The last two years UK has seen a crisis in building materials shortages and prices rising by about 30% in general.
Material prices and lead times skyrocketed due to the supply chain crisis, causing havoc on construction projects across the country. Between September 2020 and September 2021, government statistics show material costs grew each month.
Moreover, Brexit still remains a very uncertain situation. Materials from overseas are becoming harder to obtain because of new regulations and delayed shipments. The shortage of HGV drivers has also played a role, as well as the scarcity of construction workers.
What was causing these shortages?
There are several factors involved. After the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic devastated the industry, it has not fully recovered. During the lockdown, homeowners embarked on Home improvement projects, adding even more pressure to supply chains. During peak demand, material production slowed.
The average client and home owner were caught rite in the middle and this specific community of people started talking fast. It was said that these building firms could be causing panic in order to earn more on each construction project. People were quick to point out a lot of building firms on the famous facebook app and say that these firms were all in on the scandal. Many residential builders replied back and stood together through the social media madness.
London Building Firm Talks on the Matter
The Building Constructor Building Company have talked on the matter and stated that the facts are indeed true and that labour shortage is a big problem in the uk since Brexit deal. Building constructor went on to say ‘’When Brexit came in place, the labourers with actual paperwork started to vanish’’. More illegal immigrants are being used in the residential building sector to cover for lost European workers and building a normal Loft Conversion or Extension is taking double the time.
They went on to explain how building materials were also in high demand due to shortage of lorry drivers that also went back to Europe after the Brexit deal. Building constructor have some how managed to keep the prices decent and through this ordeal and gained a good name locally in Ealing London.
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