The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched its Construction Sector Deal that aims to use innovative technology to increase productivity.
Worth £420 million, this ambitious partnership between the government, construction industry and BEIS will bring together approaches from a range of industries such as manufacturing, energy, digital and construction to develop and deliver innovative strategies that result in shorter project times and therefore, more productivity.
It is hoped that the Construction Sector Deal will accelerate the move to building safer, more affordable and ultimately healthier places to live and learn, using less energy along the way.
The initiative was launched at a Northern Powerhouse Summit in Newcastle by Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark.
He explained why the Construction Sector Deal is needed and what it will bring.
He said: “The construction industry is fundamental to growing our economy as we build to invest in our future. Major infrastructure projects like HS2 and the commitment to deliver 1.5 million homes by 2022 mean that we need a construction sector that can drive innovation, delivering homes and infrastructure quicker.
“As buildings account for around 30% of total emissions, we also want to ensure that we are at the global forefront in designing and building smart, energy efficient and affordable homes and buildings through the Clean Growth Grand Challenge, saving families money on their bills.
“This Sector Deal is supported by the biggest government investment in construction for at least a decade and will drive economic growth and create well paid, highly skilled jobs in every part of the UK.”
The investment will transform construction by using digital building design and offsite manufacturing, cutting the time to deliver new builds by half.
It also has a firm eye on the future, with the commitment of delivering 25,000 construction apprenticeship starts and 1,000 T Level placements by 2020, helping to alleviate the skills shortage by providing young people with the skills they need.