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New construction sector deal

Government aims to boost productivity

05 December 2017

Alongside the Industrial Strategy, the government confirmed a new construction ‘sector deal’. The deal will aim to: substantially boost the sector’s productivity and efficiency (through greater investment in innovation and skills); lower environmental impacts (notably through carbon and waste reduction); and significantly, reduce the whole life cost of new projects and buildings.

The engineering services sector is vital to achieving the whole asset value envisaged by the deal. The government says it “will work to ensure construction is procured and built based on whole life value, rather than just initial capital cost”.  It aims to develop a procurement standard, and cost and performance benchmarks for assets and contractors.

The sector deal, which in many areas will need to be match-funded by government and industry, aims “to bring together the construction, digital technology, manufacturing, materials and energy sectors to develop and commercialise digital and offsite manufacturing technologies”.

Further information on the sector deal is expected in the New Year.