28th April 2017

April Construction Round-Up

This months construction news centres around modernising the construction industry. In April, the CBI have set up a future leaders group with the hope of reforming the industry, while the Farmer Review reports Construction firms must modernise or die. Keep reading for the latest insights

CBI turns to ‘future leaders’ to reform construction

Technology and innovation is transforming the business landscape, and the construction industry is no different. In light of this, The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) have set up a group of young construction professionals, who’s aim will be to come up with ideas on how to reform the construction industry. The group of young ‘rising star’s is made up of members from all areas of construction, designers through to subcontractors.  You can see the full list of ‘rising star’s via Construction Enquirer here.

Scottish builders are booming

In April, The Federation of Master Builders announced results of a recent SME survey carried out in Scotland. The results highlighted SME workloads rose faster in Q1 of 2017 than any time since 2007.

Gordon Nelson, Director of FMB Scotland commented, “Scottish construction SME workloads have now risen for five consecutive quarters and rather than tapering off in advance of Article 50 being served, that growth seems to have accelerated in the first quarter of this year. Even more encouragingly, the number of enquiries for future work has risen solidly and one in two firms are now predicting their workloads will continue to rise in the coming months.” See more insights from the survey here.

Construction must ‘modernise or die’ says Farmer Review

The Farmer Review has published a report, which states the construction sector must “modernise or die”. Unless radical steps are taken to address longstanding problems, the industry faces inexorable decline, says Farmer Review.  With digital and technological advancements changing at a rapid pace, construction firms need to adapt in order to remain relevant. Read the full press release here.

New homes built in just five days

This month, Construction giants H&H UK and SIG Offsite launched a new house building scheme which will see new homes built in as little as five days. The scheme is intended to be used for the construction of domestic houses up to a two-storey height. In addition, each project will only require a single contactor to deliver the whole house shell.  Read the full story here.

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