GLG Network Survey: Infrastructure and Construction

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The GLG Surveys team interviewed 70 senior executives working in the infrastructure and construction space along with distributors of building materials who commented on the latest trends in the space and COVID-19 impact in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • The survey investigated the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and the specific outcomes from the pandemic.
  • Respondents discussed the operational challenges that will play a key role the next three years for the infrastructure and construction space, but also for distributors of building materials.
  • Furthermore, the research covered the trend towards digitalisation in the industry and the factors influencing this.

Examples of findings:

  • The most prominent outcome from the impact of COVID-19 has been higher operating costs (57%), followed by reduction in revenue (51%).
  • Commercial building construction has suffered the greatest impact from COVID-19 (74%), followed by residential construction (49%).
  • The vast majority of respondents (89%) report that businesses will move towards adoption of digital technology, with key benefits reported such as better collaboration (47%) and higher efficiency (43%).


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Andreas Weisser, former Global Business Development Director at OHL Group.

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • In your view, which construction sectors will benefit most post-pandemic taking into account government plans and incentives?
  • From your perspective, what will be the main challenges for the construction industry in the next 3 years?
  • In your view, which of these “events” will have the highest impact on the construction industry in the short term?
  • How significant is the impact of digital technology in the construction business?
  • Do you expect any significant higher demand for sustainability requirements from the following parties?
  • Which of the following fibre cement products has been the most popular one in the following years?
  • Please rank the following building materials in terms of their overall popularity in the following years, with 1 being the most popular.
  • Particularly, how did the sales generated from the following type of building products perform in the following timeframe periods?
  • Please tell us what you believe would be the major challenges in the distribution space of building materials in the next 12 months in your region.


This survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

Request other available and upcoming Network Surveys within the sector:

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    • Questionnaire was drafted by Bradley York-Biggs, former Managing Director at Aston.
  • GLG Tracker: Bioplastics II – New!
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    • Questionnaire was drafted by Peter Clydesdale, former Chief Commercial Officer / co-CEO at NatureWorks LLC.
  • Dry Bulk Shipping – New!
    • 60 executives internationally at bulk shipping operators discussed current trends within the industry.Thesurvey covered topics such as demand and volume from a regional perspective, as well as pricing.
    • Questionnaire was drafted by Mark Williams, Managing Director at Shipping Strategy Ltd.
  • GLG Tracker- European Airports II – New!
    • Second survey to follow the first survey conducted in May 2021. 50 senior executives working at airports in Europe discussed their expected passenger volume and main factors that can help or slow down the recovery to pre COVID-19 levels. The survey also gathered insights on their views on COVID-19 passports and how their introduction will align with country quarantining restrictions, along with projections on which countries will recover the quickest from the impact of COVID-19.
    • Questionnaire was drafted by Alex Kirby, former Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors at Gatwick Airport.



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