The UK construction industry needs more than a quarter million new workers by 2026. What does the sector need to do to tackle the skills shortage
As the construction industry responds to climate change and calls to use more sustainable materials, timber is growing in importance.
Some construction firms are well down the path toward a technologically enhanced future, with robots, drones, cloud-based resources and acres of software. But others have work to do. So what should they be thinking about?
The UK has a new prime minister who wants to shake up housing delivery by building more on green belt land. But this would be fiercely contested; is the answer to build more homes on brownfield sites?
The demand for housing in the UK is putting pressure on land, with the consequence that greenfield sites—those that have never been built on—are increasingly seen as a development opportunity.
Given the level of carbon emissions construction generates, the industry knows it has to smarten up its environmental act. Part of the sector’s response will be to embrace more green construction materials, while some, like timber, have been a part of the industry for centuries.
Manufacturing homes in a factory can lead to quicker delivery times and bolster quality
Plastic is a dirty word among those who are concerned about its impact on the environment. However, in construction plastic is playing an increasingly important role in helping deliver pipes, cabling, roofing products and other elements that make up the built environment.
The rate of UK construction workers killed doing their job is four times that of all workers across the country, with falls being the greatest factor. The construction industry has made strenuous efforts to reduce the number of tragic cases over the years, but there is still work to do to make sites safe.
The construction sector has just got back into its stride, but now faces more uncertainty, as rising energy and material prices set to put a dent in the sector’s efforts to return to normal.
The construction industry lags many other sectors when it comes to adopting technology. Could robotics be the answer to the sector’s skill shortage and help deliver faster, better-quality buildings?
Homes have been created underground since prehistoric times, but with the climate emergency getting worse and the issue of land availability becoming more pressing, could we see the construction of more subterranean homes?