The main output from the project will be a report of circa 100 pages.
In structure (a draft table of contents is attached) the report will
set the industrial market in context using political, economic, social
and technological frameworks.
The trends apparent in the industrial market will be defined and discussed
and the sector split down into standard industrials, distribution warehouses
and workshops. For each of these categories, the spatial and occupational
characteristics will be defined and the drivers discussed.
Future expectations based upon survey data will be placed in the context
of scenarios based upon legislative change, economic pressure, social
considerations and new technology.
The conclusions will include a detailed analysis of the prospects for
each industrial type including changes in patterns of demand, supply
and implications for the performance of the sector.
The report will be launched formally at the end of the project.
Because this is a dynamic, fast-changing area, the content of the report
will be supplemented by a website.
This will act both as a platform for discussion and an archive of case
studies and scenarios developed by the project. The site will have a
secure content area for project participants only giving access to the
survey data, but also an open area for interested observers.
The website will survive the project for a minimum period of two years
and provide an ongoing framework for discussion.
In addition to the formal launch of the project report, a series of workshops
will be set up to present the detail of the research and to foment further
debate on the issues raised. These will be a mixture of sponsor-only
and public meetings.