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October 2020

Concrete Works lead time remains at 11 weeks following a rise of 1 week last quarter; contractor’s enquiry levels remain up but workload remain down compared to 6 months ago, contractors do not anticipate lead times changing over the next six months.

Structural Steel Frames lead times remain at 17 weeks with workload and enquiry levels down over the last six months. Contractors forecast no further changes for the next 6 months.

Cladding – Reconstituted stone lead time is 29 weeks, workload remains the same as six months ago, but enquiry levels are down. No change to lead times are forecast for the for the next 6 months.

Cladding - Natural Material lead times remain at 39 weeks, workload remains the same, but enquiries are down compared to six months ago. Increased lead times are anticipated over the next six months due to closure of manufacturing facilities.

Cladding – metal panellised system Lead times remain at 52 weeks having increased by two weeks last quarter. Lead times are anticipated to further increase over the next six months due to some suppliers continuing to report increasing procurement periods and potential labour issues.

Cladding – curtain walling system lead time is 50 weeks, companies continue to be busier than six months ago with enquiries remaining the unchanged, several companies anticipate lead times increasing in the next six months. Concerns about the impact of Brexit on delivery times.

Roof Finishes – asphalt membrane lead times remain at 8 weeks having increased by one-week last quarter. Enquiries are lower than six months ago but there are signs of workload levelling off. Availability of materials and restrictions on labour has been the main issue but there are signs of this improving.

Roof Finish - profiled metal lead times remain at 15 weeks, despite workload and enquiry levels being lower. No changes in lead times are anticipated in the next six months.

Façade Cleaning Equipment lead times remain at 33 weeks, contractors continue to be busier with increased enquiries compared to six months ago, but they do not anticipate any change in lead times over the next six months.

Brickwork lead times remain at 11 weeks. Workload and enquiries remain at a consistent level therefore no changes in lead times anticipated over the next six months. There are some concerns regarding labour and material availability due to Brexit and Coronavirus.

Blockwork lead times remain at 7 weeks, companies do not expect lead times to increase over the next six months with workload and enquiries remaining the same.

Dry lining lead time remains at 13 weeks. No change is forecast over the next six months.

Demountable Partitions lead times remain at 11 weeks with companies reporting reduced workload and enquiry levels, however lead times may increase over the next six months due to materials in short supply.

General Joinery lead time is 18 weeks, workload and enquiries remain consistent and materials and labour are not seen as issues. Specialist Joinery lead times remain at 26 weeks; current workload is down but enquiries are up. There are some issues with availability of veneers out of Europe. No increase in lead time is anticipated over the next 6 months.

Raised Floors lead times remain at 6 weeks, workload and enquiries remain down, but no changes to lead times are forecast in the next six months.

Architectural Metalwork lead time remains at 13 weeks, workload and enquiry levels are reducing with a chance that lead times will decrease in the next six months.

Decorative Wall Covering lead times remain at 4 weeks with no change anticipated in the next six months. Workload and enquiries remain consistent.

Internal Stone Floor and Wall Finish lead times remain at 16 weeks; there are signs that enquiry levels and workload are on the increase but no change in lead times are forecast for the next six months.

Soft Floor Finish lead times remain at 11 weeks. Workload and enquiry levels remain unchanged therefore no change to lead times are anticipated.

Passenger Lift non-standard lead time is 50 weeks. Companies continue to anticipate that Coronavirus will impact material availability with the potential for an increase in lead times in the next six months.

Electrical Package lead times 23 weeks following last quarter’s increase by three weeks, with no change in workload and enquiry levels there is no change in lead times anticipated over the next six months. There are concerns over availability of labour, particularly in London due to large infrastructure projects and the impact of Covid.

Mechanical Packages lead times remain at 25 weeks. Workload and enquiry levels are mixed but they do not anticipate lead times changing in the next six months despite some issues with availability of materials due to Covid.

Ductwork the lead times remains at 8 weeks, with workload and enquiry levels remaining static no change is forecast for the next six months. Material availability has been a problem but is resolving itself.

Controls Lead time is 9 weeks; contractors’ workload is down but enquiries are stable, no do change in lead times is forecast over the next six months.

Sprinklers Lead times remain at 8 weeks; contractors’ workload and enquiry levels remain consistent, there are signs of an increase in lead times over the next six months. Specialist equipment and pipework fabrication are currently on longer lead times due to the impact of Coronavirus.

Fire detection and voice alarm systems lead time remains at 13 weeks following the increase by 3 weeks last quarter. Workload remains consistent and enquiries are down. Lead times are anticipated to increase further due to the availability of materials due to the impact of the pandemic.

Logistics Services lead time remains at 5 weeks; contractors’ workload levels are down whilst enquiries remain stable, companies do not anticipate change in lead times over the next six months. There is uncertainty over labour and material availability due to the impact of Coronavirus.

Despite shortages in materials and the restrictions and availability of labour due to the impact of Coronavirus; lead times continue to remain resilient to change, with no packages reporting changes this quarter. Many companies have highlighted Brexit as a potential future challenge, but the impact of this is balanced out by reductions in future demand for work being reported.


Data capture and analysis by Mace Business School. For more details on the article and the contributors please visit www.macegroup.com/people/suppliers.