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Construction Leadership Council Announce “Road to recovery”

The Construction Leadership Council published has released its 3-phase “Road to recovery” for bringing the construction industry back to normal following the Coronavirus pandemic which has caused the industry to slow down.

The three major phases they have outlined are the following:

They hope the outcomes of this plan will mean there will be a more capable, professional, productive and profitable sector, which delivers better value to clients, better performing infrastructure and buildings, and competes successfully in global markets.

The CLC believes it will take at least 2 years for the industry to fully recover but most of the recovery work will be done in 2021. The Office of National Statistics reported construction activity fell by 2.6% in Q1 2020, and by 5.9% in March.

Whilst The Construction Products Association estimates that construction output will fall by 25% in 2020, with the largest falls in activity in private housing (-42%), commercial construction (-36%), and private repair maintenance & improvement (-35%).

Among the chief aims of the plan, developed by the CLC’s Covid-19 taskforce, are the retention of key skills and employment of the maximum number of people possible by getting the industry back to work wherever it is safe to do so.

The CLC also wants to ensure a pipeline of future workload for all parts of the sector and boost productivity to secure improved value.

The taskforce’s plan looks at the actions required to overcome the problems arising from the industry entering the recovery phase of the crisis and is now engaging with government to see how the plans might be delivered.

Construction Leadership Council joint chair Andy Mitchell said: “The unprecedented challenge of coronavirus calls for unprecedented solutions. I am delighted by the way that the industry has collaborated at a pace to develop this plan, targeting those interventions that will help the industry get back on its feet as quickly as possible. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to read the plan and consider the part you can play in its delivery.”

Eddie Tuttle, Director of Policy at CIOB, welcomed the plans. He said: “This is an important time for the industry, and a key focus currently is job retention and creation. We are pleased to see this response includes many of our calls made in recent months, including input from our written submission to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry on the impact of coronavirus, and look forward to working with the Construction Leadership Council on making these steps a reality.”