In New Industry New Jobs, the Government set out its intention to unlock potential in a number of specific growth areas – low carbon, the digital economy, life sciences and advanced manufacturing. Construction is one of the key sectors that will deliver these ambitions
Peter Mandelson said:
“The construction industry must now face the challenge of exploiting the advantages of the low carbon economy.
“I am delighted that Keith Clarke has agreed to take this forward until the new Chief Construction Advisor is appointed to lead this important work. I am impatient I am for rapid progress.”
The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Chairman of the Strategic Forum for Construction said:
“I welcome this announcement. Together with the recent decision to appoint a Chief Construction Adviser, it puts construction right at the front of the shop window. It is absolutely critical that the industry works closely with the Government on this agenda and we now have a clear focus and framework to ensure proper and strategic engagement.”
The review will follow the “Innovation and Growth Team” model which has worked successfully in the past with both the aerospace and automotive sectors. The Construction Innovation and Growth team (IGT) aims to have its first full meeting in October.
The CBI welcomed the news, John McDonough, Chairman of the CBI’s Construction Council, said:
“The construction industry will play a crucial role in delivering the infrastructure that will be needed to build a low-carbon future. The CBI’s Construction Council welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this review, and ensure it focuses on the most pressing issues facing the industry, as well as future challenges and opportunities.
“The industry is already facing a serious skills shortage, which could jeopardise the government’s plans to deliver a low-carbon economy. We also need to see the long-promised national planning statements published as a matter of urgency to ensure low-carbon projects do not get bogged down in planning delays.
“The future health of the construction industry is also being undermined by evidence of some clients using the recession as an excuse to seek the lowest possible tender prices. The government needs to lead the way here by focusing on innovation, partnership and value for money to prevent a race to the bottom.”
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