Construction in France – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2020
Construction activity in France was weak during the review period (2011–2015), as a result of depressed economic conditions, which resulted in a deteriorating business environment and low investment in construction projects. Consequently, the industry’s output value in real terms registered a review-period compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.99%.
The industry’s value is, however, expected to pick up over the forecast period (2016–2020). Improvements in investor and consumer confidence, and subsequent investments in rail and road infrastructure, and renewable energy projects will support industry growth. The accelerating pace of foreign investments will also aid the industry.
In real terms, the industry’s output value is expected to record a forecast-period CAGR of 1.49%.
The government is planning to add 2,000km of track to its high-speed railway network by 2020 to enhance regional connectivity. This is expected to drive investment in rail infrastructure projects over the forecast period. The country’s favorable tourism sector is creating the need to increase the volume of leisure and hospitality buildings such as hotels. Investments in educational, training and research sectors through the Future Investment Program (Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir – PIA) will also provide momentum over the forecast period.
Timetric’s Construction in France – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2020 report provides detailed market analysis, information and insights into the French construction industry including:
French construction industry's growth prospects by market, project type and construction activity
Analysis of equipment, material and service costs for each project type in France
Critical insight into the impact of industry trends and issues, and the risks and opportunities they present to participants in the French construction industry
Profiles of the leading operators in the French construction industry
Data highlights of the largest construction projects in France
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the construction industry in France It provides:
Historical (2011-2015) and forecast (2016-2020) valuations of the construction industry in France using construction output and value-add methods
Segmentation by sector (commercial, industrial, infrastructure, energy and utilities, institutional and residential) and by project type
Breakdown of values within each project type, by type of activity (new construction, repair and maintenance, refurbishment and demolition) and by type of cost (materials, equipment and services)
Analysis of key construction industry issues, including regulation, cost management, funding and pricing
Detailed profiles of the leading construction companies in France
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The government is implementing the Grand Paris Express project to provide direct connectivity between France’s suburban districts. The 205km-long transport network project will cost EUR25.0 billion (US$27.8 billion) and includes the extension of two lines of the Paris Metro and the construction of four new automated lines around the capital. Initiated in 2015, the projected will be completed in stages and is expected to benefit 2.0 million passengers per day.
In January 2016, the government announced plans to construct 1,000km of solar panel roads by 2020. The concept is called Wattway and consists of a photovoltaic road surface panel jointly developed by the National Institute of Solar Energy and Colas. Polycrystalline silicon strips capable of absorbing solar energy will be stuck to the surfaces of carriageways and supply electricity to over 8.0% of the country’s population.
To accelerate the inflow of foreign investment the government has introduced tax incentives for foreign start-up companies, removed corporate social solidarity taxes and adopted new labor laws. These initiatives will increase foreign investment and provide momentum to the construction industry.
The government hopes to achieve an offshore wind power generation capacity of 6,000MW by 2020. Accordingly, in 2014, it awarded an offshore wind energy project tender worth EUR4.0 billion (US$5.3 billion) to be developed by a consortium of Areva, Neoen Marine, and EDP Renovaveis.
With the aim of stimulating growth in the housing sector, the government has granted banks that provide zero-interest mortgages a EUR2.0 billion (US$2.2 billion) tax break. According to the scheme, first-time buyers – under a specified income limit – will receive up to 40.0% of the new property cost in finance; an increase from 18.0–26.0% in 2015.