Construction Policy & Research

Necessity is the mother of all ‘Reinvention’

'Reinvention' of construction is key to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) phased plan to secure the future of construction after the impact of Covid-19, which has seen huge drops in construction output.

‘Reinvention’ of construction is key to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) phased plan to secure the future of construction after the impact of Covid-19, which has seen huge drops in construction output.

In its ”Roadmap to Recovery’ report published on 1 June the CLC’s Covid-19 Task Force highlighted the need to transform the industry through the use of digital and manufacturing technologies to foster greater collaboration, reduce CO2 emissions and improve both sustainability and resource efficiency.

With the Office of National Statistics reporting a 2.6% fall in construction activity during Q1 2020, and a further drop of 5.9% in March due to Covid-19, the CLC believes that pushing forward its transformational objects – including a 33% drop in lifecycle performance and 50% reduction in delivery times – will be key to helping a gradual recovery over the next two years.

“THE UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE OF CORONAVIRUS CALLS FOR UNPRECEDENTED SOLUTIONS.”

Andy Mitchell

These objectives are contained in the third ‘Reinvention’ phase of its roadmap, which kicks in 12-24 months, following the Restart (maximise employment/minimise disruption) and Reset (drive demand/increase productivity) phases.

Reinventing Construction

This phase will focus on three areas:

  1. Transformation – sustain economic growth through the adoption of digital and manufacturing technologies to consistently deliver low carbon, sustainable and better quality outputs and outcomes
  2. Value – adopting procurement models and approaches across the industry and clients to deliver better value and whole life performance
  3. Partnership – stronger partnerships between the industry and its clients, supply chain firms, investment in upskilling the workforce

Among the objectives within the this reinvention phase are the push towards the presumption for offsite among government and public sector clients, and embed net zero carbon 2030-2050 targets in new infrastructure and housing developments, as well as existing buildings and assets.

CLC 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 pace to develop this plan, targeting those interventions that will help the industry get back on its feet as quickly as possible.”

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Image credit: John Brody – Building under construction, London, UK (CC by 2.0)

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