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Construction Sector To Be Transformed Through Innovative Tech
Thanks to a new partnership between the construction industry and the government, the sector looks set to be revolutionised through the use of innovative technologies in a bid to boost productivity.
A new deal has been struck worth £420 million to help increase productivity and build new houses quicker with less disruption. For example, investment will be made in bytes and mortar smart construction where digital building design is prioritised, as well as new manufacturing technologies and offsite manufacturing… all of which will help slash the time taken to bring new builds to market by 50 per cent.
The government will also work alongside the Construction Industry Training Board to ensure that that more focus is put on future skills needs and the number of approved apprenticeships standards increased significantly.
Announcing the new plans, business and energy secretary Greg Clark said: “The construction industry is fundamental to growing our economy as we build to invest in our future. Major infrastructure projects like HS2 and the commitment to deliver 1.5 million homes by 2022 mean that we need a construction sector that can drive innovation, delivering homes and infrastructure quicker.”
This comes after a review of the sector by former minister Sir Oliver Letwin noted that new house construction speeds must be accelerated in order for the government to meet its own targets for housebuilding.
The study found that while there were 684,000 properties with planning permission in July 2016 just over half of these have thus far been built. It was suggested that a lack of variety of new builds is in part what is restricting industry growth, because developers don’t want to release all properties for sale at the same time – which would drive down market prices of other local homes.
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