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Structural steel demand to soar

Demand for structural steelwork will grow by almost a fifth over the next four years, according to research.

A survey carried out by market research firm Construction Markets predicted that that 972,000 tonnes of the material would be required in 2018.

This would be an increase of 19% from last year’s total structural steel consumption. The sharpest growth will come this year, according to the report for the British Constructional Steel Association (BCSA) – with a 9% hike forecast.

Industrial buildings account for almost half the forecast structural steel consumption in the UK over the next four years.

BCSA director general Sarah McCann-Bartlett said: “The strength of the industrial sector reflects the ongoing trend for online retailing and the growing need for warehousing and distribution facilities to support this. 

“Steel has a high strength-to-weight ratio so it is ideal for industrial buildings because of the ability to provide very long column-free internal spaces.”

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