Construction industry calls for clean recovery
A new report titled ‘An Electric Decade in Construction’ has compiled the views of industry experts representing 13 organisations, including Wilmott Dixon, Colas Group and the Nordic Construction Company, on the Government’s coronavirus recovery plan and their predictions around trends that will shape the industry across the next decade.
The report shows a consensus that it is vital that the Government embeds considerations around climate change, nature and social sustainability in its mission to “build, build, build”. Contributors to the report were particularly keen to see stricter climate, air and noise pollution targets for the construction sector, in addition to further funding for low-carbon materials, systems and technologies.
UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) deputy challenge director for transforming construction, Mike Pitts, said, “In the past, the construction industry has been somewhat reluctant to make use of the latest innovations… but times of crisis can often lead to rapid change. Recovery from Covid-19 could accelerate the adoption of technology to help speed up construction processes.”