Nordbygg looking out for trends in 2022​ ​

Construction in Sweden has, just like the rest of society, been affected by the ongoing corona pandemic. But what are the prognoses for next year and what will be trending in the construction industry in 2022?

Even though Spring 2020 chopped up the building curve a little bit, housing has made good progress since then. For 2022, the construction sector will be characterised by a strong economy with more projects starting, Tor Borg thinks.  

– We see a steep increase in construction tempo during 2021, and there are works in progress almost everywhere in the country in most sectors and segments. Right now, we have an extremely strong economy and a stable economic situation, the future is looking bright and we can expect an increase in construction work, says Tor Borg.

In regards to future construction, Karin Kjellson sees a larger focus on circularity and climate neutral. 

–  More and more, we think about what the society of the future will look like, and we will see new innovations connected to the living environment of the future. In part climate neutral construction, and also circularity, which will be a whole new way of designing buildings. We have to think more about the entire life-cycle when constructing, both in dismantling and reconstruction. I think we will see a trend regarding recycling and a greater use of current structures, such as building houses out of old houses, says Karin Kjellson.

Office death exaggerated 

During the pandemic, there has been a lot of talk about our office spaces dying, but some say the rumour of office death has been exaggerated. Office spaces are still being constructed, even though the numbers are somewhat lower than two years ago. 

– Offices as a property type will remain, however offices won’t be seen as a factory-like environment anymore. We have seen that it is just as possible to perform and work from somewhere else than your office, says Tor Borg. 

Karin agrees and says that architects have not seen a decrease in office orders compared to before, but that the orders have changed. 

– There is a desire to increase utilization rate of the offices and people tend to think more about how to organise the facilities to increase sharing of the space. I think that offices will be seen as a social arena, rather than somewhere you go for working in private, says Karin Kjellson. 

The view of private housing has also changed during the pandemic. More people are investing more money in their living space than before and the desire to have more living space has led many to move out of the cities. 

– I am not sure that the trend will last. We have had an urbanisation since the industrialism and I think the cities will have a comeback. For next year, I hope to see a higher degree of market thinking in housing policy and more focus on the social sides. More should be done for those who are outside the property market, says Tor Borg.