Landscape sector insight

Published with this edition of Horticulture Week is our first Landscape Sector Forecast identifying key development sectors, clients, hot locations and trends of interest to those operating in the landscape sector in the next 12 months.

Drawing on a wealth of planning data from the HW Landscape Project Leads service launched last July, the Landscape Sector Forecast will be updated regularly, keeping HW subscribers ahead of the big market changes.

This first report is unique in the industry and focuses exclusively on projects in the planning pipeline that include landscape works. It finds there are almost 6,000 private housing opportunities, while the social housing sector will add a further 800. While the quantity of private housing projects is on the increase in 2016, social housing project numbers show a decline, reflecting uncertainty caused by shifts in Government policy away from rental to home ownership.

The biggest riser among the sectors is infrastructure, which has strong Government backing. Industry is close behind, followed by hotels and leisure, then education and retail. As with social housing, education projects are feeling the adverse effects of policy change and financial constraints that are only likely to get tougher.

A look around the regions shows while the South East continues to dominate all other regions, at local authority level Birmingham City Council is top of the league with the highest number of projects in the pipeline - a real hotspot with more than one-million square feet of office space scheduled for development in the year ahead.

For more insights, see our report. If you are a subscriber and would like to receive 100 project leads a week via our Landscape Leads Bulletin, email customer services at requesting your free copy.

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