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Shower-room pods as a definition should invariably include a shower enclosure, instead of a bath; together with toilet, washbasin and other accessories. They are generally specified on works where space is at a premium, such as student accommodation. They are also seen to be used where additional safety features are demanded, for example healthcare facilities and residential care homes.
Shower-room pods account for the largest share of the prefabricated pods market at 50% by volume and are typically used in student and other single-living style accommodation. There is also a growing trend towards having ensuite ‘wetroom’ pods in care homes as well as in more up-market apartment buildings.
Shower-room pods are used in the construction of the 4 and 5-star hotels, however it is worth noting that the main area of demand has been the budget sector with many well-known hotel chains specifying their use.
The healthcare sector along with care homes are another two sectors that opt for shower pods during the planning and construction phases. With an aging UK population, the speed, ease and cost could be a key contributor for these sectors specifically to opt for pods.
We expect the shower-room and wetroom pods sector of the pods market to continue to grow into the long term. This is down to a number of factors, from the expansions of offsite construction in general to the need for new homes to be built within an ever-diminishing time frame, budget restraints for construction companies within the leisure sector along with the uncertainty throughout the healthcare sector with the government unwilling to fully commit to funding.
We must also mention the impact that Covid-19 is continuing to have on the construction industry. A quote taken straight from our weekly Covid-19 briefing states that “Some construction companies continue to report all sites remaining closed, to others reporting a large variation in the proportion of sites open, to a few companies stating that all their sites remaining open. Over the course of the week many of the major house builders have announced a reopening of sites, we expect this to continue to increase over the coming weeks. There remain health and safety concerns in London especially due to the need to use public transport to travel to work and the difficulties working in more close quarters in urban areas.” Therefore, we are continually looking at how this is affecting the construction output and updating our reports accordingly.
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