Construction industry roadmap for the future
Posted on 15th June 2020 at 10:23
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) published its ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ strategy on 1 June. The idea is to drive recovery in the sector and to help the wider UK economy.
As we move on from the coronavirus outbreak and the economic downturn that is expected to follow it, construction will have an important role to play.
Construction employs over 3million people in a wide range of professions and trades, including electrical installation and maintenance. It also exports valuable products and services.
The strategy aims to build capacity in the industry. Its priorities are to:
increase prosperity across the UK
contribute to decarbonisation
support modernisation through digital and manufacturing technology
deliver better, safer buildings.
The two-year plan has three phases, summarised as restart, reset and reinvent.
Restart – in the short term, as restrictions are eased, the priority will be to increase activity, getting people back to work and keeping disruption to a minimum.
Reset – while the economy is expected to shrink, the strategy aims to drive demand. The aim will be to increase productivity where possible and to strengthen the supply chain.
Reinvent – the longer-term aim will be to change the sector through collaboration and partnership, delivering better value.
Benefits of the construction industry roadmap
There are already national strategic infrastructure priorities, set out by the National Infrastructure Commission, and a vision for the sector for 2025, although things have changed quite a lot since it was published in 2013.
The strategy aims to provide better coordination and improved long-term productivity to boost the economy, improve social conditions, and support public services.
Benefits will include:
Sustainability - reducing carbon emissions by up to half and improving efficiency to help achieve the UK’s net zero carbon goals.
Social improvements - better housing and safer buildings.
Economic recovery - growth in construction will support the national and regional economies, improving investment, employment, cashflow and local supply-chains. The strategy includes procurement which focuses on whole-life value, not just price.
Resilience - increased collaboration and innovation will improve productivity and efficiency, giving increasing security and confidence across the sector.
Innovation - developments in digital and manufacturing technologies are expected to improve efficiency and create better products, processes and buildings.
Skills and training - MSE has always placed a high value on education, training and apprenticeships, so we’re glad to see that these are included in the strategy. They will improve career prospects and earning potential as well as occupational health and safety.
These are positive steps for the future, and we’ll be watching progress with interest.
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