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Weak starts to limit construction after 2021

We think that delayed Central London office projects and new industrial starts will drive commercial construction output this year. But once the backlog of delayed projects has been exhausted, we think structural factors and high costs will deter developers from building new projects further out.
Prohad Khan Property Economist
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