the PMI currently stands at its lowest level in the three months, it is still well above the series average of 51.3. The headline index has signalled an improvement in operating conditions in each of the past ten months.

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Published: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:07:17 +0000


Uk Manufacturing Pmi - October 2013

The UK manufacturing sector carried its strong third quarter performance into the final quarter of the year. October saw production and new orders both rise at rates above their respective long-run averages, leading to further job creation. The domestic market remained a prime source of new contract wins, while growth of new export business accelerated on the back of improving global market conditions.

At 56.0 in October, down from a revised reading of 56.3 in September, the seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) signalled an improvement in overall operating conditions for the seventh straight month. The rate of expansion was only moderately below the two and a half year high registered in August.

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Published: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:22:47 +0000


Could Scribing Help Double Your Welding Capacity?

In 2004, FICEP applied scibing technology to its first drilling & sawing machine, a revolutionary solution that reduced the fit-up time by 30%.

This can effectively double the welding capacity without any increase of labour by simply keeping the fitter/welders, previously used for manual marking, out exclusively on welding operations.

If a company had 4 fitters and 4 welders, by using scribing, they could reorganise the fabrication operation into 2 fitters and 6 welders. Therby increasing productivity output and capacity and generating extra revenue.

We now have 5 saw and drill lines, 2 drill & cope lines and a Gemini Plate Worker all capable of scribing. Coupled with a huge stock range and industry leading processing capacity we have the ability to help make your company more efficent.


Published: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:10:02 +0000


Rics Uk Construction Market Survey: Quarter 3 2013

The Q3 2013 RICS Construction Market Survey has been released. RICS note that workloads have increased across all regions and all construction sub-sectors.

The Survey shows a more widespread increase in workloads than at any time since Q2 2004. A net balance of 31% of repondents witnessed rising workloads with all of the regions of the UK seeing activity increase. However, this has to be put in the context of the large contraction experienced since the economic downturn.

Workloads are reported to have increased in all sub-sectors, both public and private. The private housing and private commercial sectors recorded the best net balance readings this quarter, marking their highest in the survey's history and since Q1 2007 respectively.

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Published: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:20:59 +0000


Tata Increase Advice - £25/tonne Effective 6th October 2013

Tata Steel will be raising transaction prices for Structural Sections by £25 per tonne effective on all deliveries from Sunday 6th October 2013/


Published: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:29:53 +0100


Uk Commercial Development Activity Report - August 2013

Commercial activity expands at fastest pace since March 2007.

The Total Commercial Development Index - a net balance monitoring the overall performance of the UK commercial property sector - recorded +26.7% in August. up from July's +20.1%.

The latest reading pointed to the strongest growth rate since March 2007. The net balances for private and public commercial activity posted +37.9% (77-month high) and +7.0% (42-month high) respectively.

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Published: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:33:51 +0100


Uk Construction Pmi - August 2013

August data indicated another strong improvement in the overall performance of the UK construction sector, as highlighted by steep and accelerated expansions of both output and new business volumes. Construction companies also remain confident about the year ahead outlook fo business activity at their units, with around 46% of survey respondents expecing a rise and only 10% a reduction.

Adjusted for seasonal inflences, the headline Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) registered 59.1 in August, up from 57.0 in July and above he neutral 50.0 value for the fourth consecutive month. The latest reading indicated a sharp rise in total business activity and the fastest pace of output expansion in the construction sector since September 2007.

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Published: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:23:51 +0100


The Uk Structural Steel Market Reaches A Turning Point: Bcsa

The UK structural steel market has reached a turning point, according to the British Constructional Steel Association (BCSA). The group's director told Platts she expected the market to firm for the rest of the year before "a further pick up in 2014"

Sarah McCann-Bartlett said members reported structural steel demand improving through the strengthening of the industrial sector, bridge building, rail and other steel-intensive infrastructure.

She said prices had risen and members were better able to hold onto increases as capacity has been taken out of the market."There's been a shift away from the expectation of suicide pricing", she said, adding that main contractors have learned that you get what you pay for, and if you use a fabricator with no quality assurance or processes inplace, then things will go wrong.


Published: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:42:36 +0100


Ce Marking & Construction Product Regulations 2013 Free Guide

The CPR can be complex and a daunting process to comprehend and implement and has wide ranging implications for fabricators, thier subcontractor and supplier.

Our Free guide is intended to help anyone, affected by this change in legislation, understand the requirements, the timetable for implementation, how compliance can be achieved and how we at ParkerSteel can help you in achieving and maintaining your compliance.

ParkerSteel are the first steel distributor and processor in the UK to be fully compliant for CE marking ISO 9001 accreditation and full Factory Production Control (FPC) to meet the requirments of BS EN 1090 2 systems and are approved by a Notified Body (Steel Construction Certification Scheme).

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Published: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:02:24 +0100


Construction Demand Is Set To "rocket"

Industry experts believe construction demand is set to "rocket" following a string of positive forecasts".

The bullish prediction comes as construction buyers reported the biggest upturn in workload for six years last month.

Richard Threlfall, KPMG's UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction said "After so many years in the doldrums it is great to see further evidence of construction activity finally picking up".

"It is particularly encouraging to see the improvement not only in the residential sector but in the commercial and civils sub-sectrors as well."

According to the latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index confidence in construction is running high after an expansion in both workloads and orders in housing and civil engineering.

Construction buyers saw workload in August rise at its fastest pace since September 2007.


Published: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:20:52 +0100


Output In The Construction Industry Quarter 2 2013

The office of National Statistics has released data showing output in the UK construction industry for Quarter 2 2013 and June 2013.

Comparing Q2 2013 with the same period a year ago, construction output fell by 0.5%. New work was 1.0% lower with large falls in public other new work and private commercial other new work, which reported decreases of 12.3% and 8.2% respectively. There were large year on year growths in new housing where public and private new housing showed increased growths of 9.8% and 8.2% respectively.

Comparing June 2013 with May 2013 construction output showed a fall of 0.7%. All new work increased by 0.3% with a 2.4% decrease in all repair & maintenance.

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Published: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:17:27 +0100


£25 Price Increase For Sections

ArcelorMittal have advised of a £25 increase on sections with immediate effect. "This price increase is needed to help compensate for higher inputcosts and deteriorating pound/euro exchange rate"
Published: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:25:32 +0100


Uk Construction Pmi - July 2013

Strongest construction output growth since June 2010, led by surge in housing activity.

UK Construction companies indicated that the rebound in output levels indicated during the second quarter of 2013 was maintained into July. Moreover, the latest survey signalled that growth of both business activity and incoming new business acceleraed sharply since the previous month. This in turn resulted in a solid increase in construction employment levels and the strongest degree of positive sentiment about future output since May 2010.<\p>

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Published: Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:39:27 +0100


Uk Manufacturing Pmi - July 2013

The upturn in the UK manufacturing economy continued to build momentum at the start of the third quarter, with growth rates for production and new orders the highest since February 2011. Although the domestic market remained the prime source of the new contract wins, manufacturers also reported a solid improvement in overseas demand.

The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) rose to a 28 month high of 54.6 in July, up from a revised reading of 52.9 in June. The PMI has remained above the neutral 50.0 mark - signalling expansion since April, with its level improving in each of the past five months.

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Published: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 09:44:17 +0100


New Changes To The Building Regulations

The department for Communities and Local Government has recently published changes "Approved Document A - Structure" and "Approved Document C - Site preparation and resistance to contaminas and moisture". The document below provide guidance in support of the Building Regulations. The changes apply to buildings and building work in England and these changes will come into effect on the 1st October 2013

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Published: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:53:31 +0100


September Spot N.eu Coil Prices Move Up, Q4 Still To Discuss

Spot transaction prices in northern Europe for September delivered coils have moved up during the last ten days, as mills are currently firm on their new offer levels, targeting increases of up to 30 euros/metric ton from the lowest registered at the beginning of July.
Published: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:01:26 +0100


List Of Effected Harmonised Standards

To see the list of effected harmonised standards please click on this link

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Published: Wed, 15 May 2013 14:52:11 +0100


Parkertools Now Stock Ce Compliant Fixings

Over the coming months we at ParkerTools have over 1 million CE Ready Assembled Structural Bolts arriving, driving down our prices even further.

As you are probably aware by now, from 1st July 2013 under the Construction Product Regulation (CPR), all products used in construction must have CE marking. This means all bolts and setscrews used for construction (M12 - M36) must be purchased in compliance to this regulation, or you will be breaking the law.

Download our May-June fixings leaflet now and view our range of CE marked fixings to make sure you comply.

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Published: Wed, 08 May 2013 13:24:39 +0100


Guide To Ce Marking

CE Marking for all construction products,covered by a harmonised European standard or conforming to a European Technical Assessment will become madatory from 1 July 2013, and a year later (1 July 2014) for fabricated structural steel work.

This represents a major development for engineers, contractors and steelwork specialists and it demands careful attention to the new obligations imposed.

This supplement highlights how the steel construction sector has been working behind the scenes towards achieving CE Marking. Perhaps more importantly, it spells out in detail what it will mean for the rest of the construction sector and what you need to do to comply with the Construction Products Regulation that is the legal basis for the new regime.

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Published: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:13:32 +0000


Frequently Asked Questions - Sustainability

The BCSA Sustainability Group recently confirmed that sustainability is an increasingly important part of the pre-qualification questionnaire and steelwork contractors are frequently asked questions about the sustainability of steel as a construction product, its recycled content andcarbon footprint together with wider environmental questions on their business activities. Below are a series of commonly asked questions together with answers that have been created with the intention of being used by members to support pre-qualification questions on the use of steel in sustainable construction.

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Published: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:45:18 +0000


Recycled Content Of Steel

One of the most frequently asked questions concerns the recycling of steel and in particular it's recycled content. An answer to this question is set out below to be used by members to support pre-qualification questions on the recycled content of steel.

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Published: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:06:24 +0000


Slotted Holes In Heavy Section And Channel

ParkerSteel can now offer slotted holes & various other shapes in heavy section and channel (150 x 75 and over) with a minimum length of 2500mm. This service can be offered thanks to our advanced cope and drill lines based at our Shoreham depot.
another excellent service from the UK’s No.1 stockholder & processor
Published: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 09:44:52 +0100


Huge New Discounts At Dfd

Our base rate is set at only 5 tonnes (reduced from 20) which means that all our customers can enjoy a competitive rate, even on the smaller orders.But the news doesn’t stop there; we have added extra discounts on orders over 10 tonnes & can now offer dramatic savings of up to £50 per tonne. DFD now has some of the best prices in the market place for all your structural steel needs and for the icing on the cake we have made our standard delivery even better than before, our standard delivery is now only 1-3 days (was 1-4days). So if you want a fantastic service at great prices visit www.directfromdock.co.uk for an instant quote
Published: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:58:50 +0100


Slotted Holes In Heavy Section And Channel

Our advanced coping systems have been working around the clock to produce these high quality coped cuts.

This job has been a total success, not only for us but for our customer as we have enabled them to finish their job ahead of time thanks to our coping service.

This service seriously lightened their workload so they could improve their efficiency in other areas.

Working together with our customers in this way means we can work towards improving our already excellent service and hopefully double the productivity and growth of our customers businesses.


Published: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:30:00 +0100


Pin Numbers - We've Listened!

We recently asked a number of our customers what improvements we could make to the ParkerSteel website. The one suggestion that kept coming up was for customers to request a post PIN number via email - and we listened. From now on, you no longer have to wait for us to send forgotten or lost PIN numbers in the post - by passing the security checks online, you can request your PIN instantly via email.

To request your PIN, enter the checkout phrase and click in the blue 'Forgotten PIN?' text next to the 'Pay by Account' button:



Published: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:59:38 +0100


Free Delivery On Online Steel Orders Over £50

Big News! We've dropped our standard £32 delivery charge, and now offer FREE delivery on all online orders over £50!

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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:58:41 +0000