Given the broad interpretation of ‘interior refurbishment’, the market definition used for the purposes of this report primarily consists of main contractors typically managing the interior fit-out element of non-domestic new build/shell & core developments and full upgrades or refurbishment of existing non-domestic premises.
The interior fit-out and refurbishment market, as defined in this report, has increased by 34% since 2013 in value terms. However, annual growth levels are starting to slow with more constrained growth forecast, for reasons such as the uncertain state of the UK economy, the deferral of major investment decisions, cuts to public sector budgets and a continued scaling back of large construction programmes.
In many end use sectors, demand for refurbishment services is being led by changes in the way industries operate, e.g. a much greater emphasis upon technology-based learning in schools and universities, as well as rising expectations amongst students, which has led to significant improvements in many HEI facilities. Annual levels of growth of around 2-3% are forecast for the next few years.
From a supply perspective, the industry remains fragmented. There have been relatively few major entrants into the interior refurbishment and fit-out market in recent years, since much of the turnover generated from leading companies is from repeat business or long-term contracts and store roll-out programmes. However, an increasing number of large national contractors have diversified into or expanded their operations within the fit-out market.