Global modular construction market to reach £82.6bn by 2025
The global modular construction market is projected to grow from £65.4 billion in 2020 to £82.6 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.7 percent, according to a report from ResearchandMarkets.com, as interest rises in the cost-effective construction method.
Modular Construction Market by Type (Permanent, Relocatable), Material (Steel, Concrete, Wood), Modules, End-Use (Residential, Retail & Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Office, Hospitality), and Region - Global Forecast to 2025, discovered critical trends such as shorter project schedules, housing shortages, economic construction demand and reduced workforces are factors that are driving the growth of the volumetric modular construction method - as well as the constant scrutiny on sustainability.
“The growth of the modular construction market is attributed to an increase in concern towards work-zone safety, the need for lower environmental impacts, and supportive government initiatives,” the report says.
“In terms of value and volume, permanent modular building is estimated to dominate the modular construction market in 2019,” it adds.
Permanent modular construction (PMC) is a building technique that utilises offsite manufacturing methods to prefabricate single and multistorey structures in modular sections. As PMC can be assembled into an existing structure or built to stand independently, the method offers several benefits, including sustainability, efficiency, and cost reduction as the modules can be completed with MEP, interior finishes, fixtures, and appliances.
These modules are then brought to the construction site and using equipment such as cranes and other lifting and rigging tools, can be set on the foundation of the building, and joined together to create a single structure. Pickstock Construction's Sherbourne House in Coventry is pictured.
In modular construction, buildings are typically constructed with a steel frame, cold form steel wall panels, and hot-rolled steel framework. In terms of material consumption, steel accounts for the largest share in the modular sector as it is known for its strength-to-weight serviceability.
Steel frames also offer numerous advantages over wood-framed relocatable buildings such as design flexibility, strength, structural integrity, durability, security and fire resistance, thereby reducing the need for repairs and maintenance throughout the structure’s lifespan.
“In terms of value and volume, steel is projected to be the fastest segment in the modular construction market from 2020 to 2025,” the report adds.
The fastest growing segment of the modular construction market is predicted to be the office segment, with the method offering fully functional, and portable office space that can be easily modified if and when required.
“Companies are increasingly demanding modular offices as it doesn't disrupt the ongoing working environment and at the same time is requires less time on-site construction, compared to traditional construction. A relocatable modular office is an effective solution that allows the companies to proceed with business as usual,” the report says.
“This prevents loss of revenue during the remodelling process. Modular offices are also widely used by contractors who require a temporary office space to work on their latest projects. These modular offices can be moved to another location anytime, and one office can be used for multiple jobs.”
Finally, in terms of both value and volume, the Asia Pacific modular construction market is project to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period, the report states.
“Factors such as the ready availability of raw materials and manpower, along with sophisticated technologies and innovations, have driven the growth of the economy in the Asia Pacific region. According to the World Bank, the two economic giants of the Asia Pacific region, China, and Japan, are the world's second- and third-largest economies as of 2019,” it concludes.
Travis Perkins records half-year profits of £164m
Travis Perkins recorded an adjusted operating profit of £164m in the half-year to June 30 as it capitalised on the construction sector's recovery, growth in Toolstation UK and expansion in Europe.
While CEO Nick Roberts said "some uncertainty remains", he was cautiously optimistic and the end markets for its trade-focused businesses remain robust.
In the six-month update to the London Stock Exchange, the company announced:
- Adjusted operating profit of £164m (2020: £17m) up 14% vs 2019 resulting from higher volumes with solid gross margins, improved customer proposition and restructuring benefits
- Strong revenue and operating profit performance in Merchanting following decisive actions to refocus the business; challenging period of inflation and materials shortages being navigated well
- Toolstation market share gains continue; rollout on track in both UK and Europe
- Increasing guidance for full year 2021 to at least £310m of adjusted operating profit for the continuing businesses reflecting higher property profits of around £30m
- Continued progress on setting industry leading sustainability targets consistent with the 1.5 degree pathway of the 2016 Paris Agreement
- Investor update to be held on 29 September to update on future plans to deliver long term sustainable value to shareholders
For Scope 1 and 2 carbon, which primarily applies to the decarbonisation of the Group’s fleet, this target will involve an 80% reduction and a net zero commitment to offset any remaining Scope 1 & 2 carbon by 2035. For Scope 3 carbon, this target will involve a 63% carbon reduction in the Group’s supply chain emissions by 2035, and primarily apply to the purchasing of goods and services; concrete products, bricks and plasterboard in particular, and the in-use emissions of goods sold; especially gas heating and power tools.
The company will publish a carbon reduction roadmap with key milestone targets later this year, which will include the transition of its commercial fleet to low and no carbon options, and the decarbonisation of its estate and engagement and commercial plans around the group’s supply chain carbon.
Andy Murphy, Director of Industrials and Financials, Edison Group, said Travis Perkins’s recovery has continued at pace and the company consistently outperformed last year’s figures across the board and outperformed the more conventional year of 2019 in key areas.
Like-for-like revenue in continuing businesses, not including retail plumbing and heating, grew by 44.1% compared to 2020 and 14.5% ahead of 2019. This period saw the refocusing of several key business areas for Travis Perkins driven by the demerger from Wickes and the sale of its Plumbing & Heating business to H.I.G Capital in May.
"This standout deal is expected to close in Q3 of this year and provide a healthy cash injection into the company and the shareholder, with an interim dividend of 12p a share being reinstated as a result," he said.
"In addition, the company has continued its drive towards a sustainable future by continuing to set and achieve industry-leading targets. Overall, the past six months have identified Travis Perkins’s resilience and is continuing to play a key role in the construction industry’s recovery. While market uncertainty remains across some of its markets as a result of the pandemic, and overall recovery still some way away, signs for Travis Perkins and its stakeholders are undoubtedly positive for the remainder of the year.”