The construction industry faired badly during the 2008 recession, with output falling faster in this sector than the economy as a whole. Since 2009, there have been periods of retraction and growth, but industry experts now believe that the construction industry will go from strength to strength.
Last year, the UK construction industry contributed £103 billion to the economy, and in the third quarter of 2014, it employed 2.1 million people.
But what is planned for the future of the construction industry? Are we building for a better future?
The Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy provides a vision of how industry and government plan to work together to transform and grow the construction sector in the next decade.
The strategy sets targets and goals designed to improve this sector’s overall efficiency by:
- reducing both the costs of construction and the whole life costs of assets by 33%;
- reducing the overall time from inception to completion of new builds and refurbishment projects by 50%;
- reducing carbon emissions by using new technology and new materials to reduce the ecological impact of construction on the environment by 50%;
- reducing the trade gap between total exports and imports of construction products and materials by 50%;
- creating a UK digital design hub with the emphasis on smart construction practices;
- developing the UK’s existing trading relationships to foster new opportunities and investment;
- Improving the image of the industry to attract new industry entrants by engaging with young people and maintaining a safe environment for them to work in;
- Ensuring that the construction workforce has the necessary skills and experience, and that there is a common gateway to obtain the necessary training and qualifications;
- The government also wishes to establish a method to determine in good time the demands that will be placed on the construction industry in order that any short falls in terms of labour, materials etc can be addressed before they arise;
- identifying and resolving blockages in the supply chain; and
- promoting an industry wide culture of research and innovation and knowledge sharing.
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