‘Brexit will boost British builders’

MOST respondents believe it will force us to solve the skills shortage once and for all by investing in younger generations and encouraging them into the sector. This places extra emphasis on making sure the CITB is fit for purpose, and also supports the Farmer Report, Modernise or Die.

It also points to resurgence in British building materials, as contractors and house builders protect themselves from any tariffs in future, but also to taking advantage of a blossoming UK manufacturing base.

Offsite and modular construction are also cited as a solution to build quicker in post-Brexit Britain.

Event Director, Nathan Garnett said ‘Offsite and modular construction is a major theme of UK Construction week in 2017 with over 100 manufacturers and suppliers in the sector exhibiting, an increase of 65% on last year.

‘This is a reflection of how Offsite construction has now become accepted as a mainstream method of construction, increasing speed and productivity in the sector.’

Jon Gunn, ceo of Tufeco and a partner at ATELIO, said: ‘We see tremendous opportunity in the next few years for us as British manufacturers of world class modular buildings. We have worked in collaboration with Grimshaw, so our project is a real testament to UK skills and knowledge, and are confident our product can be a real advantage in the challenge to build the homes we need in the next decade.’

One of UK Construction Week and Timber Expo’s partners, Dougal Driver, ceo of Grown in Britain, said: ‘It’s great to hear the UK Construction Week survey indicates support for British made materials. British-grown timber returns social and economic value back to communities here in the UK, supporting rural jobs and local economies.’  

Key survey findings:

64% believe Brexit will force us to solve the skills crisis and invest in younger generations

Over 50% said it will make us buy British building materials

43% believe building material costs will stabilise and 10% think materials prices may actually go down

53% said we’ll embrace offsite manufacturing as a solution to the challenges ahead