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Main trends

Acknowledgement of the need for sustainable construction and whole-life costs

Boom in housing and development of brownfield sites continues, compensating a slight dip in civil work

More environmental awareness among industry and clients

Greater demand for design and build geotechnical and geo-environmental solutions and fixed price work

Continued move to small and medium sized contracts

Increased reliance on risk management, term commissions, contractor led work and multidisciplinary teams

Investment in water and rail, downturn in roads

Shorter tender periods

More awareness of the importance of ground conditions and their effect on construction

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