In 2019, the 10th year of our daily free-to-view news service, The Construction Index reached more than three million users in the UK alone, and more than four million worldwide.
One story alone, about an HSE prosecution, has had 329,401 page views so far, making it our best read item of 2019..
In recent years we have seen a single event dominate the news agenda for the whole year. In 2017 it was the Grenfell Tower fire and in 2018 it was the collapse of Carillion, which went into liquidation at the very start of that year. There was no such single major event that reverberated quite like either of those in 2019, although Interserve came close before the banks came to its rescue. Grenfell continues to have significant ramifications that have yet to be adequately tackled by either government or industry, and it will continue to generate headlines in 2020 as the official inquiry turns its attention to the role of the construction industry in the events leading up to the tragedy.
So in the absence of any single event proving quite so tumultuous in 2020, here are some of the headlines that helped to define the year for the UK construction industry, some of the recurring themes that won’t go away, some of the more interesting stories that you might have missed, and perhaps one or two pointers to what might lay ahead of us in 2020. Just click on the headline in each case to see the full report.
I have deliberately avoided mention of Brexit or other issues that dominated the wider national political agenda. I have no desire to bore you.