There has been much commentary of late on the effects of material and labour shortages arising due to several factors not least COVID-19, Brexit and global supply chain issues.
Whilst there isn't a sector that will not be touched by these shortages it may not affect all sectors equally. Interesting commentary below on the particular impact on the logistics and warehouse sector due to the steel and cladding, intense nature of building construction in this sector and relatively short build times.
Developers and Contractors in the logistics sector may have to come up with some inventive programme sequencing for works to avoid delays due to unavailability of resources. Of course transparency of communication amongst all project participants, and early identification of any supply chain issues, will be key to assisting with this.
Cladding material delays threaten construction programmes 16 JUN 2021 BY DAVID PRICE Clients are having to reconsider programmes for industrial units due to longer lead times for cladding, according to the boss of McLaren. Logistics units and warehouses are at particular risk from the ongoing materials shortage and delays due to the short construction time. McLaren chairman and co-founder Kevin Taylor said this is forcing a re-think of build programmes: “What we are seeing is projects that we’re tendering now – more in the industrial and logistics sector – programmes could be affected because of the [availability of] cladding material.” Clients are choosing between starting work later, to match the later delivery of cladding, and trying to find some areas of the programme that can be sped up, or having a stop-start programme. “We will build as quickly as we'd normally do, and then there is a break period, almost, because material can't keep up with a build pace,” he said. To mitigate the impact of long-lead times, McLaren has tried to speed up cer...