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Mechanical and Electrical Contractors Market Report - UK 2019-2023

Published: 28/06/2019 / Number of Pages: 81 / Price: £895.00

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Introduction and Overview

The 5th edition of the 'Mechanical & Electrical Contractors Market Report - UK 2019-2023' has been published by AMA Research. The report addresses the market for mechanical and electrical contractors, focusing on multi-service M&E contracting companies.

Key issues covered in the report:

  • Detailed analysis and insight - key trends and demand for M&E services.
  • Key influences including analysis of construction trends and regional analysis.
  • Market structure and analysis of the leading M&E contractors.
  • Product development and growth areas.
  • Customers and key end-use sectors.
  • Forecasts of market developments up to 2023 - market size and factors impacting on the market.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Market performance review and forecasts to 2023. Features of this market include a highly competitive landscape with a large number of companies operating in the sector.
  • Factors affecting the market and analysis of key market characteristics. Impact of energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives and resulting product developments.
  • Review of leading contractors and market shares. A fragmented sector covering FM providers, building contractors or energy providers, for which M&E contracting forms a small part of the business.
  • Review of key trends - with a focus on key end use markets. Focus of M&E contractors at a regional and national level, specific end-use sectors of the market, range of services offered and how this varies significantly between businesses.
  • Impact of legislation and standards on the market.
  • Detailed market data and insight on the mechanical and electrical contractors market by AMA Research, a leading UK provider of construction market intelligence.

Some of the companies included:

Atalian Servest AMK, Balfour Beatty Group, Bancroft, Boulting Limited, Briggs & Forrester Group, CBRE Managed Services, Crown House Technologies, Dodd Group Ltd, Emcor Group (UK) Plc, Engie FM Ltd, Essex Services Group, FES, Galliford Try, Gratte Brothers, Halsall Electrical, Imtech, Integral UK, Interserve, Lorne Stewart, Michael J Lonsdale, Mitie Technical Facilities Management, NG Bailey Ltd, Phoenix ME Ltd, Quartzelec, Quinn Infrastructure Services (formerly MJ Quinn Integrated Services Ltd), SES (Engineering Services), Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil, SPIE Ltd, SSE Contracting, T Clarke, UK Power Network Services (Commercial), Vinci, and more.


The Market

  • Market performance review and forecasts to 2023. Features of this market include a highly competitive landscape with a large number of companies operating in the sector.
  • Factors affecting the market and analysis of key market characteristics. Impact of energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives and resulting product developments.
  • Review of leading contractors and market shares. A fragmented sector covering FM providers, building contractors or energy providers, for which M&E contracting forms a small part of the business.
  • Review of key trends - with a focus on key end use markets. Focus of M&E contactors at a regional and national level, specific end-use sectors of the market, range of services offered and how this varies significantly between businesses.
  • Impact of legislation and standards on the market.

End Use Sectors

  • Construction output by value, with historical trends and forecasts.
  • Construction output analysis by end use sector.
  • Value of M&E market in each main sector and market mix by end-use sector.
  • Key market drivers, influences and prospects.
  • Important issues for M&E contractors in each main end user market.

Contractor Review

  • Structure of the M&E Contracting market - number of businesses, size of businesses, types of business, geographical coverage including regional analysis.
  • Leading M&E Contracting companies - market shares, M&E turnover and origins.
  • M&E Contractor company profiles - turnover and profit data, characteristics, ownership, major strengths and weaknesses, key sectors and capabilities.
  • Key trends - pre-fabrication, consolidation, integration and diversification.
  • Profitability analysis - profit margin and historical trends.
  • Mergers & acquisitions within the M&E contracting industry.

Key Market Trends and Influences

  • Review of the performance of the construction industry - including regional analysis of output.
  • Information about the legislation and standards affecting the market.
  • Analysis of government spending.
  • Outline of carbon reduction and green energy requirements.
  • Information about product development and growth markets.

Report Summary

The market entered a period of sustained growth in 2013 driven by a buoyant new build market, with rising output in the office and infrastructure sectors in particular. This growth continued up to 2017, but the market stagnated in 2018 due principally to declines in the commercial office sector as well as in healthcare and education.

Uncertainty over the outcome of the Brexit process and its impact on the UK economy is a major factor negatively impacting market growth, especially in the commercial non-residential sector, whilst the public sector also faces constraints in public spending and uncertainty over the sources of funding for capital projects since the termination of PFI.

Factors supporting market growth include the introduction of new technologies and products, particularly in the area of energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, driven by changing legislation and greater awareness of the issue. There has been a rapid expansion in the range of LED lighting and increasingly sophisticated building control systems for heating, lighting, and energy management.

Other factors stimulating growth are the continued strength in data centre construction and greater levels of outsourcing of M&E services, either singly or as part of wider multi-service FM contracts.

In the private sector, non-residential new work output remains susceptible to changes in levels of business confidence and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit has affected investment in the office sector. However, on the assumption that the outcome of the Brexit process does not have significant adverse effects on the economic climate, some return to modest growth is expected.

The public sector is also expected to see modest growth, though the availability of funding for future projects in healthcare and education is uncertain and the outlook for public sector construction may be unclear until the planned publication of the Government's Spending Review later in 2019. The infrastructure sector will benefit from HS2 and some larger utilities contracts.


List of Report Contents

  1. Contents Listing
  2. 1. INTRODUCTION 7
  3. 1.1 INTRODUCTION 7
  4. 1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 7
  5. 2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & MARKET PROSPECTS 9
  6. 2.1 SUMMARY 9
  7. 2.2 MARKET PROSPECTS 10
  8. 3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 11
  9. 3.1 OVERVIEW AND OUTLOOK 11
  10. 3.2 KEY DATA 12
  11. 3.2.1 GDP 12
  12. 3.2.2 Inflation & Interest Rates 12
  13. 3.2.3 Employment & Wages 13
  14. 3.2.4 Household Consumption 14
  15. 3.2.5 Sterling 15
  16. 4. MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING MARKET 16
  17. 4.1 MARKET DEFINITION 16
  18. 4.2 MARKET SIZE & TRENDS 17
  19. 4.3 MARKET MIX 19
  20. 4.3.1 Mix by Project Type (New Build, RMI, Refurbishment) 19
  21. 4.3.2 Mix by Service Type (Electrical, PHVAC, Other) 20
  22. 4.4 KEY MARKET INFLUENCES 21
  23. 4.4.1 Construction Output 21
  24. 4.4.2 Government Spending & PPP/PFI 23
  25. 4.4.3 Legislation and Standards 26
  26. 4.4.4 Outsourcing of Hard FM and M&E Services 29
  27. 4.4.5 Carbon Reduction and Green Energy Requirements 32
  28. 4.4.6 Product Development 33
  29. 5. REGIONAL ANALYSIS 37
  30. 5.1 OVERVIEW 37
  31. 5.2 THE NORTH OF ENGLAND 38
  32. 5.3 THE MIDLANDS 40
  33. 5.4 EAST OF ENGLAND 41
  34. 5.5 LONDON & THE SOUTH EAST 42
  35. 5.6 THE SOUTH WEST 43
  36. 5.7 WALES 44
  37. 5.8 SCOTLAND 45
  38. 5.9 NORTHERN IRELAND 46
  39. 6. KEY END USE SECTORS 47
  40. 6.1 OVERVIEW 47
  41. 6.2 EDUCATION 48
  42. 6.3 OFFICES 49
  43. 6.4 INFRASTRUCTURE 50
  44. 6.5 ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE 52
  45. 6.6 HEALTHCARE 53
  46. 6.7 RETAIL 55
  47. 6.8 INDUSTRIAL 56
  48. 6.9 OTHER SECTORS 57
  49. 7. CONTRACTOR REVIEW 59
  50. 7.1 MARKET STRUCTURE 59
  51. 7.1.1 Types of M&E Contractors 59
  52. 7.1.2 Types of Work Undertaken 61
  53. 7.1.3 Geographical Coverage 62
  54. 7.2 KEY TRENDS 63
  55. 7.3 PROFITABILITY 65
  56. 7.4 LEADING M&E CONTRACTING COMPANIES 66
  57. 7.5 M&E CONTRACTOR PROFILES 69
  58. 7.5.1 Large M&E Contractors (£100m+ M&E Turnover) 69
  59. 7.5.2 Medium Sized M&E Contractors (£20m+ M&E Turnover) 76
  60. 7.6 PROCUREMENT 80
  1. Tables & Charts
  2. CHART 1: UK MARKET FOR MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING 2014 TO 2023 - BY VALUE (£BN) 9
  3. CHART 2: GDP DATA - 2015-2020 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 12
  4. CHART 3: CPI INFLATION AND BANK OF ENGLAND BASE RATE 2008-2023 13
  5. CHART 4: AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS DATA - GB - TOTAL PAY - 2014-2020 (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED) 14
  6. CHART 5: PDI & SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 2008-2023 14
  7. CHART 6: EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2015-2021 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 15
  8. TABLE 7: OVERVIEW OF MEP SERVICES 16TABLE 8: UK M&E CONTRACTING MARKET 2014 TO 2023 - BY VALUE (£M) 17
  9. CHART 9: MIX BY TYPE OF PROJECT (NEW BUILD, RMI, REFURBISHMENT) - % BY VALUE 2018 19
  10. CHART 10: MIX BY SERVICE TYPE (ELECTRICAL, PHVAC, OTHER) % BY VALUE 2018 20
  11. CHART 11: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN) NEW WORK & RMI -CURRENT PRICES (£BN) 2014-2023 21
  12. CHART 12: CONSTRUCTION NEW WORK BY END-USE SECTOR BY VALUE 2018 - MARKET £114BN. 22
  13. TABLE 13: PUBLIC SECTOR CAPITAL BUDGET -DEPARTMENTAL EXPENDITURE LIMITS & ANNUALLY MANAGED EXPENDITURE (£BN) 23
  14. TABLE 14: CURRENT PFI PROJECTS ACROSS GOVERNMENT BY DEPARTMENT 2017 24
  15. CHART 15: NUMBER AND COMBINED CAPITAL VALUE OF PFI PROJECTS SIGNED ANNUALLY 2007 TO 2017 25
  16. TABLE 16: PROJECTED SERVICE PAYMENTS UNDER PFI CONTRACTS - 2014/2015 TO 2029/2030 26
  17. CHART 17: UK BUNDLED FM OUTSOURCING MARKET AT CURRENT PRICES 2014-2022 (£BN) 30
  18. CHART 18: UK M&E CONTRACTING REGIONAL SHARES BY VALUE - 2018 37
  19. CHART 19: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT - REGIONAL SHARES BY VALUE - 2018 38
  20. CHART 20: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2014 - 2018 - NORTH OF ENGLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 38
  21. TABLE 21: NORTH OF ENGLAND - VOLUME OF M&E CONTRACTING ENTERPRISES 2014 & 2018 39
  22. CHART 22: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2014 - 2018 IN THE MIDLANDS - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 40
  23. TABLE 23: THE MIDLANDS - VOLUME OF M&E CONTRACTING ENTERPRISES 2014 & 2018 40
  24. CHART 24: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2014 - 2018 IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 41
  25. TABLE 25: EAST OF ENGLAND - VOLUME OF M&E CONTRACTING ENTERPRISES 2014 & 2018 41
  26. CHART 26: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2014 - 2018 IN LONDON & THE SOUTH EAST - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 42
  27. TABLE 27: LONDON AND SOUTH EAST ENGLAND - VOLUME OF M&E CONTRACTING ENTERPRISES 2014 & 2018 43
  28. CHART 28: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2014 - 2018 IN THE SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 43
  29. TABLE 29: SOUTH WEST ENGLAND - VOLUME OF M&E CONTRACTING ENTERPRISES 2014 & 2018 44
  30. CHART 30: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2014-2018 IN WALES BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 44
  31. TABLE 31: WALES - VOLUME OF M&E CONTRACTING ENTERPRISES 2014 & 2018 45
  32. CHART 32: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2014-2018 IN SCOTLAND - BY CONSTRUCTION TYPE (£M) 45
  33. TABLE 33: SCOTLAND - VOLUME OF M&E CONTRACTING ENTERPRISES 2014 & 2018 46
  34. TABLE 34: NORTHERN IRELAND - VOLUME OF M&E CONTRACTING ENTERPRISES 2014 & 2018 46
  35. CHART 35: UK M&E MARKET SECTOR SHARES BY VALUE - 2018 47
  36. TABLE 36: EDUCATION SECTOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (PUBLIC/PRIVATE) BY VALUE 2014 - 2018 (£M) 48
  37. TABLE 37: OFFICES NEW CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (PUBLIC/PRIVATE) BY VALUE 2014-2018 (£M) 49
  38. TABLE 38: INFRASTRUCTURE NEW CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (PUBLIC/PRIVATE) BY VALUE 2014-2018 (£M) 51
  39. CHART 39: UK INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION BY TYPE - 2018 (%) 51
  40. TABLE 40: ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE NEW CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (PUBLIC/PRIVATE) BY VALUE 2014-2018 (£M) 52
  41. TABLE 41: HEALTHCARE SECTOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (PUBLIC/PRIVATE) BY VALUE - 2014-2018 (£M) 54
  42. TABLE 42: RETAIL NEW CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (PUBLIC/PRIVATE) BY VALUE 2014-2018 (£M) 55TABLE 43: INDUSTRIAL NEW CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (PUBLIC/PRIVATE) BY VALUE 2014-2018 (£M) 56
  43. TABLE 44: ENTERPRISES INVOLVED IN M&E ACTIVITIES REGISTERED FOR VAT BY TURNOVER BAND (%) 2014-2018 59
  44. TABLE 45: M&E CONTRACTORS WITH ORIGINS IN POWER/ENERGY 60
  45. TABLE 46: M&E CONTRACTORS WITH ORIGINS IN CONSTRUCTION/CIVILS 60
  46. TABLE 47: M&E CONTRACTORS WITH ORIGINS IN SUPPORT SERVICES/FM 61
  47. TABLE 48: UK ENTERPRISES INVOLVED IN MEP ACTIVITIES REGISTERED FOR VAT BY EMPLOYMENT SIZE BAND - 2018 61
  48. CHART 49: MIX OF VAT REGISTERED BUSINESSES WITH MORE THAN 20 EMPLOYEES BY PRIMARY ACTIVITY 2018 62
  49. CHART 50: VAT REGISTERED BUSINESSES INVOLVED IN MEP SERVICE PROVISION BY REGION (%) - 2018 63
  50. CHART 51: M&E CONTRACTORS' PROFIT MARGINS 2014-2018 - AVERAGE AND BY M&E TURNOVER SIZE (%) 65
  51. CHART 52: MARKET SHARES BY M&E CONTRACTING TURNOVER 2018 66
  52. TABLE 53: TOP M&E CONTRACTORS IN THE UK MARKET TURNOVER 2018 68

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