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.”