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Industry in Focus: Construction in the UK

Why the UK construction sector is so important (portrait)


Headline Statistics about Construction in the UK

  • The UK has the sixth largest green construction sector in the world
  • Around 60,000 jobs are expected to be supported by the insulation sector alone by 2015
  • There are 2.9 million jobs filled in the construction industry
  • Construction accounts for approximately 10% of the job in the UK
  • There are 280,000 businesses in the UK's construction sector
  • Construction contributes around £90bn to the UK economy

What is the UK Strategy for Construction?

In October 2013, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Department of Energy & Climate Change published the Construction 2025: industrial strategy for construction - government and industry in partnership. This policy paper laid out the future of the construction industry within the UK.

The global construction industry is expected to grow by over 70% by 2025 and the UK is well positioned to capitalise on this global growth. The UK has world-class expertise in architecture, design and engineering, and British companies are leading the way in sustainable construction solutions giving the nation a strong competitive advantage for the next decade of global development.

The 2025 Vision

The Government and industry have worked closely together to draw up the vision for the industry over the next 12 years. 

  • PEOPLE An industry that is known for its talented and diverse workforce
  • SMART An industry that is efficient and technologically advanced
  • SUSTAINABLE An industry that leads the world in low-carbon and green construction exports
  • GROWTH An industry that drives growth across the entire economy
  • LEADERSHIP An industry with clear leadership from a Construction Leadership Council

If the vision is achieved, it is hoped that some dramatic goals can be realised. Lower costs, faster delivery, lower emissions and improvements in exports are just some of the ambitions for this industry which has in recent years hit hard times.

How will this be realised?

Neither the industry nor Government can realise this vision alone. They are each reliant on the other which is why they have drawn up a list of joint commitments in order to turn this vision into a reality.

1. Build the UK’s competitive advantage in smart construction and digital design through the Digital Built Britain agenda.

2. Develop market and technology based plans to secure the jobs and growth opportunities from driving carbon out of the built environment, led by the Green Construction Board.

3. Identify global trade opportunities for UK professional services, contracting and product manufacturing, develop partnerships and promote UK construction through the GREAT brand.

4. Improve the image of the industry buy inspiring young people and through the co-ordinated approach to health and safety and improving performance in the domestic repair and maintenance market.

5. Engage with bodies across the industry to ensure that capability and capacity issues in construction are addressed in a strategic manner

6. Develop and refine the pipeline of future work opportunities and make it more useable for all construction businesses

7. Drive procurement efficiency and explore options for further efficiency gains in the procurement process, led by the Government Construction Board and the IUK Client Group.

8. Create conditions for construction supply chains to thrive by addressing access to finance and payment practices.

9. Work with academic and research communities to bring forward more research, development and demonstration to the wider industry and work to remove barriers to innovation.

10. Lead the transformation of the industry through the new Construction Leadership Council, with actions owned and delivered by industry bodies.

What does this mean for Mirage?

It is good news overall from the construction sector and as a company who supplies portable machine tools into the consturction industry, we are pleased to hear a commitment to develop and refine the pipeline of future work opportunities. This will improve our ability to work with customers to plan for future projects, enabling us to be more proactive than reactive.

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