Andrew Huxley, Managing Director of concrete block manufacturer, Besblock, says the industry needs to find a solution and take action before it's too late.

Demand for building materials is ‘higher than ever’ but the industry needs to find a solution and take action before it's too late.

The warning comes after a survey found that construction input prices rose at a near-record last month. 

The demand for construction projects is holding up well and our various teams are busier than ever but prices of materials are causing problems. We’re having to deal with transport delays as well. 

It’s obviously great for us as a business and means our teams are constantly busy but we are noticing a serious supply-and-demand issue among the big developers and we’re doing everything we can to even this out.

There’s a lot going on in the industry and we need someone to take action really before it becomes a crisis.

We make millions of concrete blocks, supplying the nations leading housebuilders from our two-factory site in Halesfield and orders are coming in thick and fast.

We’ve never seen demand like this from the construction sector. Every client wants more blocks, more often.

In many respects it’s the perfect storm. You have an incredibly buoyant housing market plus people appear to have more money in their pockets post lockdown. This coupled with huge capital projects all around the country consuming vast quantities of raw materials.

The business is coping but we are keeping a close eye on price rises and supply.