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Thriving Plumbing and Hard FM Market Fuels Industry Transformation

Plumbing and Hard FM Contractors Market Report

The 2nd edition of the AMA Research report on the UK Plumbing and Hard FM Services Sectors reveals a market surge, driven by robust construction activity and the transition towards sustainable building practices. This definitive analysis offers invaluable insights for industry stakeholders navigating the evolving landscape.

What’s Driving the Plumbing and Hard FM Market?

Since rebounding from the pandemic in 2021, the combined plumbing contracting and hard facilities management (FM) market has witnessed remarkable growth of nearly 30%, now valued at over £25 billion. 

This upswing is propelled by heightened demand across residential and non-residential construction projects, coupled with regulatory changes promoting energy-efficient systems and the UK’s net-zero ambitions.

While plumbing contracting remains the dominant sector, capturing 81% of the market in 2024, hard FM services are poised for accelerated growth in the coming years. 

Regional Activity

Regional hotspots include London, the Southeast, the North, and the Midlands, reflecting the geographical distribution of construction activity. Key market drivers include:

  • Increased installation of renewable heating solutions like heat pumps
  • Integration of smart building technologies for enhanced efficiency
  • Stringent building safety regulations post-Grenfell

The number of enterprises operating in these sectors has risen substantially, particularly in Wales and northern England, signalling a vibrant competitive landscape.

Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Looking forward, the combined market is projected to surpass £30 billion by 2028, with an annual growth rate of 3-4%.

However, the industry faces a critical skills shortage, necessitating investment in training programs and digital upskilling initiatives. AMA Research’s comprehensive report equips businesses with strategic insights to capitalize on emerging opportunities, overcome challenges, and thrive in the plumbing and hard FM market.

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