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Pent-up demand and difficult choices: Rupert Perkins reflects on the construction industry in 2020

12th March 2020 |

To work in the construction industry is to brace yourself for the inevitable peaks and troughs. Sometimes it feels like you’re stuck in an endless cycle between feast and famine.

In the lull before Christmas, you could almost see the tumbleweed drifting by. It felt like everyone was biding their time, seeing what would happen with the election and Brexit before they made any big decisions on new construction contracts.

Flash-forward just three months and it’s the opposite: a stampede of potential projects. At John Perkins Construction, we’re delighted at the number and scope of opportunities in front of us. We’re seeing interest across all sectors: health, education, charitable, commercial.

It suggests that economic uncertainty has led to pent-up demand. There’s so much demand, in fact, that we’re now having to make difficult choices about what to bid for. Feast or famine, indeed!

As the old saying goes: the only certainty is uncertainty. We don’t yet have a full picture of how COVID-19 will affect the economy. However, the depth of opportunities that are coming our way gives us hope that the year ahead will be more feast than famine.

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