This year has seen a positive start for SMEs in the industry, with cautious optimism being replaced by widespread enthusiasm.
Following the past five challenging years, the statistics are beginning to match the mood that we are well and truly on the road to recovery.
Unlike in previous years where it was high-profile events such as the Olympics or Crossrail that gave reason for cheer, this is a more general growth and everyone is invited to get on board.
As the industry prepares to fill capacity and meet demand, the key is to plan ahead, efficiently allocate resource and be ready for action.
Flexibility is vital
For SMEs like us, a UK construction and engineering company delivering design-and-build services for commercial and residential property, flexibility in both our approach and variety of services has been crucial to our business model and to recognising the demands of the recovering market.
“As the industry prepares to fill capacity and meet demand, the key is to plan ahead, efficiently allocate resource and be ready for action”
We work with our clients from concept and planning to completion, or alternatively, we collaborate with in-house teams or incumbent architects and surveyors to meet any set design or performance specification.
We specialise in interior construction, fit-out and refurbishment of office and home environments and ensure project deliverables are achieved with regards to safety, quality, programme and cost.
New commercial landscape
Significant developments are shaping up across the industry as private and public spending increases, foreign-fuelled investment and schemes such as Help to Buy provide stimulus for growth.
This provides a wealth of opportunities for all types of SMEs to be involved with development and refurbishment.
“There is a wealth of opportunities for all types of SMEs to be involved with development and refurbishment”
Flexibility is also increasingly reflected in the workplace through the popular commercial models of co-working and flexi-working.
Companies such as Workspace cater for the ever-increasing demand from new and growing companies seeking flexible and innovative office and affordable desk space in prime locations in cities across the UK.
The days of traditional long leases in commercial buildings may be fading and we see landlords recognising that the key to corporate fit-out is refurbishment or the ‘new new build’ to revive and create attractive premises to maximise their assets.
We are also seeing an uplift from streamlined planning legislation such as the office-to-residential change-of-use permitted development rights.
This is intended to offer greater flexibility and to facilitate development of the areas of the commercial sector with lower returns into the more profitable and in-demand residential sector.
With growth in construction output expected to spread across UK regions, London remains the focus and this is the main hub for our operations at Fuse Design and Build.
Our team has more than 20 years’ experience in the construction and engineering industry.
Together with the knowledge, expertise and ability to stay ahead of the game with technological advances and the use of eco products, there has never been a more exciting time to push the boundaries and deliver flexible, innovative and practical solutions for clients in their commercial or domestic environments.
Lee Heath is managing director of Fuse Design and Build