Since the last CBI construction sector update, the economic and political environment has been changed substantially by coronavirus, as indeed has the industry itself.
Supporting construction during Covid-19
Following the confusion in Spring as to whether the construction industry should remain open for business, and a shutdown to the housing market that prevented properties being bought and sold, the industry has since attempted to make up for lost time, making hay while the sun blazed for large parts of the summer.
The Construction Leadership Council has been a beacon of leadership for the sector, while businesses across the UK have stepped up, collaborating to deliver projects and protect the supply chain, keeping employees safe on Covid-secure sites, and constructing the Nightingale hospitals in record time.
The Prime Minister and Chancellor have both praised the importance of the construction industry and its fundamental contribution to the country, with the launch of a new government drive to ‘b